A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?


Thank you to @NetGalley and @SimonTeen for a copy of this book! I also did a promo on my bookstagram. This book reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet (R & J) with the feuds. I also loved the restaurant feuding aspect of it because that reminds me of The Upside of Falling by Alex Light and Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin (I recieved an ARC for this and I will have a review on Pop-Culturalist soon. I loved the enemies to lovers trope It’s super cute. Pho real. You’ll crave pho when you read this and I actually went out and got pho from the store to make a halal version of it at home. Bao sees Linh in an alley one day and becomes infatuated with her. You’re going to want to eat while reading this book and I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it.

Pho via GIPHY


5/5 stars

I fell in love with the characters and the plot! Everything about this is so freaking cute and you need a copy of this on your shelves! In fact, you can get your copy here! You can also follow Loan Le on her blog!

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