Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Weight: 420 g
If Rika's life seems like the beginning of a familiar fairy tale--being an orphan with two bossy cousins and working away in her aunts' business--she would be the first to reject that foolish notion. After all, she loves her family (even if her cousins were named after Disney characters), and with her biracial background, amazing judo skills and red-hot temper, she doesn't quite fit the princess mold.
All that changes the instant she locks eyes with Grace Kimura, America's reigning rom-com sweetheart, during the Nikkei Week Festival. From there, Rika embarks on a madcap adventure of hope and happiness--searching for clues about her long-lost mother, exploring Little Tokyo's hidden treasures with a cute actor, and maybe...finally finding a sense of belonging.
But fairy tales are fiction and the real world isn't so kind. Rika knows she's setting herself up for disappointment, because happy endings don't happen to girls like her. Should she walk away before she gets in even deeper, or let herself be swept away?
Rika ( main Character ) is interesting character in this book. its really enjoyable and fun at the same time.
This book is definitely a love letter to Little Tokyo and its community. You can tell the author has a soft spot for the place through her writing. As for the characters, I really like all of them. It's nice to see Rika, our main character, grow throughout the entire book. Also, I feel bad for her since she has gotten so much hate from Craig and his dad.
I adore the romance between Rika and Henry in this book. There are many scenes of the two of them hanging out and discussing what it's like being biracial and not being accepted in their communities. Seeing them navigating their relationship is pretty great since I love them together.
As for my critique, I wish things aren't being repeated all the time. Whenever we read from Rika's perspective, there are certain things being told to us numerous times, so by the end it feels redundant. But overall, I really enjoy this book, and I think people'd enjoy this as well.
Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an ARC!! I love it❤️
this book resonated so much with me. I saw myself in Rika's anger, loneliness and hurt. I cannot express how happy I am that biracial kids will be able to see themselves represented in this book, will be able to see that they're not alone in their feelings and experiences.
this was such a lovely book about self-discovery and believing in your own happy ending! (4.22)
trigger warnings: racism, homophobia
This story is about Rika, who is an orphanage, living and working together with her cousins and her aunts that she loves the most. As a Japanese-American who is living in Los Angeles, one day, she met with a guy named Grace Kimura, a rom-com actor, and starts to find herself and began her journey in search of her long-lost mother. The storyline is very dramatic and interesting for those who love drama-styled storyline.
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