Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
Melissa de la Cruz
Dear Peaches,America is perfect!I love it here. I wish you could come visit -- we could go shopping onMarket Street and you could meet all my new friends. And my newboyfriend. He looks exactly like Tobey Maguire (from Spider-Man, not Seabiscuit). We'll be the hottest couple at the Soirée!I miss you!! xxxooo,V.Okay, so Vicenza isn't being totally honest with Peaches, her best friend back in Manila. But what fun is it being the new girl at snooty Grosvernor High? Or rooting through the Salvation Army for unholey cashmere sweaters? Or having culture-shocked, embarrassingly clueless parents? Maybe being Claude Caligari's ignored geometry partner is sort of fun, but Vicenza would rather be his girlfriend ... or at least his date to the annual fancy-schmancy Soirée d'Hiver. Instead, she's stuck going with scrawny family friend Freddie in an outlet-purchased, coupon-reduced dress that is nothing short of disaster!But Vicenza won't be friendless, fashionless, or "fresh off the boat" for long -- it's only a matter of time before she sees what's right before her eyes, and her luck begins to change.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Vicenza, known as V, hates being called "FOB" (Fresh Off the Boat). A recent Filipino immigrant, she misses her lavish lifestyle in Manila and has a difficult time fitting in with the wealthy girls at Grosverner, her private girls school. Vicenza is hard pressed to admit to her limited means financially and wants a social life like Whitney Bertoccini and her clique, the most popular girls in the freshman class. Refusing to see her life as it is leads to treachery and deceit as V emails Peaches, her best friend in Manila, with fanciful information about her life in San Francisco.

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