The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
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.
This was such an adorable, sweet read. If you’re looking for a cute contemporary, I definitely recommend picking this one up.
I ended up really liking everyone in this book. Except maybe Clara’s mom. She was absent and selfish, but she did love her daughter. Clara’s dad was one of my favorite people in this book. He made me laugh all the time and the love for his daughter was so obvious.
Clara is funny, but she is the typical class clown. She’ll do just about anything for a laugh. She hangs out with two boys, Felix and Patrick, and they play a lot of pranks. They go a bit too far at prom though. Clara gets into trouble along with her enemy, Rose. Rose is one of those perfect girls and doesn’t like any type of prank. Rose and Clara are forced to work together all summer as punishment. Clara’s dad owns a food truck in LA, so they must work in close quarters the whole time.
Clara and Rose slowly start to get along and become close friends. I loved this enemies to friends storyline. I was cheering for this friendship the whole time. Rose had a lot of pressure on her, but she was able to find ways to have fun, too. They also meet a boy, Hamlet, that works at a coffee cart. Hamlet is very attracted to Rose and starts flirting with her a lot. She finally gives in and goes out with him. I adored these two together.
Clara still has moments of failure and bad choices through the summer, but it was nice to watch her mature and make new friendships.
There is also a lot of diversity in this book. I loved the food truck and that it took place in LA. That really added to the story for me.
I ended up giving this one a strong 4 stars. Thank you to netgalley for providing a copy for review.
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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