PH author’s YA novel to be published by Penguin in the US

Pictures of Mae Coyiuto and Penguin Teens

MANILA — A romantic comedy novel for young adults written by Filipino-Chinese author Mae Coyiuto will be published by Penguin Books in the United States, the publishing house has revealed.

In a tweet from Penguin, the cover for “Chloe and the Kaishao Boys” – illustrated by Alex Cabal and designed by Jessica Jenkins – was revealed with a March 7, 2023 release. This will mark Coyiuto’s US debut.

The novel, which is set entirely in the Philippines, is about a Filipino-Chinese girl whose family sets her up on kaishaos in an attempt to convince her to stay in Manila for college.

“Cover reveal! #ChloeandtheKaishaoBoys is a teen rom-com from @maecoyiuto about a Chinese-Filipina girl whose father sets her up for a marathon of blind dates in hopes of convincing her to stay close to home for college,” Penguin said.

“Chloe is officially off the waitlist at USC, and thus one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming a host in the United States. But before she leaves home, her aunt insists on planning a traditional start for Chloe’s eighteenth birthday (think sweet sixteen meets debutante ball).

“To make matters worse, her father, determined to find Chloe the perfect escort for the party, continues to set her up for one awkward kaishao – or blind date – after another. But . . . why does her father does he suddenly care so much about her? And what happens when she starts falling for one of the guys, only to have to leave at the end of the summer?

Coyiuto is a Filipino-Chinese writer born and raised in the Philippines and graduated in psychology from Pomona College.

She also received her master’s degree in writing for young adults and children at The New School, a private school based in New York.

Irene B. Bowles