Front Desk is the story of a young Chinese immigrant, Mia Tang, who helps her parents manage a hotel and uses her ever-improving English skills to help just about everyone around her. If you’re looking for books that feature diverse characters and tackle inclusion themes (and you should be), this lovely little book deserves a spot in your stack.
Nora and I both loved this story.
You can also listen using any number of podcast platforms and apps including Spotify, Breaker, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.
Season 6, Episode 3: Front Desk by Kelly Yang – Review and Story Structure Analysis
The first part of the episode will tell you WHY you should read this book, then the second part is a bunch of spoilers as we deconstruct the book to find out what makes it SO good.
Things we mention (or forget to mention) that you should check out:
- Story Fix for more details on the four act structure.
- Story Grid for all things related to genre.
- Story Genius by Lisa Cron for how our brains are wired for story and why backstory is important.
- Our mailing list! Sign up today and you’ll get cool subscriber only perks like bonus material.
And, don’t forget, you can now, buy, read and enjoy my book: The Cat, the Cash, the Leap & the List. (And leave a review when you’re done, pretty please.)
Disclosure: By the way, all of these links are affiliate links, so if you buy something, you pay the same, but Nora gets a few pennies for her big 8th grade trip fund.