Parents' Guide to

American Panda

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Hilarious story of MIT freshman juggling culture, freedom.

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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


My daughter had to put the book down towards the end because a new character introduced a lot of bad language. No fun to invest in a book, get all the way to the end, and have to put it down for surprise f-bombs. Boo.
age 13+

Imperfect relatives hold grudges for no reason

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6 ):

The emotional mother-daughter relationship, sweet interracial romance, and vivid college setting make this hilarious coming-of-age tale a must-read for teens. Mei's awkwardness plus her fear of germs and her mom's overprotective voicemails provide plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Some of the Mandarin words can be confusing, but you don't need to be Asian or a child of an immigrant to relate to American Panda. It's clear Mei has a deep respect for her family and culture, but her longing for independence is equally strong. Readers will root for her as she figures out a way to embrace both cultures while staying true to herself.

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