Nice to see that hipsters in China can be just as shallow and self-centered as hipsters in America. I found the characters very unlikeable.
I can imagine how, in a more repressed society, this book would be scandalous. I didn't find it particularly interesting, and thought the main character, Coco, was an egotistical, self absorbed, whiny mooch. Her journey of enlightment and sexual discovery didn't seem to bring her growth or maturity.
This was a great book in it's own rite, but not a book that I would have typically picked up. The writing bounces from here to there and seems like you are reading someone's journal a lot of times (you'll see what I mean when you hit the end). I can't lie, it was a good book, I just don't think I would have paid to read it new. Now, it is a great trade and well worth the credit you spend for it....For being great, even though not my typical read, I'll give it 5 stars.
I enjoyed this book very much. I was expecting a cheap trashy novel (i admit it)- but found myself drawn in by Hui's beautiful language and imagery.