The Way You Make Me Feel

The Way You Make Me Feel

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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 Honeycut, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) on the truck next door is pretty cute. Maybe Clara's estranged mom deserves a second chance. What if taking these relationships seriously means leaving her old self behind? From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love comes another funny story of friendship, romance, and discovering that even when life gets serious, it can still be seriously fun.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018.
ISBN: 9780374304089
Characteristics: 323 pages ;,22 cm

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Sep 23, 2018

Charming and funny, with a heroine who is a (very mild) dirtbag in the best possible way, a nice developing friendship, and a sweet romance. Parent-child relationships are the heart of this book, and I loved the dynamic between Clara and her father, which delivers believable tensions while so clearly showing their love for each other. It’s predictable in many ways and doesn’t dive as deep into its characters’ inner lives as I would’ve liked. But with an interesting cast and some genuine surprises, it made me feel very happy.

DPLaprilteenservices Jun 29, 2018

I love each of Maurene Goo's books more than the last! Not only does is this book filled with a realistically diverse cast of characters and lovely slice-of-LA-life details, it addresses emotional intelligence. Why does it seem cool to be detached and bored? How well does cynicism serve when true connection requires vulnerability? The changing relationships in the book, whether romantic, friendly, or familial, are all well-explored through this lens. See also: Siobahn Vivian's The Last Boy and Girl in the World.

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