I Hope This Doesn't Find You

Ann Liang

I Hope This Doesn't Find You
Penguin Random House Australia
5 March 2024

I Hope This Doesn’t Find You

Ann Liang

Sadie Wen is perfect on paper- school captain, valedictorian, and a "pleasure to have in class." It's not easy, but she has a trick to keep her model-student smile plastered on her face at all times- she channels all her frustrations into her email drafts. She'd never send them of course - she'd rather die than hurt anyone's feelings - but it's a relief to let loose on her power-hungry English teacher or a freeloading classmate taking credit for Sadie's work.

All her most vehemently worded emails are directed at her infuriating cocaptain, Julius Gong, whose arrogance and competitive streak have irked Sadie since they were kids. "You're attention starved and self-obsessed and unbearably vain . . . I really hope your comb breaks and you run out of whatever expensive hair products you've been using to make your hair appear deceptively soft..."

Sadie doesn't have to hold back in her emails, because nobody will ever read them . . . that is, until they're accidentally sent out.

Overnight, Sadie's carefully crafted, conflict-free life is turned upside down. It's her worst nightmare - now everyone at school knows what she really thinks of them, and they're not afraid to tell her what they really think of her either. But amidst the chaos, there's one person growing to appreciate the "real" Sadie - Julius, the only boy she's sworn to hate . . .


The winner of the The Readings Young Adult Prize 2023 for her debut novel If You Could See the Sun, Ann Liang returns with her third novel I Hope This Doesn’t Find You, an enemies-to-lovers rom-com about what happens when you reveal your true self: who leaves you behind, and who stays by your side, no matter what.

Sadie Wen is the perfect student. She’s school captain, valedictorian, and gets the best grades for all her assignments. But with all the stress and frustrations that come with being an A-grade student, Sadie’s method of venting is to draft emails to all the people she hates, listing the reasons they have wronged her – whether it be a teacher who refused to round up her percentage score on an essay; a classmate who copied Sadie’s idea and took the credit; or to Julius, her arch-nemesis and co-school captain, who has been competitive towards Sadie since they were kids.

She would never send them, of course. Until one day these draft emails are mysteriously sent to every student and staff member and Sadie becomes the most hated person at school. Except to Julius, who seems interested in knowing who the real Sadie Wen is.

Liang continues to amaze me with her addictive stories full of ingenuity, drama, and humour; they make me incapable of putting her books down until they are finished! As Sadie and Julius become closer, we learn what’s hiding beneath their plastered smiles, and if the feelings of hate they have for each other are actually covering up another suppressed emotion inside, one that’s almost too terrifying to think about. This book will leave you swooning, laughing, maybe a bit in tears, but never wanting the story to end. Ann Liang, I am looking forward to reading more of your books in the future!

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