The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family

The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family

In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family whose members blamed their woes on ghosts and demons when in fact they should have been on anti-psychotic meds. Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo"--Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family whose members...

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Title:The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family
Author:Lindsay Wong
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:9781551527
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family Reviews

  • Laleh
    Feb 06, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

  • Alexis
    Feb 08, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

  • George Ilsley
    Jan 30, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...

    I had to keep reminding myself that this book was not fiction. It is astounding that Lindsay grew up to be a successful writer given the childhood she endured surrounded by family with mental illness. She was also verbally abused and not cared for properly. Absolutely incredible story ...

    We live in a Facebook world. Tell me a story, please.I ...

    Difficult subject matter. I found myself laughing and then realizing what this woman lived through isn't exactly funny. There is an edge of "snark" to the writing, and I do ask myself, how is she really? But, one thing for sure is that you never really know what goes on in someone's li...

    A stressful and fascinating read. I've never wanted a work on non-fiction to be fiction so bad. ...

    Fascinating and dark. ...

    Some stories are stranger than fiction. This one is a story of resilience, and survival, and can be overwhelming to read. There is a lot to process here -- and this reading experience must be just a tiny glimmer of what the author experienced in her upbringing. ...

  • Andrea Loewen
    Feb 02, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...

    I had to keep reminding myself that this book was not fiction. It is astounding that Lindsay grew up to be a successful writer given the childhood she endured surrounded by family with mental illness. She was also verbally abused and not cared for properly. Absolutely incredible story ...

    We live in a Facebook world. Tell me a story, please.I ...

    Difficult subject matter. I found myself laughing and then realizing what this woman lived through isn't exactly funny. There is an edge of "snark" to the writing, and I do ask myself, how is she really? But, one thing for sure is that you never really know what goes on in someone's li...

    A stressful and fascinating read. I've never wanted a work on non-fiction to be fiction so bad. ...

    Fascinating and dark. ...

  • Tina
    Jan 18, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

  • Krista
    Jan 10, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

  • Louise
    Feb 16, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

  • Victoria
    Feb 07, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...

    I had to keep reminding myself that this book was not fiction. It is astounding that Lindsay grew up to be a successful writer given the childhood she endured surrounded by family with mental illness. She was also verbally abused and not cared for properly. Absolutely incredible story ...

    We live in a Facebook world. Tell me a story, please.I ...

    Difficult subject matter. I found myself laughing and then realizing what this woman lived through isn't exactly funny. There is an edge of "snark" to the writing, and I do ask myself, how is she really? But, one thing for sure is that you never really know what goes on in someone's li...

  • Sierra Gemma
    Nov 27, 2018

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

  • Susan
    Feb 15, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

  • Susan
    Feb 06, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...

    I had to keep reminding myself that this book was not fiction. It is astounding that Lindsay grew up to be a successful writer given the childhood she endured surrounded by family with mental illness. She was also verbally abused and not cared for properly. Absolutely incredible story ...

  • Steven
    Feb 08, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...

    I had to keep reminding myself that this book was not fiction. It is astounding that Lindsay grew up to be a successful writer given the childhood she endured surrounded by family with mental illness. She was also verbally abused and not cared for properly. Absolutely incredible story ...

    We live in a Facebook world. Tell me a story, please.I ...

    Difficult subject matter. I found myself laughing and then realizing what this woman lived through isn't exactly funny. There is an edge of "snark" to the writing, and I do ask myself, how is she really? But, one thing for sure is that you never really know what goes on in someone's li...

    A stressful and fascinating read. I've never wanted a work on non-fiction to be fiction so bad. ...

  • Vontel
    Dec 14, 2018

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

  • Victor Gallant
    Feb 09, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...

    I had to keep reminding myself that this book was not fiction. It is astounding that Lindsay grew up to be a successful writer given the childhood she endured surrounded by family with mental illness. She was also verbally abused and not cared for properly. Absolutely incredible story ...

    We live in a Facebook world. Tell me a story, please.I ...

  • Lea Taranto
    Jan 22, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...

    I had to keep reminding myself that this book was not fiction. It is astounding that Lindsay grew up to be a successful writer given the childhood she endured surrounded by family with mental illness. She was also verbally abused and not cared for properly. Absolutely incredible story ...

    We live in a Facebook world. Tell me a story, please.I ...

    Difficult subject matter. I found myself laughing and then realizing what this woman lived through isn't exactly funny. There is an edge of "snark" to the writing, and I do ask myself, how is she really? But, one thing for sure is that you never really know what goes on in someone's li...

    A stressful and fascinating read. I've never wanted a work on non-fiction to be fiction so bad. ...

    Fascinating and dark. ...

    Some stories are stranger than fiction. This one is a story of resilience, and survival, and can be overwhelming to read. There is a lot to process here -- and this reading experience must be just a tiny glimmer of what the author experienced in her upbringing. ...

    I wanted to like this book. I really really fucking did. But as a Chinese Canadian woman with woo woo, I related more to characters the author abhors like her Poh Poh than to the author herself. I cannot begin to imagine the kind of abuse the author went through and know that her dark ...

  • Rick
    Feb 07, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

  • Pamela
    Feb 12, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

  • Duncan McCurdie
    Jan 24, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

  • Pascale
    Feb 16, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

  • Tracey Macleod
    Feb 07, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

  • Joanne MacNevin
    Feb 12, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

  • Savannah
    Jan 29, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

  • Jessie
    Feb 09, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

  • C
    Feb 13, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

  • Virginia Van
    Nov 03, 2018

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

  • Jessie-Ann
    Feb 09, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

  • Eryn Prince
    Jan 01, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

  • Philip
    Feb 12, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

  • Will
    Nov 11, 2018

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

  • PattyFaulkner
    Feb 13, 2019

    I started laughing. I couldn't stop giggling because I wasn't what my family termed Woo-Woo: I was only medically damaged ? the spirits that have plagued my Chinese family for years be damned. Thank God. I was a freak with terrible, mutinous genes, but at least I was not turning int...

    This is a great book about family, abuse, and mental health. It is a dark, dark, dark comedy. I think the subtitle (no doubt chosen by the publisher and not the author) makes the book seem like it is going to be more about hockey and drug raids than it is. I'm guessing the publisher wa...

    It must have taken Lindsay Wong a great amount of courage to write this story. It is not easy to talk about mental illness and to reveal yours and your family's demons- woo woos- to the entire world to judge. I found quite a few repeating passages and parts that could have been edited...

    ?Between my mother?s hysterics and the uncertainty of my illness, I couldn?t help but believe that I had fallen into madness.? This book reads like an endless number of user-submitted stories to a February issue of Reader?s Digest. Wong does not give reason as to why she i...

    This is a great memoir about growing up in a Chinese family with mental health issues. There's a lot of dark humour involved, and Lindsay Wong, the author, doesn't pull any punches and shows the dark side of what has happened in her family. However, as someone who suffers mental health...

    Mostly, I?m just glad to be done reading this book. It felt extremely disconnected, which reading it does make sense that it would be that way. It also was only emotional in a weirdly reflective way? For such an emotional book with so many crazy things happening it just felt flat. ...

    A touching and darkly humorous memoir about growing up in a Canadian Chinese family in "Hongcouver" which blames their psychiatric woes on ghosts and demons known as "the woo-woos, from her mother, who sees camping in a Walmart parking lot as the only safe haven to escape the spirits o...

    As a fellow Asian Vancouverite who comes from a large and very close extended Asian family, I mildly enjoyed this memoir. The writing is crude, salty and brash, quite unlike any of the other books that are shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019; often I questioned if I was laughing beca...

    Memoirs are hard to review. I feel weird and out of place reviewing and rating someones life. When I rate and review memoirs it is more about if I had a good time reading the book, did the story move me, the writing style...I try very hard not to judge the choices the authors make in m...

    I found this book difficult to read. The subject matter was difficult, and, as much as I don't like to say this about an autobiographical work of non-fiction, the characters were very unlikeable and therefore made for hard reading. There were a lot of sections in this book where I coul...

    3.5 ? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book 3.5 ?? This book reminded me of The Glass Castle and Educated. *CBC Canada Reads book ...more ...

    I don't read many memoirs by non famous people as I have the impression/worry that they are going to be either misery drenched or rags to riches gloating. However The Woo Woo is a delightful rebuttal to my prejudice. What makes this memoir so good is Lindsay Wong's writing, it is much ...

    This book is written with a dark, frequently cruel humor. This seems to be the authors way of handling memories of her neglectful and at times downright abusive upbringing. It couldn?t have been that bad if it?s funny right? Right?? This style of writing will likely be off putti...

    The most beautiful and heartbreaking nuances in this memoir come from the narrator?s unflinching honesty. I believe that some people take issue with the fact that the author dictates her experiences in a way that doesn?t always paint her as the heroine of her own story, but what...

    Challenging book to read, raw & sad although fairly well written, with some personal hope by the end. Good for a more thorough description of fairly recent wave Chinese immigrants, particularly sparked in the Vancouver area by the imminent return of Hong Kong to China in the 1990s....

    The Woo-Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raid, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, a daring piece of non-fiction on the subject of mental illness, tells the story of a dysfunctional immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. The protagonist Lindsay survives through a childhood where sh...

    I can only hope that the Canada Reads panel provides me with insight about why this book is so extraordinary. I feel for Wong's emotionally-charged childhood, and the constant presence of mental illness in her family, but the writing is choppy, and there are way too many descriptors or...

    I don?t know how to rate this book. I grew up with a close relative who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and reading this brought back many, many bad memories and yet... in comparison, we are very normal. Would I recommend it? I don?t know. Maybe if you enjoy reading about m...

    It's mind boggling how dysfunctional Wong's family is. I read the whole thing in a state of morbid fascination. I can't imagine people treating others this way, never mind family. Also a window into life with mental illness while purposefully avoiding all medical help. ...

    I'm not sure what inspired the author to write about her odious family but it is neither interesting nor entertaining. ...

    Poorly written, mean, and vulgar. Also, although I'm sure there is a kernel of truth in this memoir, it reeked of exaggeration and hyperbole. I guess that's what was supposed to make it "witty"? It's a shame this book was selected for Canada Reads. ...

    I've seen Lindsay Wong speak twice about this book and thus had very high hopes for it and I was still blown away. Wong is a masterful storyteller; it reads like fiction, and seems like it must be fiction. (But I don't think you could get away with writing fiction like this - everyone ...

    This is my book 4 of 5 of Canada reads I struggled with this book mental abuse mental illness books to move you is the theme this book left me sad struggled to finish ...