The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
For writer Jade Yeo, the Roaring Twenties are coming in with more of a purr--until she pillories London's best-known author in a scathing review. Sebastian Hardie is tall, dark and handsome, and more intrigued than annoyed. But if Jade succumbs to temptation, she risks losing her hard-won freedom--and her best chance for love.
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Zen Cho is a London-based Malaysian writer of fantasy and romance.

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birdyrabbit reviewed on July 23, 2020

Love Zen Cho, love Jade Yeo.
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Alex Brett reviewed on Aug. 8, 2012

This is just perfect. I enjoyed it so much - it was the first thing I bought when I got my e-reader, and it was a WONDERFUL inauguration. The characterisation is beautiful, and so is the description and the writing and, well, everything. Lots of people to fall in love with, and to groan over the mistakes of, and also QUEER PEOPLE YES. YES. YES. It made me laugh; it made me cry; it is in the re-read pile :-)
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
confluence reviewed on July 11, 2012
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The writing is good, the characters are likeable, and the plot avoids clichés. I greatly enjoyed it, and I say that as someone who doesn't usually read original romance fiction.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
dorothea reviewed on June 30, 2012

This is the novella that made me smile and laugh out loud in the waiting room of the car repair place today, even though I knew that I was about to spend a very unpleasant amount of money on my wheel alignment. If you have an e-reader of some sort, I highly recommend getting The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo for the next time you're in a similar situation. It is short and fluffy enough to be appreciated in a public waiting room with the TV on, containing plot twists more unexpected than the average romance novel's, and sweet and especially hilarious enough to distract most pleasantly from the anticipation of a painful dental, medical, or financial procedure.

Jade Yeo (who's really Geok Huay, but has given up on Londoners pronouncing that) is a witty young woman on the edge of the Bloomsbury literary scene. The story is contained in her diary entries, in which she writes her incisive, sometimes insecure, sometimes very very funny thoughts about books, clothes, chocolate, families, sex, and love.

I was very impressed by how Zen Cho managed to keep this so short and light and still include the following rather heavy subjects:

[SPOILER] polyamory, unmarried pregnancy, mental illness, British imperialism [END SPOILER]

-- but she did, very successfully.

I won't say anything about the plot; it's such a short novel that it would be far more efficient for you to just go read it yourself. You shouldn't regret it.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Rebecca Fraimow reviewed on June 27, 2012

I really enjoyed this novella -- it's witty, charming and totally adorable. Jade Yeo is a hilarious and incisive onlooker-slash-participant in the avant-garde literary scene of 1920s London, and I fell in love with her pretty much from the page.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Katherine Fabian reviewed on June 27, 2012

This is a lively, witty, utterly captivating novella about a young woman's adventures in love, sex and literary criticism in 1920s London.

I gobbled this up the first time I read it, ending up visibly happy-weepy on a two-hour bus journey (embarrassing, but totally worth it). I'm saving it to read again next time I need to wallow in something really rather good.

Very heartily recommended.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
aneguet reviewed on June 21, 2012

A sweet, lovely novella.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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