Book Review: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Reviewed by Heather C

Title: The Way You Make Me Feel
Author: Maurene Goo
Heroine: Clara Shin
Genre: M/F Young Adult
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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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Review:

The Way You Make Me Feel is the second book I’ve read by Maurene Goo and tells the story of high school prankster Clara Shin.  Raised by her father while her mother is off traveling the world as a social media influencer, Clara is constantly looking to “up” her attention-seeking antics.  After her latest prank turns into a girl-brawl with Rose, her biggest nemesis, their parents decide the best way for the two girls to serve out their punishment is by working on Clara’s father’s food truck ALL summer…together.

This book has that perfect summer feel…a summer of new friendships and self reflection.  As expected, Clara and Rose are constantly at each other’s throat.  I really wanted to strangle them both myself!  But when Adrian, Clara’s dad, forces them to spend the week working the truck route without him, the girls are eventually find a way to breathe the same air.  My favorite part of the story was the development of the relationship between Clara and Rose.

Oh, and there is a romance!  It’s a sweet romance, realistic and not insta-love.  It kinda snuck up on Clara because Hamlet is soooo not what she sees for herself.  But honestly, I think she does not expect good things to happen to her, therefore she has always kept her friends and boyfriends at arms’ length…probably because she has pretty much been abandoned by her world traveling mother.  

As you can see, this is a huge summer of change for Clara.  Her old enemy is now her friend and her old friends…well Clara finally realizes her old friends don’t really reflect how she wants to be anymore.  Also, she obtains a new understanding of her father and mother and how they’ve influenced her life.  

Clara was annoying and childish and not typically the type of character I find endearing.  After my two experiences with this author I’m noticing a trend where the protagonists are constantly making immature and bad decisions.  The writing itself is well done, but I had a major struggle with Clara’s childishness in the beginning.  And when she finally started showing some “growing up”,  I was just waiting for her to screw it all up in some childish way…and of course she does.

Overall Impression: It Was Good

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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