The best thing about this novel for me was JAPAN! Kuhn does a marvelous job of making Kyoto come alive; the cherry blossoms, the tanukis, and oh, the FOOD. If you enjoy Japanese cuisine, this book will make your mouth water. One of my favorite food scenes was Kimi’s visit to the McDonalds in Kyoto! I love reading about the small and large differences in franchises across continents.
Kimi is also an interesting protagonist: creative, sweet, awkward, and yet fierce when necessary. I enjoyed watching her character grow throughout her stay in Japan.
Personally, I found the romance a bit difficult to connect to, but many other readers have loved it, so it might just be me. Akira’s character seemed lacking in depth and a lot of his reasoning felt unrealistic and immature, compared to Kimi’s. I also wasn’t particularly interested in Kimi’s emails to her mom. But that might just be my dislike for epistolary storytelling showing.
I Love You So Mochi is a delightful, delicious young adult novel, perfect for anyone desperate for a trip to Japan on a page. Yet, it isn’t all fluff. It features a determined, artistic heroine and sheds light on all the ways parental pressures can change a person’s path in life. I would highly recommend this novel to fans of American Panda, fashion aficionados, and anyone whose dreams have run contrary to parental wishes.
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
- Hardcover: 308 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Pr (28 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1338302884
- ISBN-13: 978-1338302882
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)