Hey guys! I’m back with another blog tour! I know, I only just finished Secondhand Origin Stories but here’s another. This is actually the second last one for possibly awhile? Unless I find something else to sign up for! Which might end up being the case…Anywho, this tour is actually being run by Tin over at The Book Maiden. I know, new person! Eherm, I do try to expand my horizons sometimes (or rather I accidentally stumbled upon this one)
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo ● Publication Date: May 8, 2018 ● Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
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.
Where to begin…! I have to admit, starting this book was a little hard. We follow the life of Clara, high school prankster who one day takes a prank too far and ends up nearly burning down her school on junior prom. Or rather, she would say this is an exaggeration. But there was a fire and there was a lot of fake blood. Honesty, reading this book at my age is like seeing the incoming freshman trying to be cool. Even though Clara was technically a junior, I had a hard time not rolling my eyes at a lot of her antics and thinking she was childish. Still, as the story progresses, she does start to come into her own skin (though my Goodness, there were times when I had to really pause and really digest what she was doing)
While the story wasn’t very moving for me, I do have to recognize it had some really nice points. One of them is that our cast is mainly made up of diverse characters, plus the one young white teacher, that were quirky in their own ways. I will have to say my favorite was Rose, the “antagonist” at the beginning. It seems like perfect ballerina Rose was always getting Clara into trouble and after what happened at junior prom, the two are forced to work together at Clara’s father’s food truck, the KoBra. I seriously thought that this was going to be a disaster! But as the two started to work more and more together, things started to work out. Their once truly venomous words started to turn more into friendly teasing. I really liked this budding friendship and have to admit that the reason I preferred Rose was mostly that she was more mature than Clara. Also, I feel like I should mention it only because I recently learned that Asians and Blacks don’t have a good history (twitter and movies, anyone seen that tweet?). If that IS the case, I think having this friendship between Clara and Rose is even more important on a cultural level.
Another character that we end up meeting is Hamlet, Clara’s future boyfriend. While I didn’t love him, I also didn’t dislike him. To me he was sort of just there to be a boyfriend. But the one thing that I liked about him was his family. I swear, the first time we enter his home, it just really reminded me of my family in Mexico. There just seemed to be so many people around (not that many but it just Felt like it) and everyone was informal friendly. Like they were just going to swallow you into their family.
And if there’s anything I really enjoy in a story it’s family, which reminds me. Aside from Rose, I also kind of really liked Clara’s father. I can’t remember the last book I read that included a single parent that was really present in the book and that was male, which is why I really liked this element. It also made me really respect him because he’s technically doing both jobs here (which is why I felt rather upset later on in the book about something). It’s mentioned that he starts from the bottom, gets himself a food truck, and then plans to open up a restaurant. It really reminded me about my own family!
Overall, I didn’t love this book but I also didn’t dislike it. I think it really had many good elements and the only reason I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have is because of the age difference (and mentality I think) between Clara and me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE & GIVEAWAY
I feel like it’s been awhile since I last mentioned a giveaway. WELP, here is one now! It is open internationally and you can nab yourself a hardcover of The Way You Make Me Feel. Tomorrow is the last day to enter for a chance to win so hurry on over~
As for the tour schedule, here’s everyone’s stops. Be sure to check them out!
- Review and Book Playlist via Hauntedbybook13
- Review via B For Bookslut
- Review and Book/Character Aesthetics via The Caffeinated Bookworm Life
- Review via A Myriad of Books
- Review and Book Playlist via Two Different Worlds
- Review and Bookmarks via Merv Reads
- Review and Book Playlist via The Ultimate Fangirl
- Review and Mood Board via Drizzle & Hurricane Books
- Review via Books, Beauty & Buys
- Review and Favorite Quotes via Bookablereads
- Review via Utopia State of Mind
- Review via That Bookshelf Bitch
- Review and Mood Board via Amidst The Pages
- Review and Desktop Wallpapers via Tale Out Loud
- Review and Favorite Quotes via Wanderer in Neverland
- Review via Chrikaru Reads
- Review via The Infinity Words
- Review and Creative Option via Read by Nicka
- Review and Book Playlist via Bookwyrming Thoughts
And that is all for this tour stop!
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