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Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux on May 8, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
#OwnVoices? Korean American
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.
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I loved Maurene Goo’s previous novel, I Believe In A Thing Called Love, so when I got an email from Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to read Goo’s latest novel because I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with a cute contemporary novel. (I also jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour, because oh my goodness, cute books will be shoved at the world. #sorrynotsorry)
The Way You Make Me Feel does not disappoint in levels of cuteness. Goo’s latest novel follows Clara, who is introduced as the class clown, committing pranks and causing mischief since early on in her high school career. She especially likes making life difficult for her classmate Rose, the person she got her in trouble in the first place. Clara takes her pranks too far one day and it results in an entire summer stuck with Rose.
Clara is an… interesting character. She was a little hard to like at first, but over the course of the novel, Clara grew on me. She is sassy, carefree and gets in trouble… A LOT. She’s also a little rebellious.
I think my favorite part, however, is the food. Food is an important part of the story, and I think my mouth watered while reading the book. Clara’s dad owns a food truck called KoBra, which takes Korean and Brazillian cuisine. Both Clara and Rose work the food truck during the summer, where they are forced to get along with each other. they eventually develop a friendship, and I enjoyed seeing them grow from enemies to friends. (This is probably when I started liking Clara a lot as a character. Maybe it’s just me and my opinions.)
The side characters of The Way You Make Me Feel are my favorite characters – I love Hamlet (this is a wonderful name as much as the play is wonderful) and his grandparents, who are adorable and cute and funny, as much as I grew to love Clara, Rose and the rest of the characters.
If you’re looking for a cute contemporary read that is bound to make you hungry, The Way You Make Me Feel is the perfect novel.
All righty, bookwyrms, it’s time to get into the fun part! Please note that I’ve never created a playlist so bear with me as I struggle… or don’t struggle. Judge me. 😅
- The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson (I chose this song based on the title ONLY. I’m horrible, haha.)
- There For You by Martin Garris and Troye Sivan
- I Think I’m in Love by Kat Dahlia
- Youth by Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
- Outsiders by Against the Current
- When the War is Over by The Next Step
About Maurene Goo
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.