Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi (3/5)

First published: 2010
Page count: 250

The back says: Meet Fi. A 28 year old lawyer with a six figure salary and an 80 hour working week, Fi has no intention of being another pretty, passive Hello Kitty type, stuck on a conveyor belt of kids, cooking and cleaning. It's just a shame her parents won't stop setting her up with undesirable men.
Meet Sean. Fi's childhood best friend and teenage delinquent, he's now a very successful surgeon. But there's something you should know about Sean. Some men cook in their spare time, others play sport. Sean kills people.
Meet Freddie, Fi's blind date. Poor Freddie. This
really isn't going to end well...

I say: Fast paced, increasingly disturbing and occasionally funny, I read this in one sitting while continuously asking myself what the hell was wrong with these people.

Fi’s father is constantly trying to set her up with Chinese men that she has no interest in. In fact, she has no interest in dating at all. However, she gets bullied into one date after another, and after confessing to Sean about her troubles, he decides to take matter into his own hands.

Literally.

Of course, things escalate and before Fi knows it, they have gone too far and she has to find a way to end them.

Dramatic pause.

None of this was believable, but I don’t think it was meant to be either. At the core of it all is that Fi hates Hello Kitty and uses her as symbol of all things she doesn’t want in life. Hello Kitty has no mouth and is therefore forever silent, she has a bow in her hair to project femininity and the desire to look good, and other things that I can’t remember. I understand Fi rebelling against this ideal as a young Chinese woman in America trying to live independently without disappointing or dishonouring her parents who want her to lead a more traditional life, i.e. get married and have kids as soon as possible because at 28 she was already too old.

Of course.

I decided to approach it all as satire and as much as I enjoyed Fi’s father’s constant comments about lipstick and his meddling in her life, the killings ruined the novel for me.

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