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Cover Reveal: American Panda

June 8, 2017
The Riveted Team
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Last week might have been our official week of Spring 2018 cover reveals but today we have another one for you! As we’ve mentioned before, there’re ALWAYS new and exciting covers coming from our fabulous art department and we’re always excited to share them with you.

In case you missed it, yesterday Bustle revealed the cover for Gloria Chao’s American Panda (out February 6, 2018)! This laugh out loud contemporary has everything you need from family drama, college life, and meddling parents. Are you looking for more diverse contemporary novels to fill the void left by When Dimple Met Rishi? Then it’s your lucky day: you’ll find all of that and more in this gorgeous and quirky debut novel! Find out more about American Panda below and check out the adorable animated cover .gif—it’s so pretty we can’t look away!

American Panda by Gloria Chao



About the Book:

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

About the Author:

Gloria Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for Dance Dance Revolution, cooperative board games, or spontaneous dance parties. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at

American Panda will be available February 6, 2018!

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