Leanne Yong, Author
How did I let my sister talk me into going out when I have a game to fix and a jerkface to destroy?
Sam Khoo has one goal in life: create cool indie games. She’s willing to do anything to make her dream come true – even throw away a scholarship to university. All she needs is a super-rare ticket to a game design workshop and she can kickstart her career.
So when Jaysen Chua, otherwise known as Jerky McJerkface, sneakily grabs the last ticket for himself, Sam is left with no choice. It’s war. Knowing all too well how their Australian-Malaysian community works, she issues him an ultimatum: put the ticket on the line in a 1v1 competition of classic video games, or she’ll broadcast his duplicity to everyone. Thank you, Asian Gossip Network.
Meeting in neutral locations, away from the eyes and ears of nosy aunties and uncles, Sam and Jay connect despite themselves. It’s a puzzle that Sam’s not sure she wants to solve. But when her dream is under threat, will she discover that there is more than one way to win?
A gentle enemies-to-lovers romance… with a great sense of humour and deep empathy for young people trying to find a balance between the demands of two cultures.
A relatable, fire-cracking story about chasing your dreams. Sam Khoo stole my heart.
Funny, romantic and heart-warming. A dazzling debut.
An utterly gorgeous and heartwarming debut.
An utterly charming, generous and affirming story.
I wish this book had been around when I was growing up!
A gloriously nerdy debut about family, culture, passion and ambition.
This nerd loved it.
Hilarious, genuine, and wonderfully geeky.
Witty, charming and full of heart. I didn’t want it to end!
A warm, witty and big-hearted novel.