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He is shy. Unassuming. Inexperienced.She is Subway Girl. Cool. Unattainable.From the moment he sees her on a Hong Kong subway, Simon is intrigued by Amy, but he doesn't have the nerve to talk to her. When he finally works up the courage, he realizes he can't. Because Amy doesn't speak Chinese, and Simon is failing English.But somehow, Amy and Simon connect, and they find tHe is shy. Unassuming. Inexperienced.She is Subway Girl. Cool. Unattainable.From the moment he sees her on a Hong Kong subway, Simon is intrigued by Amy, but he doesn't have the nerve to talk to her. When he finally works up the courage, he realizes he can't. Because Amy doesn't speak Chinese, and Simon is failing English.But somehow, Amy and Simon connect, and they find that they understand each other. Enough for Simon to admit that he is dropping out of school. Enough for Amy to confess that she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend's baby. Amy and Simon feel lost in a world so much bigger than they are, and yet they still have each other.In this brilliant debut by P. J. Converse, two unlikely teenagers discover that love has a language all its own....

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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Subway Girl Reviews

  • Rita Meade
    2019-02-25 08:33

    I received this galley at the Harper librarian preview and read most of it on the subway. (How meta.) At one point, I almost missed my stop because I was so engrossed in the story, which is both highly engaging and deceptively simple (meaning, it is a quick read, but a rich, multifaceted one).The chapters alternate between the perspectives of Simon (who speaks very little English) and Amy (who speaks no Chinese). Despite the fact that they are experiencing life very differently, the two of them form a close (albeit unusual) friendship and help each other through seemingly insurmountable circumstances.Converse tackles realistic teen issues (relationships, cultural differences, sex, abortion, etc.) without ever being heavy-handed, didactic, or condescending. The characters are wholly human; they make mistakes, but they are not defined by them. The dialogue is refreshingly authentic. Converse doesn’t try too hard to inject humor and emotion into this book, and he doesn’t have to. It happens organically and it’s completely effective. As a librarian currently working in a predominantly Chinese-speaking community, I see first-hand the complications that language barriers can cause even during simple conversations. This book offers a unique view of communication difficulties and illustrates the ways in which words can simultaneously confound and illuminate. The author uses language as a way to both distance his characters from each other and bring them together. *There is some adult content, so I would recommend this book to mature/older teens. But recommend it I will, and wholeheartedly.

  • Isabella Kuo
    2019-02-23 08:18

    I first picked up this book because I was intrigued by how two people could communicate without knowing what the other was talking about, but I'll admit it: My expectations were probably set too high.I think the book has potential of being a great(er) book, but it's just missing 'something'. Sometimes I get confused by the dialogue because the author doesn't always identify the language and the speaker. There are also too many insignificant characters that just randomly pop out of nowhere and makes the reader (me) puzzled. The story doesn't really make sense. I mean, there is no actual 'connection' between Simon and Amy. They drop the MP3, then, bam! Friends for life. There was nothing... deep about their relationship. I mean, the concept was nice, but I think that they were kind of brought together because of Simon's physical attraction towards Amy. What do they know about each other? What did they like about each other? (I mean, Simon's likable, but I don't understand his infatuation with Amy.) It was basically dialogue after dialogue. I wish the author could've written more on the development of their relationship, because in my opinion, it wasn't perceptive enough.On the other side, the plot is original and creative, and so are the characters. I thought Amy would be more of a goody-goody, since she is described as the silent and mysterious type, a.k.a. the Subway Girl. Then Simon meets her and actually gets to know her. Apparently, she goes clubbing (I didn't know you were allowed to go clubbing at that age in Hong Kong, but oh well) and she's quite promiscuous. Bah, call me a prude, but I skipped the sex scene. Anyway, she gets pregnant, and then there's Simon who swoops in and saves her by helping her get an abortion. Sweet, innocent Simon. The contrast between the 'best friends' are significant. The author identifies some realistic issues in the story (which makes this a good book) and I think Simon's like this cute obedient puppy that you can't help but like, while I failed to sympathize Amy because of her situation (which I think was the authors intention). Subway Girl wouldn't be one of my favorites. It's more like a pick-up-then-read-then-put-down book. I wouldn't go look for it intentionally. However, despite the fact that I think it lacks depth, it's not a bad read (mainly because of the problems the author pinpoints).(P.S. I THINK KATIE AND SIMON WOULD MAKE AN ADORABLE COUPLE. And there I go, shipping fictional characters together again.)

  • Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
    2019-03-14 08:26

    2.5 StarsEvery time Simon sees a certain young and beautiful girl in the subway, he has daydreams about a chance encounter. Simon is not an outspoken guy, but when he finds out that he will probably fail out of school - no thanks to his English course - he figures he has nothing to loose and summons up the courage to speak to her. Things don't exactly go according to Simon's plan. Amy, 'Subway Girl', doesn't speak Chinese. Simon fumbles his way through the conversation and vows to give this whole English thing another try in order to win Amy's heart. Amy, on the other hand, is too busy dealing with her parents marital problems and hanging on to her older boyfriend. I jumped at the chance to read a multicultural book with Chinese American characters, but this book fell short for me. I was royally confused with the dialogue. It was not Simon's broken English. It was the fact that the conversational passages were short, choppy, and without clues as to whom was speaking. I had to reread several passages over again when I lost track. After three or four times, I didn't think it was just me and my lack of reading abilities. The supporting cast of characters were also....blah. Simon had a handful of friends that would periodically enter a scene and just seem to take up space. They added very little depth to any discussion or add to the story. In my opinion, they were simply in the way. Amy also had a few friends that just seemed to be there. I had no idea what purpose the supporting characters were. Every time Simon and Amy would say their name, I would say to myself, "Who?" On the other hand, Amy's sorry-a** boyfriend had character. Whew, what a jerk! It pains me to think that there are real people in the world just like him. I liked Simon's broken English, it added a sweet and vulnerable quality to him. When he comes to Amy's side in her hour of need, my heart ached a little for him. While he was Amy's hero, it made me not like Amy at all. Simon's willingness to drop everything and anything for Amy made Amy look like a user. It didn't seem to be a reciprocal relationship. In addition, I would have liked to see Amy learn a little more Chinese. She seemed to have no interest and this frustrated me. Multicultural elements, language and setting, were watered down a little too much for me. Shame.

  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    2019-03-21 12:19

    I had heard nothing about this except as a suggestion. The summary sounded interesting and also I like the cover.Amy can speak English but little Chinese and Simon can speak Chinese but little English. And from there you have an adorable, awkward but cute love story...in a way.And for the most part, the book is just that but you find as the story goes along there's more to it I guess. The writing was good, especially the descriptions of the setting. I especially liked that Amy and Simon were actually likable. Overall, it was a quick but cute story. The ending I wasn't expecting but kind of liked that it went in that direction.

  • Ari
    2019-02-23 09:25

    Oh where to start on how sad I was to dislike this book. First the setting of Hong Kong felt extremely vague. I sort-of have an image of how the Hong Kong subway system works and an elementary grasp of the schooling system but that's it. If a book is set entirely in Hong Kong and the summary makes it sound like Hong Kong will play a major role in the story, it should deliver. Another thing I really disliked was the disjointed dual narration of Amy and Simon. It seemed as if the author wrote their stories separately and then combined them without any bother with transitions, smooth or otherwise. Furthermore the story was SO RANDOM. It jumped from subject to subject starting off trivial and then all of sudden Amy was ranting about sexuality and the hypocrisy of her Catholic school. It came out of absolutely nowhere and it was quite annoying. The dialogues were long, it was never clear who was speaking and again, there were no transitions so it all seemed jumbled together. The side characters were ghosts. They were brought into a scene when convenient but I couldn't keep them straight otherwise and their reasons for saying certain things didn't add up (I couldn't understand the character of Katie for the life of me). And the glue of the story, the 'blossoming' relationship between Simon and Amy. What was their connection? They bumped into each other on the subway and through the language barrier they just....fell in love? Became best friends? WHAT?! The ending was a complete groan, open but not with an air of mystery or with enough clues for the reader (or at least not this reader) to figure out what happens next. Honestly it seemed like the author just didn't know where to take the story. I could absolutely relate to Simon's struggle to learn English. I don't even understand some of our grammar rules sometimes (gerunds????) and I grew up speaking the language. I could also relate to him on learning a second language because I struggle with speaking Spanish. I can understand it fairly well but like Simon my brain and tongue freeze when I need to speak in a language different from my own. Even though Amy blabbered on about nothing in particular, Simon was a decent character. He was like a puppy-dog; vulnerable, sweet, just wanting some good company but at the same time he wasn't pure fluff, he battled with wanting to quit school and learning new job skills. So I should say that I understood why Amy liked him but not why he liked her aside from her being beautiful and just different. Furthermore, Amy didn't learn that much about him. The story is an easy read and moves along. The premise of Subway Girl filled me with such hope, a romance between two characters who don't speak the same language and have to deal with the girl being pregnant with another guy's child. Alas, the actual story did not live up to its fascinating premise. The secondary characters blended together and there were too many storylines trying to be juggled. The author dropped the ball on all of them ranging from Simon wanting to quit school to Amy being pregnant to Amy's parents having issues. The fact that the author brought up abortion in a non-judgemental way was nice but the delivery fell flat. There was little discussion of Amy's options and how she felt making the decision. The author brings up a lot of issues (too many I think) in this book but it may be a good starting point for a conversation for some readers. Overall the story made too many complex situations seem simple or just glossed over them (it felt as though the author had a page limit or something).

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-14 11:28

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comSchool is frustrating for Simon. If all he had to do was learn math and science, it might be passable, but in order to graduate, Chinese-speaking Simon must pass the English exam. So far, his practice scores have been miserable, causing him to slip farther and farther behind. Despite encouragement from his longtime friend, Katie, Simon decides he has suffered enough and ditches school to take a job working in a restaurant.Riding the subway to and from school and then back and forth to his job, Simon notices a pretty girl. She seems to get lots of attention from all the boys and men riding the subway. Simon isn't surprised when she shows up at a party he attends, but he is annoyed with how she is treated by the other guys at the party. When the two meet, they share a mysterious connection and a true friendship quickly forms.Amy is Chinese but was born and raised in the United States. In Hong Kong with her mother and brother for the first time, she finds it difficult to communicate, since her parents never pressed the issue of learning Chinese. As her friendship with Simon grows, she finds herself sharing her problems with him, and at the same time, Simon discovers his English is improving as he shares his concerns with her.Will Amy be able to help Simon improve his English enough to pass his exam? Can Simon be of any help to Amy as she struggles with the knowledge that she is pregnant with her former boyfriend’s child?Written by P. J. Converse, who uses her experiences teaching English in Hong Kong, SUBWAY GIRL bridges the gap between two totally diverse cultures. Readers will immediately become attached emotionally to Simon and Amy. Lacking any understanding adult role-models, the two come together to create their own support system. Converse communicates a true understanding of teen issues and the emotions they generate.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-26 08:12

    When Simon sees Amy on a Hong Kong subway, he wants to talk to her. But when he finally works up the courage, he finds out he can't. Because Amy doesn't speak Chinese, and Simon is failing English.Somehow, Amy and Simon connect, and they discover that they understand each other. Enough for Simon to admit he is dropping out of school. Enough for Amy to confess that she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend's baby. Lost in a world so much bigger than they are, Amy and Simon realize they can rescue each other when no one else can.My ThoughtsSubway Girl had great potential, and it's a quick and easy read, but the language made it very difficult to maintain interest. The language issue wasn't just because Simon and Amy couldn't understand each other, but rather from Amy's tendency to ramble, all the while knowing that Simon wouldn't be able to understand her. Sometimes it was also difficult to figure out who was speaking in a group situation, as Converse doesn't always identify speakers. Simon was a great character, but Amy just fell flat for me. She was raised in America and therefore had American attitudes and beliefs, yet kowtowed to her family, friends, schoolmates, etc. Converse tackles some important issues in Subway Girl, including pushy boyfriends, teen pregnancy, cultural differences, and the incredibly intense Chinese education system, using his two years of experience teaching English in Hong Kong as inspiration. For that reason, it's a worthwhile read. Especially important is the message that just because someone looks a certain way, it doesn't mean that they will conform to your beliefs about them. (Amy is Chinese by blood, but was raised in America and speaks very little Chinese.) However, this is not a masterpiece of writing, and that fact is reflected in my rating.Grade: C+wwww.thehopelessbibliophile.com

  • Sherri
    2019-03-03 14:17

    Simon Chan has always been fascinated by “Subway Girl”—a cool, beautiful girl he sees on his subway rides to school in Hong Kong. Those glimpses of her are a bright spot in his life that’s heading downhill. He should be studying for his final exams so he can get promoted to Form 6 (like our 12th grade) but he already knows he’s failing English and will not graduate with his class. Simon’s parents work long, hard hours at their convenience store in Hong Kong. They see no value in speaking English so they never learned English and do not have extra money to pay for an English tutor for their only child. Simon’s too proud to ask or accept help from his friends. “Subway Girl” is Amy Lee, a Chinese-American teen who grew up in San Francisco and has only been living in Hong Kong for 6 months. Amy does not speak Chinese and understands little of it. One day Amy and Simon connect on the subway and begin messaging and emailing each other and forming a true connection despite their language barriers. Their relationship quickly grows to the point where Simon is the only one who can help her when she learns she’s pregnant by her ex-boyfriend. Simon realizes that if he is not graduating, then he needs a job and starts working at a restaurant to earn money and become independent. Supposedly this is a love story, but their relationship was not fully developed for my perspective. The book was frustrating to read at times because it was choppy and awkward in places, perhaps reflecting the lack of language fluency of the characters. Plus, the author only rarely let the reader know the actual language the characters were speaking so I would wonder why Simon’s parents didn’t react to his sarcastic comments, then later realize he was speaking English, but they were speaking Chinese and did not understand his English.

  • Lillie
    2019-03-15 11:32

    My Review:SUBWAY GIRL is one of the most unique books that I have read this year, and it is coming in at the very end. I like the concept of Simon and Amy, and how their relationship evolves from a shaky first meeting, to a tentative friendship, then to something much more intimate, that approaches love. Though they are both Asian, Simon is a native of Hong Kong, while Amy moved there from America with her family. He speaks almost no English, while she speaks very little Chinese. However, mostly through Simon's persistence, they manage to transcend the language barrier.Simon's character undergoes much development, and the reader spends much of the time seeing things from his perspective. There are times that the prose and dialog seems disjointed, but it never put me off of the story. In fact, I think it contributed to the underlying plotline of Simon learning to speak English. Converse has written an engaging novel of cultural differences, overcoming language barriers, friendship, love, and acceptance. SUBWAY GIRL is a quick read; this ARC edition is just over 200 pages. I especially like that this is a great addition to books that expand diversity in publishing, while not being exclusive. It's easily a book that many people can relate to, no matter their ethnicity.4/5 for plot4/5 for characters4/5 for languageMy Rating: 12/15 Highly Recommend (3.5 stars)

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-10 08:16

    This was the kind of book I enjoyed the more I thought about it. I put the book down thinking it was incredibly simple, but the more I thought about what was alluded to, but unsaid, the more I felt like the simplicity allowed for reader exploration (rather than just being shallow). There was a lot shown to the reader, but very little told.

  • Bohdan Burban
    2019-03-06 06:10

    A magnificent work that captures the lives of teenagers amid the bustle of Honk Kong. The author skilfully navigates the cross-currents of language, culture and reality in their words, without even a hint of either censorship or condescention.

  • Mum
    2019-03-04 10:35

    A very beautiful story about the fears, the bravado, the strength of youth, and the complexity of love.

  • Karina Escajeda
    2019-02-27 10:35

    im typing this up on a clunky pad so well see how many errors i end up with... i gave this 4 stars because of the fact that it was written by an ell teacher to augment a class. the writing is purposefully accessible to ells and there's enough intrigue for older teens. id like to see more hi/lo books written for ells.

  • ••Lassie••
    2019-03-09 06:24

    Subway Girlwas a great idea but I felt as if too many ideas were smashed into one tiny book. There were many unecessary plot twists. I was perpetually confused because many of the characters were never introduced or had very brief backstories. Also that ending. WHY? The ending killed the good feelings I had about the book.

  • Sydney LaForest
    2019-03-17 08:13

    2.5 Stars While I found Subway Girl to be an interesting, sweet book, it was nothing special. To me it was the kind of book that you don't mind reading, but wouldn't have any problem setting it down and never picking back up. This book had potential, I admit, but in the end fell short for several reasons. When you begin, it's very slow going. The beginning seemed scattered and was quite dull -- luckily, it doesn't remain that way for TOO long or o wouldn't have continued. There are a ton of side characters, but none who have any importance whatsoever. I realize the main purpose of this novel was to follow the story of Simon and Amy, but side characters are like the spices in soup. The book is simply bland without a few kickass sidekicks thrown in. A book can have a strong lead and an excellent plot, but it simply won't be as enjoyable without more side characters who arnt just THERE but have meaning, unique personalities, and impact the story. As you can tell, this wasn't the case in Subway Girl, which heavily altered my final thlights of it. Let's face it -- the relationship between Amy and Simon was cute, but that's pretty much it. I'm no love doctor, but I really didn't sense a deeper meaning behind their relationship. It was all surface attraction and instantaneous bonding.I get that he was always there for her, which is very sweet, but their relationship just didn't have time to develop enough. Maybe if it would've, the book would've been more enjoyable.This next part may just be an error on my part, but it seemed that Simon didn't understand at all that Amy was pregnant. Maybe this is just me, but Simon acted so obliviously to the fact that she was pregnant that it almost seemed he didn't know she was at all. Also, it was just another abort and move on. Not exactly deep, let alone creative. In the end (literally and metaphorically), Subway Girl failed to live up to my expectations. I thought it was going to be heavier than it actually turned out to be, but for an abortion story it was fairly light, maybe in the gray area between light and heavy. Go ahead and give it a try, though, if you're not too into details, it may be the book for you. However, I think it will be read and forgotten within a matter of moaths. It's, simply put, not memorable.

  • Olivia Murphy
    2019-03-24 07:30

    This book was ok. I enjoyed reading it, because the plot was simple and easy to follow, and the setting made it kind of fun, but I had a hard time falling in love with the plot or characters.As far as the plot goes, it was alright, but I couldn't figure out where the climax was. Maybe that's just me. It might have been one of the times they run off together for a day for no good reason or maybe it's when Amy finds out she's pregnant, but I really could not tell. Also, based on the summary, I assumed the pregnancy would be a major aspect of the story, but it didn't come about until halfway through. When it did happen, it fell flat. (view spoiler)[ She got an abortion and was done with it. All it added to the plot was one more thing for her to dump on Simon.(hide spoiler)]When it came to the characters, I felt that while Simon and Amy's relationship/friendship was kind of deep, it was deep for no reason other than they had no one else to turn to. Also, the fact that Simon could barely speak English almost made it seem like Amy was the one "in charge" and Simon was kind of like her pet. I wasn't too fond of Amy either, seeing as she was constantly out clubbing pretty much every night. (view spoiler)[And then she decides to get an abortion which I very passionately disagree with.(hide spoiler)] I also had a bit of an issue with the fact that neither of them cared about school at all. (view spoiler)[ Simon just stopped going to school, and then Amy gets him to take the exams anyway, because apparently the school's just going to let him back in.(hide spoiler)] I'm also not very fond of characters who blatantly have no social life. No offense to people who can relate to those characters, I just don't enjoy reading books with characters like that.So in conclusion, Subway girl is a decent book for some light reading, but it was definitely NOT one of my favorites.

  • Deyanira
    2019-03-15 07:29

    Subway Girl by: P.J. Converse is about Amy Lee a girl from San francisco and moved to hong kong. Her family moved to Hong kong because of her parent’s divorced. Later,Amy meets Simon on the subway. Simon's parents run a small odds-and-ends shop and have high hopes for him to be the first high school graduate in the family, but he struggles with learning English, and is in danger of failing out of school. Despite that Simon is in love with Amy which his friend refer to as Subway Girl, when in desperation he speaks to her, he discovers he really needs to learn English so they can talk.This is my first time ever reading this book by P.J Converse. I’d say that this book is really good. To be honest I’m not a fan of reading, and I’d realize that reading is not that bad at all. I don’t really like the ending of the book because they both didn’t have an happy ending. I think they both deserved a happy ending because Amy and Simon gone through a lot of staff in their life, which I understand. Simon kept his feeling for so long how he feel about Amy and Amy loved Simon too but she scared to date another guy, again.(SPOILERS)Is really sad that Amy had to go back to U.S and had to leave Simon. It’s really good story in the beginning but in some of the middle part I didn’t like it much. If I would change anything from this story I would change the ending because I think the two characters deserved and happy ending. I would like to know what would happen in the future between the two characters.I think is a good book and I recommend it to a friend. I might need to start read more book. Again, not a big fan of reading but realized that reading do help me learn more words.This book made me rethink and changed my mind and I want to start reading more.

  • Ivy
    2019-03-12 10:32

    When I first discovered this book, I wanted to read it because it takes place in Hong Kong and the language barrier between Simon and Amy.What stroked me about the setting of Subway Girl in Hong Kong was that it brings back some vacation memories. However, when I read Subway Girl, most of the places that was mentioned within the book, I’ve never heard of before. I feel more of a tourist reading this book, but it makes me want to be able to go back to Hong Kong and visit some of the mentioned places!Subway Girl was a quick and interesting read. I could follow the story with ease as the story goes on. I enjoyed the part where Simon stepped out of his comfort zone to actually talk to a girl. She isn’t just any girl, she was Subway Girl. Subway Girl, Amy, has been the top of the talk list with Simon and his friends. Simon was afraid of talking to her, but he stepped out of his comfort zone to do so. However, when he finds out that she couldn’t speak Chinese, which made it hard for him to communicate with the girl he likes. There was a language barrier, but he knew enough English that Amy could understand him. With this, their friendship starts to grow.The author addresses some important issues within Subway Girl, teen pregnancy, relationships, and different cultural backgrounds. Each issue mentioned is a big part of this book. I think it is important to keep these issues in Subway Girl because without them, the book wouldn’t be what it is. I like that the author addresses these issues because it could be relatable to many teens today.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-15 09:14

    I was excited to read a book set in Hong Kong because that is a place I have always wanted to visit. I did very much enjoy that part of the story. When there were descriptions of places, especially by the water, I found myself being able to visualize it pretty well. That was the stongest point of the book for me.Simon and Amy were interesting but I did not find myself being very invested in either of them. I felt like I should have had deep feelings for the situation that Amy was in but I didn’t. Actually, I really did not feel like Amy was all that broken up over her situation. Simon was much the same. I think he cared that he was failing English but he did not really seem that effected by Amy’s situation either. I liked specific parts of the story more than I liked it as a whole. I actually liked reading about Simon working in the restaurant. I wish that there had been more of that. I also wonder if this novel was originally written with the conversations in Chinese and most everything else in English. I think that would actually make the flow of the novel better. (Of course I could not read it then because I can not read Chinese) For me this story was just pretty good. I enjoyed my time reading it but I did not think about it much once I finished the last page. BOTTOM LINE: It had some good points but it was not my favorite.

  • The Bookologist
    2019-03-06 14:31

    Likeable and lifelike, Subway Girl is a light, but yet powerful story over coming different languages and it’s barriers. There are many teen issues that occur in this novel, making it a pleasing learning experience; no matter the culture, society, or background.With alternative perspectives in the chapters, both Amy and Simon were well established by the end. Amy, who does not know how to speak Chinese, grew up in America and has the American beliefs and background. Simon, who barely speaks English, goes through a lot of developments and undergoes the language barrier. Nothing was that special about the characters, but, they were realistic with the fact that they made mistakes and weren’t perfect.Converse does tackle many teen issues in Subway Girl. Friendships, relationships, teen pregnancy, and cultural differences all occurred in this novel. Amy does confess her mistakes to Simon as soon as they get close. Early on in the story, their friendship starts out here and there, but then it gets serious and their feelings suddenly start to luster.With Converse exposing her teaching in Hong Kong, Subway Girl is a new type of take onto two very diverse cultures. This story has some authentic layers and communicates with a voice indicating teen issues and the emotions that comes with them.3.5 stars.

  • Joy (joyous reads)
    2019-03-02 11:06

    3.5 stars!Simon Chan is failing school. His parents expected so little of him. "Life begins when school finishes!" his father would yell. They just want him to finish school and help out in their tiny store. Amy Lee is a Chinese/American who just moved to Hong Kong from San Francisco. She is the subway girl. Unattainable, pretty and who speaks little to no Chinese. Let me just say that I was kind of surprised where this story went. The cover seemed so innocent and unassuming but then when I started reading, I was surprised by the promiscuous lives that Amy and her friends lead. But I'm probably just a bit naive and in denial that someday soon, my ten-year old girl would be exposed to this kind of reality. It's a scary thought. Simon is the sweetest boy I'd ever had the pleasure of reading. He's so determined to find a life for himself outside his parents' store and thought that learning how to speak English will grant him the ticket. I loved the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. The way the author wrote this made me feel like I was there. I can almost hear the scuttling pedestrians on their way to their own daily grind and smell the aroma of fragrant food from every street corner. This book was like a rush of cold air to the face--shocking in its honesty.

  • Malia
    2019-02-23 10:10

    I devoured this book in about two hours. It's been a long time since I read a book that fast. I appreciated it's brevity. I still got a lot out of it. Though I think in some ways they cut out too much. Like previous reviews I sometimes found the dialogue hard to follow and making the switch between chinese and english wasn't always clear.But I adored the book. I sucked into the setting. It's not every day I get to travel to Hong Kong in a book. The story did a nice job of traveling through Hong Kong to many different areas with Simon and Amy. I liked that it focused on two Chinese teen who are not stereotypical. Simon is not doing well in school and his family doesn't seem to care about education. Amy is kind of a "bad girl". I really liked the outlook on sexuality in Hong Kong and how it's as confusing as any other place. I felt like Amy and Simon's friendship was really natural and sweet. Amy's pregnancy plotline was handled well. There was a lot packed into this sweet little book. The most important part was about finding yourself and not what others think you should be. That's a universal quest anywhere in the world.

  • Carrie
    2019-02-23 08:13

    2.5*As with Epic Fail I want to add the caveat here that I'm not the intended audience for this book, so my rating reflects that fact. I did enjoy the book and on some levels I thought it was well done. I had problems with some of the dialogue. It wasn't the language barrier, but the odd choice of words at times even between speakers who spoke the same language. (Hard to explain unless you've read the book.) I also feel like too many story details are alluded to but not actually developed. Due to that Subway Girl isn't a very deep book. Unfortunately, it covers some important topics so the shallow treatment makes me uneasy. The book shows little or not connection between the teens in the story and their parents. I feel sad that any young adult reading this book will get the feeling that this disconnect isn't important and that the problem encountered by Amy can be taken care of just this quickly and easily.At the same time I found the story surprisingly compelling and was moved by the relationship between Simon and Amy.

  • Risa Saiga
    2019-03-11 07:28

    A story of two teenager life, who's life is complicated in individual situations. The story take place in China, mostly in Hong Kong. The main character, Simon has a extreme crush on the 'Subway girl' who rides the same train everyday after school. When he finally gets the courage to meet her he finds out they can't, because the subway girl, Amy can't speak Chinese, and Simon is failing English. In someway they connect and managed to understand each other. While the story continued they go through a amazing friendship, then to something more deeper, that showed love. In the end Simon learns that times passes and life moves on to something good, big and beyond, closer to the future."Subway Girl" is a unique book that contains many situations and teenage issues and solve their problems by getting help from each others. I liked reading this book, because it can relate to some of the teens problems by reading thought the book. What I mostly loved about this book is it made me learn how sad or hard this world can be and that's why we all have friends or families to help each other out when ever situation we'r in.

  • Alexa
    2019-03-10 10:25

    Simon is a teenage boy that only speaks Chinese. He is learning English for a major test he will have to take, but it is very hard for him, and doesn’t enjoy it. Amy, also known as “Subway Girl” to all the boys is new to Hong Kong. She also doesn’t speak Chinese, which makes it hard to communicate with Simon. But communicating with Simon shouldn’t be what Amy is most concerned about. Because she recently found out that she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby. After finishing this book, I found it to be okay. It wasn’t as good compared to when I read the blurb. The blurb definitely made it more interesting because it seemed like Simon and Amy couldn’t communicate at all, so I started to wonder what would happen between the both of them. but in reality, they can have a few conversations where they try to get to know each other and talk about school. Also, what made me read this was that I found out that I can connect to it just from reading the blurb. I am also Chinese like Amy and Simon, but don’t speak Chinese. So for me personally, it is hard to talk to my grandparents like how it is hard for Amy to talk to Simon.

  • Eva Leger
    2019-03-19 10:36

    I took a chance on reading this. I wasn't sure how I would take to it and when I received it and started I was shocked to say the least. It's an easy book to get into. I was taken by not only Simon and Amy but Katie as well. I think there are a lot of young adults who will be able to relate to all of the younger characters in the book and that's a great thing in this case. Even with the problems the good comes shining through. I don't know much about foreign languages but it seemed like something was missing somewhere. I can't explain any better than that. Little things, tiny even, seemed off to me. There was one part when the girls little brother was said to be "barking" around her ankles. Was it meant to say her dog? I read an ARC so anything is possible but I wanted to add that in. For a first book Converse did a great job and I'd definitely read another book of his if he writes again.

  • Jinyoung
    2019-03-17 14:12

    I loved it!!! I’m not even a young adult but this book is so magical to get into my memory. I just couldn’t stop reading until finishing. PJ Converse captures exactly what teenager issue is and solves their problem in a brilliant way so gently and emotionally. It gives you hope to discover this world in your own way which why I love about this book most.I don’t know what the other few people’s problem giving two stars on this book. I’m so relate to Amy’s world as a teenager being different than others in whatever she has, at the same time Simon, big heart, romantic, trying to speak English as a second language to speak to who he loves. I know how difficult to start relationship with someone who doesn’t understand their own language however it doesn’t matter once you open your true heart to someone you want to be with.It’s clean yet so rich like having a piece of perfect dark chocolate you never want to stop …

  • Adriana Alarcon
    2019-02-24 06:09

    In the book " Subway Girl" by P.J. Converse talks about a guy and girl who don't speak the same language they both fall in love but some how Simon and Amy understand each other perfectly. Like if something connects them together. The story takes place in Hong Kong where they met. The main characters are Simon and Amy I think this book helps you realized what a true love should look like. For example in a relationship two people should always stick together matter what happens between them two. The word "Love" is a different feeling than just saying.In Hong Kong Simon sees Amy but he didn't have the courage to talk to her. He was afraid that she was not going to be able to understand him because he was failing in his English and she doesn't speak Chinese. Simon frustrating in his English class and feels like his going to fail They were just two teens in love like any other couples you see. w

  • Joy
    2019-03-20 13:35

    Finished reading P.J. Converse’s young adult novel, Subway Girl earlier this week. I thought I enjoyed it, but having waited a few days to review it, I realize my enthusiasm may have passed. Subway Girl is set in Hong Kong, where Simon is a high school student hopelessly infatuated with the mysterious beauty he sees every day on the subway, cleverly called Subway Girl. When he finally gets the nerve to approach her, he realizes his greatest fear, that she only speaks English and he can barely communicate. The motivation to excel in his English, motivates Simon to study harder, get a job, and blow off his other friends. He and Amy share precious moments, some sad and happy, as Amy faces some tough life decisions as a pregnant teen. The book wasn’t bad, it was just OK. Another middle of the road, mediocre read. But at least I felt it was authentic to Hong Kong & Chinese culture!

  • Sylvie
    2019-03-18 11:32

    Peter Converse's first novel SUBWAY GIRL is a touching story which accurately describes the struggle of teenagers during that particularly difficult time called adolescence. Nevertheless, throughout the novel, the reader understands that even the worst events can be overcome thanks to true love. Because I'm a mature woman and over sensitive, I was easily in Subway Girl's shoes and shared with her this difficult time in her life ;I wish I was able to comfort her, help her and be by her side.Not only is SUBWAY GIRL a book for teenagers, but it is also for parents - I think it could help make them more aware of the importance of having a strong bond with their children during all the different stages of their childhood and young adulthood.Well done Peter Converse, I'm looking forward to your 2nd novel