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 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?
Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780374304089
Characteristics: 323 pages ;,22 cm.

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penelopegomez
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.

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librarygong
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.

RandomLibrarian Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "There’s so much to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great YA. There’s a pleasing complexity and closure to Clara’s story, but 'The Way You Make Me Feel' doesn’t feel like a book that’s been sanitized of all its rough edges to please an adult audience. Clara is completely immersed in her own world, one that’s dominated by her own concerns and convictions about how her life should be. Her triumphs and defeats are authentically portrayed with both humor and pathos. Teenagers will love Clara’s shenanigans and commiserate with her tangled web of feelings; adults will be thrilled to read a YA novel that so aptly and tenderly demonstrates that romantic relationships don’t mean you have to forget about your friends, family, or yourself along the way."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/guest-squee-the-way-you-make-me-feel-by-maurene-goo/

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angelcake316_0
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.

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MustInvolveEggs
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.

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StarGladiator
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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Oct 22, 2020

red_frog_270 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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