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In Hong Kong in the 1990s, three twentysomethings search for love—and learn that they must find themselves first.Chow Jeoi is a lingerie saleswoman who is desperately in love with a married man. She is willing to wait for him, despite her own loneliness—and her increasing uncertainty at the approach of her thirtieth birthday. Fashion model Chui Yuk will do anything to suppIn Hong Kong in the 1990s, three twentysomethings search for love—and learn that they must find themselves first.Chow Jeoi is a lingerie saleswoman who is desperately in love with a married man. She is willing to wait for him, despite her own loneliness—and her increasing uncertainty at the approach of her thirtieth birthday. Fashion model Chui Yuk will do anything to support her boyfriend’s dreams of being a writer, even risk her own career. And law-firm secretary Yau Ying feels lost within her relationship, which, after seven years, lacks passion. Together these adventurous young women will navigate romance and betrayal, personal growth and independence, perseverance and disappointment. And after every heartbreak, through laughter and tears, they will be there to lift one another up.A bittersweet portrait of love, loss, and the triumphs and pains of entering adulthood, Hummingbirds Fly Backwards speaks to a unique and timeless kind of love: friendship....

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ISBN : 28685699
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Number of Pages : 194 Pages
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Hummingbirds Fly Backwards Reviews

  • Jessica | Booked J
    2018-12-17 11:26

    As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Net Galley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.There was something entirely disappointing about Hummingbirds Fly Backwards--sure, there was/is solid writing, gorgeous cover art, a catchy title and opening sentence. But there is something incredibly flat about the entire story itself; constantly lacking something for me. I can't quite pinpoint all that was wrong with it because it did have a world of promise, but it just didn't work for me. I put it down often, wondering if it was just me, but looking now at its rating I see there is a general nod to how lackluster it felt in its reviews.Although most people will disagree with me, I found one of the character's nature to be the novels biggest--perhaps, only--saving grace. Only one. She is unlikable as can be, but for this reader it was to the point where I couldn't help but to like her all the more for it. Sometimes you just can't connect with a character and their flaws, or their complete inability to connect with their reality, but you don't always have to. Chow Jeoi is an unlikable lead but that's just about the most charming thing about Hummingbirds Fly Backwards. While I didn't necessarily root for her, I did find myself feeling rather fond of her and her delusion, her flaws, and she is the only reason I gave the novel 2-stars instead of 1.Continued: BOOKEDJ

  • The Suburban Eclectic
    2018-11-28 11:12

    Adulteresses are always a bit of a conundrum for me. You can't root for them unless circumstances allow and you can't discount them either. And if their story is strong (even if it feels wrong) I'll always walk away satisfied.Chow Jeoi is one of those characters. She's the other woman, and delusional and petulant as can be. However, this story of love and loss was enjoyable in its unconventional telling. I appreciated Chow's snide demeanor, but as the narrative went on her bitterness became too much to bear for even me, who loves a snarky comment. Maybe the nuance of her feelings was lost in translation, but I felt that I was missing something, and I couldn't connect to her now matter how much I respected her wit. While the narrative is a bit stiff and it lacks a gradient affinity, it's still a solid read. ARC provided.

  • Albert
    2018-11-28 06:59

    Hummingbirds Fly Backwards by Amy Cheung is a emotional journey of a novel that is dramatic, insightful, sexist, introspective, narcissistic, and desirous of love and martyrdom. This look into the lives of three Asian women and the men they have fallen in love with is well written and culturally insightful, but still, I had the overwhelming need to hire Rhonda Rousey to go out and bitch slap all three of these women. "...If a woman can make a man think she's sexy without finding her vulgar, then the bra did its job. Smart women understand that sexiness is an investment. That's why we have no shortage of customers-even with the hefty price tags. Our customers consist primarily of high-income career women. Rich housewives aren't willing to spend that kind of money. I saw the bra of a rich housewife once. It was worn to tatters, and the underwire was even sticking out. When a women gets married, it's all too easy for her to assume that everything is perfectly settled, so there's no need to worry about lingerie anymore. The biggest enemy of the lingerie business isn't the economic climate-it's marriage. What is good for business, though, are extramarital affairs..."It is the 1990s in Hong Kong and Chow Jeoi is a lingerie saleswoman in love with a married man. She waits for him to make time for her even though this often leaves her very lonely. As she approaches her thirtieth birthday she is beginning to rethink her life and her relationship. Her best friend is a beautiful but aging fashion model, Chui Yuk. Chui is in love with an aspiring writer and is willing to do anything to help him further his career, even to the point of destroying her own. Yau Ying is an old friend of Chow's whose relationship of seven years has lost it's passion and she now feels that her lover has found another."...You were the one who wanted to end it, so he didn't come looking for you. And yet you're unhappy about it,' Chui Yuk said. 'Even if you tell a man that you want to break up with him, aren't you allowed to want him to beg you to stay..."First off let me say that this was really a good book. It was well written and for a novel that had to be translated from its original language, it flowed incredibly well and the prose made the reading very enjoyable. Its the characters. I don't think I have ever met or read of three women who thought process and mindset could make me cringe more. Chow is a kept woman. Her apartment is bought and paid for by her married lover. Yet it is her that feels that life is unfair that he needs to go home to his wife. It is her that feels that he is taking advantage of her. She throws tantrums like a two year old and then is emotionally distraught when she doesn't get her way. When she breaks up with him she is upset that he doesn't come crawling and instead does the horrific act of respecting her decision. He gives her the apartment and in anger she sells it (and then breaks down in tears over doing it) and tries to give a check for it. If she really wanted to give him the money back she would have given him cash, let's be real here. When he professes his love for her she refuses to acknowledge it even though she has been pining to hear him say that for most of the book. When Sam her lover dies, her immediate reaction is almost one of anger toward him for abandoning her. Honestly, how dare the heartless bastard go off and just die like that? Really! Men!!Chui Yuk is a beautiful woman who is in love with a dreamer. An aspiring science fiction writer who is struggling and she is willing to do most anything for so he can find success. When she agrees to compromise who she is for him, it has devastating results. Worse when she finds that he is not the dream man she had believed in her delusion of love for him to be.Yau Ying is a successful young woman whose breast size has always made her feel unloved and inferior. Now that she is older she is positive that her small and sagging boobs have driven the man she loves into the arms of another woman. She is obsessive over this and even stalks and assaults another woman that she feels is stealing her lover.The men in their lives are nothing to get excited about it either. Sam, Chow's married lover, cannot seem to make up his mind about what he wants. He truly loves Chow but convention and family make it impossible to leave his wife for his younger lover. He puts up with her tantrums and mood swings for the love he feels for her. Yu, Chui's young aspiring writer is so full of himself and his dream that he doesn't see the sacrifices made around and for him. When he finds out he sulks and hides away. Daihoi, Yau's lover is in a rut and unable to communicate his feelings for Yau, so instead of talking to the woman he loves, he goes out and has an affair after all.Beneath this tale of love gone crazy is the under lying theme that breasts make the woman. A woman is valued by the size and beauty of her breasts and that is what gives her value as a person. Really, seriously. This is a novel written by a woman, about women. If it was written by a man, I'm sure the villagers would storming the castle right about now."...When you love someone, you have to hate them a little. You hate them because they make it impossible for you to hate them. Sam was someone that I hated..."This novel states that it is about personal growth for these three women and I could not disagree more. What this novel is about is that when a woman turns thirty...she pretty much goes bat-shit crazy.

  • Lori
    2018-12-13 05:15

    The Cover is great. The beginning held promise, but fell flat. The characters never really make you interested in any of them. And writing was a bit mediocre.

  • Jyotsna
    2018-11-18 10:12

    Disclaimer: I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a complimentary e-copy of this book. This in no way affects my thoughts and opinions of this book, which are my own. To be honest, I was first intrigued by the cover and premise of the book. The premise seemed intriguing- 3 modern women in 1990's Hong Kong, and their relationship issues. Unfortunately, the execution of the novel fell quite flat. These characters were so unlikeable and also just kind of boring. I found myself either rolling my eyes or wondering what somewhat sane person would act in the manner of these women. I understand they're relatively young, but it seemed as though some of their actions were done solely to increase the drama in the stories, and keep the readers interested (in which it did not succeed). A good story doesn't need likable characters, or even sane characters to be successful (think Gone Girl) but it does need characters who are consistent with themselves, at the least. The characters weren't the only problem. The plot itself was weak. There were multiple minor plot points that really didn't need to be included, and just distracted from the story. Harsher editing could have cut these moments out, and kept the story somewhat on track. In addition, some of the plot points just seemed repetitive, and I found myself wondering if I had accidentally gone backwards in the book and was re-reading the same scene. I wouldn't recommend this book to many people, honestly. It had a lot of potential, but it fell very flat. What the author was good at (and why I gave it 2 stars as opposed to 1) was interweaving the stories together, and not having too many characters. Each character was pretty distinct and memorable, and as a reader, I didn't feel overwhelmed with an excessive cast of characters.

  • Dawnie
    2018-12-10 09:27

    The books starts with the rather catching sentences: "I've always wanted to write a story whose protagonist a bra" To me that looks like a very different and Interesting sounding start. Sadly for me the story could not stand up the that, and felt a bit flat overall to me.There was just something missing! that hooked me, in the writing, the characters and the overall story itself. The characters missed actual characterization for me, the overall story for me had no point of actual plot to follow along and felt more like different short stories put together to try and get an entire book together instead of an actual completed and finished story. The entire thing just was a bit of a "what am I reading here" moment from start to finish. That does not mean that this is a bad book, or not worth for anyone to try!It simply means that for me personally right now, this book was not right. That can have different reasons, for one I could just not have been in the mood for this specific type of books , the more romentic, not really having a topic kind of book. Or thre might have been something lost in the translation. Or in the overall cultural differences between what is seen as funny or cute and what I think is. Either way this book was not what I expect and sadly that meant that I did not have the best time reading this.BUT if you are someone that loves a differen type of romance book, if you want to read something translated by a Hong Kong author? If you just love all kinds of romance stories in general? Give this a try and see if it is to your taste. *i recieved a free advanced copy of this book through NetGalley for free in exchanged for a honest review!*

  • Alan Peralta
    2018-12-12 07:22

    "I've always wanted to write a story whose protagonist was a bra. The bra could narrate the more than century-long history of its own evolution."So, it get off to a good start. The first chapter introduces Chow Jeoi, the main character, who works at an up-scale lingerie boutique. How that establish not only the character, but the tone of the novel, it's very interesting and flows very well."If I weren't so madly in love with this man, I'd probably be a little happier. Love is a kind of burden."Then we're presented with Chow Jeoi, and her friend Chui Yuk, romantic interests and the challenges of their love life. Still going good. A brief letter from Yuk's boyfriend, which gives the title to the book, it's a nice piece."'Women always think their own man is worth making sacrifices for. It's other women who don't think those men are worth those women's sacrifices.'"And from the fourth chapter onward, its where it went downhill from me. Suddenly it felt more like a Sex and the City script, with characters moving in circles, predictable history arches and a lack of exploration of any deep that was established during the first chapters.As in the occasions that I have read YA fiction, I think that it was just something that doesn't fit my taste; so I would not say that this is a deficient book, it just didn't work for me. During the last chapters, it just feel to "girly" (not that girly is necessarily a bad thing for a book, I loved Bridget Jones) and contrived.While it didn't make it for me, I can think of a couple of friends who will surely enjoyed it.

  • Deepa
    2018-12-08 03:29

    This book has lot of romance and sad moments, but falls short of any adventure. I could not bring myself to like this story because this book goes on and on about how these women let go of their self esteem and destroy themselves. May be the author attempted to portray these women as forgiving and sacrificing. I could not find adventure and independence either in the story or in these women. Perhaps, the background that women are working is all that makes a reader want to think that the women are independent. Again, there is no mention of their career or how their professional life has helped them find better position in their life. So I could not see independent women. I saw only working women. This might be story of most women who are head over heels for someone but it seems too immature for women in their thirties to be how these characters are described. I found it unrealistic. The three women find it so hard to make any decision and stand by it.It pretty much looks like adolescent heartbreak stories which can be seen in Taylor Swift 's or Selena Gomez' songs! There is no humor. Nevertheless, the attempt capture the emotional turmoil among each of their lives is very good and with lot of clarity. 2.5 stars because the story has good drama, good continuity of the plots in the women's lives and narration.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-30 11:20

    This is the story of a bunch of women living in Hong Kong on the cusp of turning 30 who all are in flawed relationships. Chow Jeoi is in year five of an affair with a married man. Chui Yuk's writer boyfriend is a loser who she supports financially. Yau Ying has been dating a man for seven years who no longer seems interested in her.What a bunch of shallow, stupid people peppering this book. The women are overly obsessed with bustlines, their own and other women's, and superficial attractiveness. They are all desperate to hold onto the worthless men in their lives, to the point of sabotaging their own lives. I was ready to DNF this book but persevered. It did get a little better once the women starting throwing the men to the side and I had hoped for some emotional growth from them, but again, what growth existed was purely superficial. I ended up not really caring about the characters or their lives. The other issue I had was the writing. I'm not sure if this was due to the translator or if the novel was originally written in this fashion and the translator carried it over in English, but the entire book was very stilted. There was very little exposition; instead, things just happen. Characters just say things. What exposition exists is of the telling, not showing variety. It may work in Chinese; it did not work very well in English.

  • Megalion
    2018-12-01 09:18

    Amy Cheung is a very popular writer in Hong Kong. This is the 2nd book that has been translated to English.My impression is very much that she's the Hong Kong equivalent of Candice Bushnell. Chow Jeoi is the lead character and reminded me vividly of Carrie. Especially of her neurotic insecurity about her relationships. Her best friend, lingerie model, Chui, could be Samantha's doppleganger. Later in the book, there is an addition to the group that is easily Charlotte. Naurally, I expected that it wouldn't be exactly like Sex in the City because Hong Kong culture is very different from American. Apparently different enough that I related even less to Chow than I do to Carrie. Samantha was always my girl and Chui was respectively the most liberated and forward of the trio. Ultimately it didn't draw me in that much and I was surprised how their stories played out. I see that this book has already gotten low stars but one must remember that it can't be measured against American culture. I'd been hoping for another Asian equivalent to chick lit like the pair of books by Kevin Kwan. It is but only receives 3 stars from me. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  • Harini
    2018-11-18 05:28

    This book started with an interesting line, holding out much promise. However, the story fell flat after that and was rather a disappointment. A typical story about three women in the 1990s in Hongkong and their lives, the book focussed too much on their love lives. They are all supposedly working and independent but not much is mentioned of the professional aspects of their lives. Even when they meet, the topic of conversation veers off towards their love lives. Each one of them obviously has self esteem issues as they are stuck in destructive relationships - and the story goes on and on about how love is a burden. However the characters themselves got my goat - self-destructive and immature and with no self esteem whatsoever. Also yes, while they do go through certain changes over the book, there is not much of a character growth per se. However, the writing style of the author is good - and the narrative is gripping (despite this being a translation).

  • Ashleigh
    2018-11-29 10:27

    Thank you to Amazon Publishing and Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewThis book is beautifully written. It follows the story of Chow Jeoi, a lingerie saleswoman, who is in love and having an affair with a married man, and her two friends, Chui Yuk and Yau Ying, who are also somewhat unlucky in love. When I read a quick summary of what this book was about, I didn't think I would be able to sympathise with the main character being 'the other woman', but Amy Cheung managed to convey the emotions and heartbreak of it beautifully. By the end of the book, my heart was breaking for Chow Jeoi, and I feel like I need to know what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would happily recommend to all on Goodreads to pick this book up!

  • Gizzard
    2018-12-13 08:08

    An odd book. It is a translation from Chinese, but doesn't have the smoothness of a book translated to read as an English book. Took a bit to get used to. The story is supposed to be about musings on romantic love, but only gets there if love only entails people treating each other badly and women sacrificing it all for cads. It did leave me thinking, and I would have to say if you are looking for something different, this may be a good read. And surprise, the title has a lot of meaning in the story.

  • Kathleen Gray
    2018-11-30 08:27

    Hong Kong chick lit! This is a well written, in distinctive style, and quite entertaining, if not deep. Set partially in a lingerie shop (love the vignettes), it's the tale of two women and their men. Chow Jeoi and her married lover Sam don't have the best relationship but it's the foundation of this quick read which has a twist at the end. THanks to Netgalley for the ARC_ try this one for something different.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-06 08:13

    A refreshing and fun read about three women in various relationship stages and circumstances. Written with humor and honest emotion from the point of view of the Other woman. The writing is tasteful, with an engaging story that is interesting without the use of vulgarity or sex (gasp!). Really!

  • C
    2018-11-21 09:07

    I received this engaging, touching novel as a Goodreads giveaway. The close friendship and loyalty between three women is beautifully illustrated as they support each other through life's ups and downs.

  • Carrie
    2018-12-18 05:04

    I won this book from goodreads giveaways. The characters were shallow and there was no plot.