Cuteness Overload in Japan: I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn // Book Review

“I want you to remember that you are boundless.”

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I Love You So Mochi

Author: Sarah Kuhn

Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: September 1, 2020

Format Read: Audiobook via Scribd

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Book Blurb

Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement.

She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother disapproves, and when they get into an explosive fight, Kimi’s entire future seems on the verge of falling apart. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she’s met with a culture both familiar and completely foreign to her. She loses herself in the city’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival — and meets Akira, a cute aspiring med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. And what begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.

In I Love You So Mochi, author Sarah Kuhn has penned a delightfully sweet and irrepressibly funny novel that will make you squee at the cute, cringe at the awkward, and show that sometimes you have to lose yourself in something you love to find your Ultimate self. 

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About The Author

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Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book continuity, and Sailor Moon cosplay have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine,,, Back Stage, The Hollywood Reporter,, Creative Screenwriting, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award. 

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Cuteness Overload in Japan

📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Contemporary Romance
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

❤ Yna’s Daily December 30 Day Review Challenge ❤ DAY 1 😊

I picked this book up the day I felt like I needed something cute, sweet, and Asian. Well, is there anything more perfect for that description than a book with this cute cover (and Mochi on the title!)?

Kimi, our lead, is a Japanese American and this book opens the story with her having to fly out to meet her grandparents in Japan. This is the perfect time for the trip, as she is having problems with her mom in terms of her future. (But don’t all Asian kids experience this? lol)

So, anyway, in Japan, she discovers a culture she has yet to explore. She gets to know her parents more. And, of course, she meets a guy named Akira. Their meet-cute is like the cutest because he was wearing a Mochi costume!!!

There’s so many things I liked about this book, so maybe let me list them down:
• Kimi’s dreams
• Her learning Japanese culture
• Family dynamics
• Exploring Kyoto
• The romance
• Cute friendships
• Themes like growing up, the future, dealing with pressure
• Finding your identity

All in all, I loved I Love You So Mochi so mochi!

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | 4.45/5

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♡ , Yna the Mood Reader

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