Hello my fellow little munchkins! How are you all doing? I am doing well. I have officially been reading like I am never going to see another book again. I recently read the entire first four books in the shatter me series and loved it and I now kinda feel ruined because I didn’t know that the 5th book came out and I bought the other four in paperback.
Anyways, why don’t we get into this review already?
Author: Sarah Kohn
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publishing Date: May 28th, 2019
Description according to Goodreads, ” Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she’s been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.
When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival–and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.”
This book was both cute and an incredibly written story about love to friends, partners and family.
The main character in this story is Kimi who goes from doing art with her mom to designing clothing with a newfound passion and love than she ever had with art. However, with everything her mother has done for her since she was born it causes a misbalance especially when her mother finds out that she changed her class schedule. But, when she gets an invitation to go to Kyoto, Japan to visit her estranged grandparents on her mothers side she takes up the offer leading to her discovery of love with fashion and herself.
She then goes and creates a deeper bond with both her ojiisan and obaasan. From there she learns more about both of them and why the have become estranged from her mother and the different side of the story of it all. Kimi also meets a boy named Akira who she devolves a strong bond with as he befriends her and shows her around. From there she also send letters towards her mother creating a unique writing style within the story that is definitely enjoyable for everyone.
The pacing within this book is never changing throughout as the main conflict happens within the beginning of the book and then real premise of this book is discovery about oneself and others. Which is shown deeply throughout the whole book.
This book is definitely a pleasant read that I would recommend to any and everyone to read. While it is a young adult romance book it also is surrounded by family and friendship relationships allowing for the book to be lighter than any other.
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Description according to Goodreads, ” Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film.
Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book continuity, and Sailor Moon cosplay have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, AngryAsianMan.com, IGN.com, Back Stage, The Hollywood Reporter, StarTrek.com, Creative Screenwriting, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award.”
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