Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao: A Superb Contemporary About How Secrets & Shame Can Shatter a Family

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao is an own-voices Taiwanese-American young adult contemporary novel about a teenager named Ali who is the only Asian person at her predominantly white small-town high school. Having learned the art of apathy when it comes to the casual racist remarks and willing ignorant perceptions surrounding Chinese folx, her entire method of surviving is tossed into the blender when a new student arrives, a boy named Chase who also happens to be Taiwanese like Ali; a boy not afraid to speak up against said ignorance. When they start getting closer, Ali’s mother shuts down the relationship before it ever has the chance to bloom, sending Ali on a twisted path of family secrets, sacrifices, and shame.