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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Feb 04, 2020

I really liked this book, but I will say the title was a little bit deceiving in my opinion. The title "The Way You Make Me Feel," with a very upset looking girl on the cover I thought I was going to be in for an emotional roller coaster of a read, but this book ended up being very light hearted. There wasn't a ton of conflict in this story. Basically in this book a girl named Clara Shin is forced to work on her father's food truck. Along the way she makes an unexpected friend, and even finds love. I want to say that this was a really sweet coming of age story. At the beginning of the story Clara is really wild and reckless, but there was a lot of character development throughout the story and Maurene Goo flawlessly transitions her character closer to adulthood. This was a very easy and quick read for me. I think this would be a great contemporary book to read in the summer time. I was getting a lot of summer vibes, because there were a couple scenes where Clara and her friends go swimming, and go to a water amusement park. It was just a happy summertime read. Also one of my favorite parts of this book is Clara's mom is actually a social media influencer. so if you've ever been curious about what it would be like to be Instagram famous then this book offers a small glimpse into the "influencer" world.

Nov 06, 2019

Super light hearted read! Maurene Goo does an amazing job of creating 3-D characters and developing them throughout the story (i really fell in love with Hamlet HAHA). Nothing is too heavy in this book, so if you're looking for angst/conflict this might not be the best read.

Feb 04, 2019

A little bit hard to get into but it's worth reading all the way through. It's funny, sweet, and fun to read! I love the summer vibe as well as Clara's character development and her relationships with Rose, Hamlet, and her dad. If you enjoyed Goo's previous book I Believe in a Thing Called Love, then I strongly encourage you to check this one out also.

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.

Apr 30, 2018

@Seattle: Ms. Goo will be at the University Book Store (University Way) on May 13, at 3:00 PM for her latest book tour/signing.

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