Title: The Way You Make Me Feel
Author: Maurene Goo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publishing Date: May 8th, 2018
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 – enemies to friends trope and friendship drifting apart – love, Asian immigrants – their lives in America, how they still carry on their traditions and keep their culture even if they are far away from home – 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. I know it’s painful, but the truth is Clara was the reason why her parents wasn’t able to reach their dreams. If Clara came when they are finally ready – financially, etc – 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 that made her sacrifice her family – she missed most of Clara’s life. Who’s suffering? Clara and Adrian. (I am not going to say Clara’s mom is also suffering because like what I’ve said, I hate her for leaving them). 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.
Lastly, 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.I pulled myself up onto the counter and swung my legs back and forth as I watched him cook. “Guess what?”
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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