BLOG TOUR: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo blog tour

the way you make me feel by maurene gooISBN:

Title: The Way You Make Me Feel

Series: ——-

Author: Maurene Goo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc

Publishing Date: May 8th, 2018

Format: eARC

Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.


**I want to thank MacMillan Publishing and Ate Tin of The Book Maiden for hosting this blog tour and for giving me the opportunity to participate. This, by any means, did not affect nor influence my review.

The Way You Make Me Feel took me by surprise. I have read I Believe in a Thing Called Love last year. It was fun, has a great father-daughter relationship and friendship goals but I was still disappointed with some aspects so I was a bit scared to pick this up. I didn’t hope for anything. Little did I know, this was worth keeping my hopes high on.

On the beginning, it focused more on pranks and high school rivalries which made me thought that this might become shallow and ordinary. I thought that this will all be about the typical high school drama. But I was proven wrong. It was more about fun and rivalry at the beginning but it slowly began to tackle friendship, love, Asian immigrants lives, family, and teenage mistakes,. And became more meaningful and deep as the story progressed. This book has that really good blend of fun and depth.

I liked Clara. Not in a way that I had a deep connection with her because I didn’t. I just like how real she is – I’ve seen her good and bad side. I also liked her character development. She went from someone who uses pranks and the I-don’t-give-a-d&mn attitude as a defense mechanism to someone who’ve learned to accept reality and the emotions knocking to the door of her heart to let them in.

Rose’s character development is also on point. I liked her from the very beginning despite being the bossy type. She is just nice and was actually a loner so she made her being a student leader and geek as a defense mechanism. I liked how she also slowly let the real her be shown.

Hamlet is so cute. I can’t say that I loved him though, but I liked his personality. He’s not my favorite but I liked how independent, funny, friendly, thoughtful and nice he is.

I loved the characters in general but expect for one. Clara’s mom was the only character I truly despise in this book. She is just an irresponsible mother who chose her life being a social media influencer and “living a dream” rather than being a responsible mother for Clara. You can give me 100 reasons why you liked her *IF you do* and I still won’t be liking her.


I really adore and love how diverse this book is – from the characters to the Asian cultures that were brought into spotlight. I loved seeing different Asian cultures and meeting diverse characters from different Asian counties in one book. Clara’s family is Korean-Brazillian, Rose is Brown, Hamlet is Chinese and Clara and Rose also had a Filipino classmate. There is also a gay character, although this book focused more on racial issues rather than sexuality issues and that character wasn’t actually given enough spotlight because some characters were suddenly set aside.

Again, this Maurene Goo book left me lessons. First – through Clara’s parents –  is that rushing things has its own consequences. . Clara’s parents had her when they were just teens. So now that they are older, they are now separated, realizing that they are not meant to stay together forever. Impulsive decisions such as rushing things changed their lives forever – which brings us to the second lesson. Time doesn’t wait for anyone. If they had Clara when they were finally ready in all aspects and are already satisfied with how far they’ve come in reaching their dreams, things would probably be better. So now that they are older, Clara’s mom chose to live her dream and sacrificed her family. Who’s suffering? Clara and Adrian, while Adrian chose to be with her daughter Clara and gave up on chasing his dream/s.  Third is that cherish the persons who really cares for you. You may not know, you may be having a hard time to see, but there are people who actually care for you. And you shouldn’t lose them. You got to keep them. And lastly, it is okay to feel. It is okay to feel.

This book spoke so much to me. As someone who grew up without a father, Clara and Adrian’s father-daughter relationship got me into tears which is why this book became special. There were surreal heartfelt moments between Clara and his father, Adrian. Moments that you will really feel in your heart. This books spoke so much about the relationship and bond between a father and a daughter that is unbreakable.

Overall, Maurene Goo did not disappoint me this time. The way this book made me feel is not something I’ll easily forget. I will recommend this book for those who are finding a cute, funny but also touching read that gives spotlight to Asian characters and Asian culture.PicsArt_10-17-10.27.504.5 flowers.jpgPicsArt_10-23-12.35.56I pulled myself up onto the counter and swung my legs back and forth as I watched him cook. “Guess what?”


“What?” He drizzled some olive oil on a neat row of green beans laid in a cast-iron pan.
“I got nominated for junior prom queen.”
He looked at me quizzically, a half smile on his face. “Are you serious?”
“Yeah, Patrick and Felix nominated me, and somehow I’m on the prom court. Which means people get to vote whether or not I become prom queen.”
My dad cackled as he opened the oven and slid the pan of beans onto a rack. “You? Prom queen? I would pay good money to see that.”
“I know, right? Anyway, I wasn’t going to take it seriously until this uptight B literally
ordered me to drop out. So I’m going to stay in the game.”
He closed the oven and grinned at me as he straightened up and wiped his hands on the dish towel. “Ah, my Clara, always shaking things up.” My dad pronounced my name differently from everyone else, rolling the r a bit.
“You know it,” I said.
“When’s prom?”
I shrugged. “I dunno. Probably soon since school’s almost over.”
“Time flies, Shorty. I can’t believe you’ll be graduating high school next year. Makes me feel old.”
I snorted. “You’re like two decades younger than everyone else;s dads.” My dad was only thirty-four; he had me when he was eighteen, just a couple of years older than I was right now. Patrick called us the Gilmore Girls.
“You age me, every day,” he said, smacking my leg with the dish towel. “Go set the table.”
I grabbed some plates and headed over to the round dining table tucked into a small nook in the apartment. Flo finally came out of hiding and rubbed against my legs.
“Anything as epic as my prom queen nomination happen for you today?” I asked him.
“no,” He paused. “Well, actually, kind of.”
I pushed piles of bills and mail aside. “Oh yeah, what?”
“Vivian can’t work the KoBra this summer– she got an internship at a production company or something.”
“Bummer,” I said, moving another pile of maul out of the way.
“Yeah, have to find a replacement. I wonder who?” His voice took on a singsong quality.
My dad sighed. “Worth a shot.”
Ever since he first started running the KoBra, my dad has been trying to get me to work on it. But the idea of being stuck in a hot, cramped truck for hours on end literally made me want to die. Although my dad had turned his life around from former-punk-kid-ti-mad-with-a-dream, I was happy to be kept out of it.
“Good luck, though,” I said as consolation. Then a colorful postcard caught my eye.
I picked it up, already knowing who it was from. The front of the card had a photo of a bustling outdoor market filled with a beautiful baskets and textiles. When I flipped it around, the familiar handwriting made me smile.


Maurene Goo  grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a Masters in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. Before publishing her first book, Since You Asked, she worked in both textbook and art book publishing. She also has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants and lives in Los Angeles.

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PicsArt_10-17-10.31.26Win a hardbound copy of The Way You Make Me Feel

Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.


Giveaway ends May 4

Have you read The Way You Make Me Feel? Or any other books by Maurene Goo? What are your thoughts about food trucks? Have you seen one and tried buying foods from one before? What’s your favorite book with Korean or Asian characters and books with amazing father-daughter relationship? Share your thoughts below!


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