At first glance, Kim Wong Keltnerís I Want Candy, with its plot detailing the life of Candance Ong, a
brainy Chinese girl who is trying to escape her life of working in her parentsí Chinese restaurant, would not
seem a very exciting book. But, through clever dialogue and character development, Keltner delivers a very
One thing that Candance wants is to have a real friend, and the author uses this desire to explore the amount
of abuse young people will tolerate in order to fit in. Candaceís would-be-friend Ruby treats her in ways that
one would certainly not consider friendly. This relationship makes for interesting reading.
The situations that Candance gets herself involved in are far fetched, but Keltner makes them not only
believable but most entertaining. Even though Candaceís sexual involvement with various men borders on the
serious, Keltner has a knack for making some of the scenes comic while still retaining the seriousness of the
Young (or even older) women will enjoy this book as they remember those awkward times when they were coming
to terms with their sexuality.
Candanceís abrupt change from a girl just short of being involved in early sex to a model daughter makes the
reader ask why there isnít material in the novel to substantiate this character change, but, over all, it is a
delightful read as the reader celebrates Candanceís reformation.