I don’t know how she does it, but Maurene Goo made me fall in love with this book! In SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW, Lucky is a K-Pop Star who’s risen quickly to the top and is about to debut in America. Jack is a photographer who works as a paparazzo and interns at his father’s bank while trying to put off college. The two meet while Lucky is hunting down a burger one night and is a whirlwind of an adventure/romance from there! It was so much fun! I don’t give five stars out very often, but this book earned every one! I LOVED IT! Very well done! (Cover photo from Goodreads)
Clara Shin lives with her dad in L.A and is the class clown. She likes to "stay in the shallow end" of feelings and make jokes of everything, but when she and the class president, Rose, get into a fight at prom and almost burn down the school cafeteria, she is forced to work with Rose in her dad's food truck all summer. As the two work together, Clara learns about having to face your feelings and what real friendship and relationships are like.
I loved every second of this book, so much so that I couldn't put it down and finished it in a little under a day. Clara is very real and relatable, her journey from class clown to actual person was easy to follow. I'd love to see a spinoff or novela about her dad and his realtionships being a single dad or her mom's adventures as a social media influencer.
The Way You Make Me Feel is another book that I will be reviewing and booktalking in a Junior Library Guild webcast next month!