I Love You So Mochi
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 brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she's been accepted for college. 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 loses herself in Kyoto's outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival--and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. 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.

I Love You So Mochi Details

TitleI Love You So Mochi
Author
ReleaseMay 28th, 2019
PublisherScholastic
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary

I Love You So Mochi Review

  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 2.75 starsFull review hereThis book just wasn’t for me. I appreciated the descriptions of Kyoto and all that there is to see and do there. They were all very good. They were probably one of the things I liked most in this book, alongside the development of a deep relationship between Kimi and her grandparents. My main issue with this novel is that there isn’t really any conflict. Kimi goes to Japa The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 2.75 starsFull review hereThis book just wasn’t for me. I appreciated the descriptions of Kyoto and all that there is to see and do there. They were all very good. They were probably one of the things I liked most in this book, alongside the development of a deep relationship between Kimi and her grandparents. My main issue with this novel is that there isn’t really any conflict. Kimi goes to Japan to avoid her mother who seems disappointed because her daughter does not want to be a painter like her. Kimi’s passion is fashion and making clothes, we know that from the beginning. Yet somehow it takes Kimi basically the whole book to figure out that fashion is not a distraction, it can be a real plan for her future and also a job opportunity. That’s what got me on my nerves, the whole book is a journey toward something we know from page 1. The romantic aspect of this novel was just okay. Akira is a very sweet boy but I did not see a spark between him and Kimi. Their relationship didn’t work for me.
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  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI Love You So Mochi has been flying around the Asian book blogger blogs. It caught my eye due to the title, based on a Japanese confectionery made from pounded rice and molded around a yummy filling. My favorite are ice cream mochi... I was dying to see how they were incorporated into the story.The PremiseKimi Nakamura has been practicing her art since she was a child at the knee of her wannabe artist mother. Lately though its taken a tu Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI Love You So Mochi has been flying around the Asian book blogger blogs. It caught my eye due to the title, based on a Japanese confectionery made from pounded rice and molded around a yummy filling. My favorite are ice cream mochi... I was dying to see how they were incorporated into the story.The PremiseKimi Nakamura has been practicing her art since she was a child at the knee of her wannabe artist mother. Lately though its taken a turn away from fine art and she's been playing around with clothes and making her friends "feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves." This is such a true dilemma for a soon to be college student. All through college friends were going into fields they didn't enjoy because of a parent's expectations. And they didn't even know it!! I feel like I Love You So Mochi is for all of those high schoolers who are feeling uncertain about what they love to do and need answers. What made I Love You So Mochi step out into the limelight for me is the fact Kimi explored her feelings about college and career while visiting her estranged grandparents in Japan. There she meets a boy who points out the things he sees about her... And this helps her to see some truths about herself she's never realized before now. Getting a tourists eye view of Kyoto along with Kimi was super fun and a great way to incorporate her exploring her career choice. And Akira was so darling! Things aren't tied up perfectly but end on a satisfying note that will inspire other college bound students to honestly evaluate their future.My ExperienceWhat can I say? I sat down and read I Love You So Mochi in almost one sitting! I found Kimi's friendship and school life really made her stand out to me compared to other characters in similar circumstances. She has some of the best friends in Bex and Atsuko! She didn't treat them the best but also tried to understand what she was going through and embrace what they knew of events.I really fell in love with Kimi though when she got to Japan. She really didn't know what the customs were and hadn't had time to look them up and familiarize herself. This made her start there fun and different. It was natural conflict that made her experiences feel more real and the conflict with her grandmother more pronounced.I feel like this natural foreshadowing and story support within the writing of I Love You So Mochi to be quite strong and made the read so pleasurable. Even the conflict and resolution with Akira rang true. And the men in Kimi's life supported her so much! Her dad, grandpa and Akira's uncle all were so winningly fun and witty without taking the focus off the female relationships. They all felt like real people that I would run into on the street one day. All hallmarks of a great read for me, definitely a top winner for 2019!Why is I Love You So Mochi a Great College-Bound Read?- I love Kimi's relationships!Her girlfriends honestly were so fun! I love how she bonded with one friend because they both had Asian moms. Her grandparents were so touching! Honestly I loved her tongue in cheek grandpa but it was her grandmother who won my heart. And her realistic and loving mother-daughter relationship made me tear up.-I love seeing Kyoto!GAHHHHH all the fun places that she went, some with Akira, and some alone or with her grandparents. I felt like I was there and got to learn about some tourist things I would love to do if I visited Japan.-I love the fashion design!Kimi really has an eye for fashion and it reads like a Project Runway original. The dresses, the outfits, the designs. I loved them all and really was rooting for her to realize where her love lies.-I love her letters to mom!These were absolutely incredible. I wish they had commissioned drawings to represent the photos she sent along with her emails to her mother. To try to explain her passion for fashion! So inspiring to follow what you love.-I love the mochi date!I won't say more than this so as to tantalize you for what I mean but it includes mochi... and is the ultimate date at just the right time. It was fun and so sweetly epic!Cover & Title grade -> A+I love the whimsical tone to the cover and title for a book that deals with a pretty huge deal in a teens life. The art is imperfect but so darling and perfect for Kimi and Akira's story. What else is there to say?! YOU NEED I Love You So Mochi ASAP!!Okay I will say this about I Love You So Mochi... there is A LOT to love in this sweet contemporary about a girl returning to her roots and finding her passion. There is a little love, friendship and family that mixes into the best filling for mochi!!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World BuildingThanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews...Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    ...finds romance with a med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. Lol, I'm here for it! Sounds like an adorable Asian drama plot.
  • Hilly
    January 1, 1970
    How cute is that cover???
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsHer mother's dream was for Kimi to become the next great Asian American artist. The only problem was it was not HER dream. While standing at a crossroads in her life, Kimi received a plane ticket and an invitation to visit her estranged grandparents in Japan. She saw this as the perfect escape from her mother's crushing disappointment, but it was exactly what she needed to find her passion.I swear, I didn't stop grinning for hours after reading this book. I simply loved everythi Rating: 4.5 StarsHer mother's dream was for Kimi to become the next great Asian American artist. The only problem was it was not HER dream. While standing at a crossroads in her life, Kimi received a plane ticket and an invitation to visit her estranged grandparents in Japan. She saw this as the perfect escape from her mother's crushing disappointment, but it was exactly what she needed to find her passion.I swear, I didn't stop grinning for hours after reading this book. I simply loved everything about it.Kimi was fantastic! She was charming, smart, funny, and talented, oh so, talented. I loved her passion for fashion, and her zeal for discovering new things.Akira was terribly sweet. I was delighted by all his nerdy suaveness, his ambitions, his authenticity, and his love for his family. I was so happy that this life-sized mochi danced his way into Kimi's life, because he absolutely made her time in Japan really special.Kimi's family played a big role in her journey as well. Her relationship with her mother was complicated. As a matter of fact, there were three generations of women working through their complicated feelings for each other, but underneath it all, you knew there was love. The relationship that developed between Kimi and her grandmother was beautiful, and a step in the right direction for her grandmother to begin mending the bridge between herself and her own daughter. Then, there were the letters Kimi wrote to her mother. They were beyond wonderful, and it was really lovely how Kimi uncovered so many truths about her mother as she was trying to figure herself out. Lots of sweet and touching moments here, folks. I must mention, that her dad and grandfather were also too precious for words.The romance was like biting into mochi - soft and gooey and so sweet on the inside. I adored Kimi and Akira together, and I wish I had a jump ahead to see what their future held.Japan and Japanese culture were featured prominently by Kuhn, and I inhaled every site, morsel, and bit of information she sent my way. The places she chose to have us visit were all so wonderful, and they weren't simply backdrops to the action, but rather, Kuhn incorporated them well into the story. And, as for the food, my mouth watered continuously. Bless you, Kimi, and your hearty appetite. You know I am trying to find some sweet potato Kit Kats now too.Overall: I had an incredible time with Kimi on her journey to finding her passion. It was filled with so many new discoveries, new experiences, and lots of love.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    wow wow wow what a stunningly perfect contemporary and honestly exactly what i needed after a day of being sick
  • Rodoreads
    January 1, 1970
    I'm soft, giddy and grinning like an idiot. What a cute book. Starting from the title, to the cover, to the story! So adorable. Sometimes reality intrudes on what we want. That’s just the way it is. Kimi had her life perfectly planned. Or you can say her mother did. She just wanted her mom to be happy and pretty much followed everything she said to see her smile. Until she couldn't anymore. Until she just became a blank canvas with no idea where to start. Dropping out of art classes without le I'm soft, giddy and grinning like an idiot. What a cute book. Starting from the title, to the cover, to the story! So adorable. Sometimes reality intrudes on what we want. That’s just the way it is. Kimi had her life perfectly planned. Or you can say her mother did. She just wanted her mom to be happy and pretty much followed everything she said to see her smile. Until she couldn't anymore. Until she just became a blank canvas with no idea where to start. Dropping out of art classes without letting her mom know made her face the Asian mother wrath (boy, I know how it is). Meanwhile Kimi gets a ticket to visit her grandparents in Japan, whom she never met. Needing a break from all these she decides to leave and that's when the magic starts. I want you to remember that you are boundless Kimi meets Akira. A boy who has his future planned. To be a doctor. Because he wants to. And it, itself was amazing for Kimi because she's so lost in what she wants to do in life. I loved both of them. A lot. The romance is so pure and there were heartbreaking parts too. Akira is perfect. He's my new book boyfriend 😭 getchu a boy who buys you mochi everytime he meets you. The family dynamics was amazing. You can see the insides and bitterness but so much love for eachother. Kimi's development and her trying to find her passion. Everything was put together in such a comprehensive way. Japan's description, food, clothing and so much more made me want to teleport right there, right now. 😭 Such a beautiful story.
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy) SO SWEET!!! And inspiring. The setting, the story, the romance, the food, the friends, the family dynamics - ALL OF IT.
  • Kaja (red panda) *:・゚✧
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS LIKE THE CUTEST TITLE EVER???Also the synopsis sounds like everything I've ever wanted.UPDATE: IT'S PREORDERABLE ON AMAZON! Releases May 28th 2019!
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    oh my actual goodness, I NEED THIS. My Japanese student heart needs it. ALSO: “a med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot.” I’m SO SO DOWN for this like you cannot believe
  • Kaitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    OH this is CUTE CUTE
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This is probs like 2.5 stars from me*I feel like this entire review has spoiler-y content, so if you don't want to know anything besides how I felt, here you go:Not-believable romance, weird parental expectation that didn't seem believable, super fun fashion design mc swoon-worthy descriptions of Kyoto and very cute grandparent relationship scenes. *I'm kind of sad I couldn't get behind the main conflict in this book. There were so many precious scenes that really hit me, but they were all twing This is probs like 2.5 stars from me*I feel like this entire review has spoiler-y content, so if you don't want to know anything besides how I felt, here you go:Not-believable romance, weird parental expectation that didn't seem believable, super fun fashion design mc swoon-worthy descriptions of Kyoto and very cute grandparent relationship scenes. *I'm kind of sad I couldn't get behind the main conflict in this book. There were so many precious scenes that really hit me, but they were all twinged with my disbelief for basically the entire plot. Alright so Kimi has been painting her entire life. When she finally gets into this prestigious art school and must create her final amazing painting that will encompass her as an ~artiste~, she can't. Her mom is super excited for her to follow *her dreams* and follow in her footsteps as a painter. Instead of painting her super important piece of art, she's been "messing around" and sketching some super bad ass outfit sketches and created her own garments out of scraps of clothes and other material that sparks her creativity. When Kimi's parents find out she hasn't actually started her painting and she maybe dropped her advanced art class, shit hits the fan. How could she throw away this oppourtunity!! This is all she's ever dreamed of!! (Just like me your mom who is also an artist!!)Her mom says she needs to stop "distracting herself" with drawing and making clothes and think about her career as an artist. That messing around making clothes won't help her get a job in the future. -- ok. This is the first place this story lost me. This entire internal conflict of Kimi deciding she no longers wants to be a painter (did she actually ever want it?) and "not knowing what she wants to do with her life" (hellloooo maybe the thing you're obsessed with and actually good at? i.e. fashion design) just doesn't make sense to me. For some reason in my mind the idea that her mom would be so rigid about what kind of artist she wants her daughter to be just doesn't seem realistic? Because both of those professions are considered artists. Just different mediums. And throughout the entire book she's trying to "find herself" in Japan and figure out what she really wants to do, but her passion of clothes-making is almost never seen as an option. She even goes to her grandma's friend's clothing store full of clothes she's created herself and she still doesn't admit that its a viable job option. like?????? I get there's some self denial in there, but it really didn't make sense to me. *spoilers for the end*eventually when she gets back home her mom realizes she was being freaking annoying and that her dream of being a fashion designer is just as valid as her dream of being a painter. like duh??? idk. I feel like this narrative would make more sense if the initial job was more of a stable/boring job and not just a different sect of artist. It doesn't hole the same amount of parental expectation or something? I'm not sure. *romance spoilers*lol they told e/o they were in love after ....... 2 weeks. There was basically zero conflict in this "love story" and whatever there was, was taken care of in 1-2 days. and I get that this is a short timeline so things kind of have to move that quickly, but... it didn't feel genuine to me. I wanted more struggle!!! More tension!!! I'm actually so sad that I couldn't get behind the legit two main plots in this story lol. There were so many cute moments and scenes!! Her learning more about her grandparents and building a relationship with them? GOLD! The letters she wrote to her mom about how she began falling in love with clothing design? BEAUTIFUL! The descriptions while she roamed around the city? SO FUN! (I will say I'm a little sus about how easily they traveled around - esp to Nara- , but that was never really addressed so I'm just gonna ignore it.)*Thank you to Edelweiss and Scholastic for this review copy!
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  • Kay Wisteria
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Scholastic for giving me a free ARC at YallwestI don't even have the words to describe the absolute cuteness overload that was this book!!! I mean, first of all, just look at that gorgeous cover! With the cherry blossoms, and the drawn characters, and the adorable handwritten look of the cover...I just knew that I would be in for a treat, and I absolutely was!I Love You So Mochi is about Kimi, a second generation Japanese-American teenager, who goes to Japan and meets her Japanese Many thanks to Scholastic for giving me a free ARC at YallwestI don't even have the words to describe the absolute cuteness overload that was this book!!! I mean, first of all, just look at that gorgeous cover! With the cherry blossoms, and the drawn characters, and the adorable handwritten look of the cover...I just knew that I would be in for a treat, and I absolutely was!I Love You So Mochi is about Kimi, a second generation Japanese-American teenager, who goes to Japan and meets her Japanese grandparents for the first time in her life during her senior year of high school, and goes through a period of self exploration and discovery along the way, trying to determine what exactly she wants to do with her life. The premise was so wonderfully cute, yet relatable, and I just adored every inch of this book!Kimi is such a wonderful character to read about. She's spent her entire life trying to please her parents, especially her mother who wants her to go to a prestigious art school and become an artist. (This also brings up the equations of "Asian Mom Math" which had me cackling lol). Meanwhile, she doesn't really know what she wants to do, except that she's quit art lessons and loves fashion and experimenting with clothes. Reading about her struggle with her parents' expectations and her own desires, and her just feeling overall lost and confused and unsure of what exactly she wants to do with her life felt so personal and relatable to me, a senior in high school who is also trying to figure out just what to do with my life.I love how Kimi's passion for fashion really shone through in this book. It was so clear how much she loved it, loved her work, and also the descriptions of her pieces, such as a piece of candy wrappers, paper notes, or a re purposed skating dress, were so clear and unique and I could absolutely picture them in my mind and see how much she loved them. We really get to see Kimi's fun, caring, and so complicated yet wonderful personality shining through her art pieces. The setting was an absolute favorite part of this. Japan! Kyoto! From descriptions of street vendors (like mochi vendors!!), to walks through beautiful parks, to beautiful cherry blossoms, the setting was so amazing to read about and I really felt that I was there, in Japan. This book, and Kimi, is also certainly Japanese-American (Kimi's mom is first generation and her dad is fourth generation), as there are descriptions of growing up Asian in America, and even talk of the Japanese internment camps from WWII. Furthermore, since Kimi is American and has never been to Japan before, we really got to see her experience her culture for the first time, take it in with fresh eyes. We got to see her blundering around, not understanding parts of the language and culture, and trying to figure it out. Trying especially to figure out how she can look like everyone there, much more so than she did in America, yet still seem and act so completely out of place. This was so incredibly relatable to me, and I sometimes felt like Kimi's journey was an exact mirror of my own recent trip to Asian for the first time in ten years where I had to discover everything new.Of course, would it be one of my reviews if I didn't have a paragraph dedicated to the food? Especially in a book with the word "mochi" in the title? Right from the first chapter there are absolutely mouth watering descriptions of mochi, sweet and chewy with a delicious treat in the middle, matcha and strawberry and all sorts of flavors, and I was here for it!! Kimi even gets to help make mochi at a street vendor's stall and it was just so much fun (and also super delicious) to read about!One especially wonderful thing about this book was the strong family themes. Kimi goes to Japan initially to escape her mother's wrath when she fails to please her tiger mom, and there she meets her grandparents for the first time who have become estranged from her mom because her mom failed to live up to their expectations. We get to see Kimi meet and get to know her grandparents, and also learn about her mom's past with them, and overall see the importance of family.4.5 stars
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  • chloe ❀
    January 1, 1970
    oh my god i loved this so mochi. review to come!
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from Miss Print's ARC Adoption Program.**I Love You So Mochi was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2019! I adored Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Worship series (definitely recommend!), so I was so excited for her young-adult debut. This book was the cute, soft romance that I didn't know I needed.I loved the main character, Kimi. She's such a go-getter; she knows what she wants and she does what she can to accomplish it. Her love of fashion and desig 3.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from Miss Print's ARC Adoption Program.**I Love You So Mochi was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2019! I adored Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Worship series (definitely recommend!), so I was so excited for her young-adult debut. This book was the cute, soft romance that I didn't know I needed.I loved the main character, Kimi. She's such a go-getter; she knows what she wants and she does what she can to accomplish it. Her love of fashion and designing clothes is so unique, and the descriptions of her clothes really added a touch of creativity to the book.Her friends are so supportive! They help her with every step of her journey, whether it's with coping with her mother's anger or giving advice about her crush on Akira. They're definitely highlights of the book, and I would totally read spin-offs with them!Possibly my favorite part of I Love You So Mochi was the familial relationships. Kimi's estranged from her grandparents because they disagreed with her mother's decisions, but when she accepts their invitation to visit them in Japan, she really gets to form a closer bond with them. I also liked seeing her normally-great relationship with her mom that grows strained when Kimi doesn't want to pursue the path she wants her to. That's definitely such an Asian parent and child relationship, especially with diasporic, generational differences, tbh.It was nice being in a non-Western setting! This book definitely captured the "Asian American in their heritage country"/diaspora feels; Kimi doesn't know a lot of the customs and differences in Japan, which would definitely be true for me if I went to Vietnam. I always relate so much to diaspora books, which is probably why I read so many.The romance was super cute! I did think it was a little fast-paced, but the book was short, so. Also, I liked that Akira helped Kimi grow and realize what path she wants to take. Overall, their scenes were so heartwarming.I Love You So Mochi is such a cute, sweet read. Full of clothing imagery that will make you jealous and food descriptions that will make you hungry, this is a book you didn't know you needed. Read this magical, heartwarming novel on May 28!original review:this was cute!!
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  • Sachi Argabright
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE YOU SO MOCHI tells the story of Kimi Nakamura, a Japanese American high schooler who is passionate about designing clothes despite her mother’s disapproval. After an explosive fight with her mother, Kimi receives a letter and plane ticket from her mysterious Japanese grandparents and takes them up on their offer to visit over Spring Break. After meeting and staying with her grandparents for the first time, Kimi is learns more about her family and also discovers a lot about herself along t I LOVE YOU SO MOCHI tells the story of Kimi Nakamura, a Japanese American high schooler who is passionate about designing clothes despite her mother’s disapproval. After an explosive fight with her mother, Kimi receives a letter and plane ticket from her mysterious Japanese grandparents and takes them up on their offer to visit over Spring Break. After meeting and staying with her grandparents for the first time, Kimi is learns more about her family and also discovers a lot about herself along the way.I was so excited for this release, and really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, this book didn’t work for me. I loved Kimi’s grandparents and the descriptions of Japanese food in this book are amazing, but otherwise I didn’t find this story to be very realistic.The biggest thing for me was that everyone Kimi meets in Japan speaks English. This might be my own narrow view, but in the three times I’ve been to Japan, I’m always overwhelmed by only hearing Japanese and not hearing any English. Kimi, like me, doesn’t speak Japanese and she has no problem getting off the plane and navigating the airport, the complex train system, or even ordering street food without the aid of a native speaker. I would understand it a little more if this wasn’t her first trip to Japan, or if Kimi was an extremely confident,problem solving teen. But she’s portrayed in the book as an anxious teenager that would rather dream up fantasies rather than take risks and experience life in reality. Once she meets up with her grandparents (who’s fluency in English wasn’t explained until halfway through the book) she also meets a boy who conveniently knows how to speak English, and even multiple bystanders speak to her in English as well. I’m sorry, but I’ve never had some random person speak English to me in Japan. Maybe hello or something, but not conversational English. Even when we asked a police officer (who is trained to speak English in case of emergencies with tourists) for directions his English wasn’t as good as the English speakers in this novel.I also thought the “fight” that Kimi and her love interest have was a little unbelievable and unnecessary. The way they make up is a little cliche, too. I liked the self discovery arc that Kimi goes on, but the outcome was obvious to me and I wasn’t sure what took Kimi so long to get there. Overall, this is a sweet book with a heartwarming ending, but I felt underwhelmed and a little irritated throughout the book.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ACR from Edelweiss PlusI would have love this in high school, but just felt more YA. Getting YA books for middle school is tough-- sometimes the details of high school are ones they want, some times they aren't. I've had a lot of students with this last name, so I was hoping this would be a good fit. Definitely would purchase for high school, though.
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  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    The synopsis for I Love You So Mochi just speaks to me. Cherry blossoms, romance and family drama? Yes, please! My contemporary heart is really excited to read this one.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I like the idea behind this read, but I couldn't get into it. It feels like a not as fleshed out version of the wonderful Starfish by Akemi Bowman, and I couldn't help but compare this to that one. I had to put it down.
  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to @scholasticinc and @sarahkuhnbooks for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange. This book is out 5/28/19!.~~5/5 for I LOVE YOU SO MOCHI, which I loved so so mochi! Here's what I adored:* Kimi!, a smart, funny heroine who is confident in her funky fashion choices* a super fun rom-com vibe and a swoon-worthy nerdy love interest, Akira* Kimi's burgeoning relationship with her formerly estranged grandparents (her grandpa is SO CUTE with his candy obsession)* Japan! I was drooling throu Thanks to @scholasticinc and @sarahkuhnbooks for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange. This book is out 5/28/19!.~~5/5 for I LOVE YOU SO MOCHI, which I loved so so mochi! Here's what I adored:* Kimi!, a smart, funny heroine who is confident in her funky fashion choices* a super fun rom-com vibe and a swoon-worthy nerdy love interest, Akira* Kimi's burgeoning relationship with her formerly estranged grandparents (her grandpa is SO CUTE with his candy obsession)* Japan! I was drooling throughout the book at all the food descriptions and now that I know that PUG CAFES are a thing, I must visit one ASAP. .~~Witnessing Kimi find herself and become brave enough to follow her true passion was a joy. I can't wait to put this in my middle school library and watch it fly off the shelf!.~~Swipe to see the summary on the back for more info. Must purchase for all MS/HS libraries. Perfect for grades 7+. Nothing objectionable at all here...just clean fun.
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  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOSH this book sounds adorable and perfect!
  • McKinlay Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    *I was sent this ARC from the publisher, Scholastic. This does not affect my review.*This book was so incredibly happy making! I loved literally every relationship in this. From Kimi's relationship with her parents and friends at home, to the relationships she forms with her grandparents and Akira in Japan. I don't know how Sarah Kuhn managed to flesh them all out so well in just 308 pages but my goodness, she did!This book is all about Kimi figuring out what her passion is. Now, I knew her pass *I was sent this ARC from the publisher, Scholastic. This does not affect my review.*This book was so incredibly happy making! I loved literally every relationship in this. From Kimi's relationship with her parents and friends at home, to the relationships she forms with her grandparents and Akira in Japan. I don't know how Sarah Kuhn managed to flesh them all out so well in just 308 pages but my goodness, she did!This book is all about Kimi figuring out what her passion is. Now, I knew her passion ten pages into the book, but when you're struggling with parental expectations, I imagine it's harder to pin down what YOU want! But it all comes about so wonderfully. I absolutely loved reading her journey, and now I desperately want to go to Japan. This comes out May 28th, and I highly suggest you pick it up. I think it'll be the perfect summer read.
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  • Afoma Umesi
    January 1, 1970
    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 watchin 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.Full review here https://afomaumesi.com/i-love-you-so-...
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It’s not only a love story but a self discovery story as well.
  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    Nope, I did not come here because of the title.Hahaha, I totally did because I have an obsession with mochi and the synopsis sounds ADORABLE.
  • Priyasha
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (Thank you, Publisher!!) Well to begin with the book ,I Love You So Mochi. I just loved the cover of the book and hence requested the book . Glad that I read this . It was delicious like a Mochi and I devoured it all at once . Mochi is a type of Japanese confectionary made from pounded pasty rice and molded into shape.The book was a sweet Young Adult Contemporary with the setting in Japan . The readers are introduce ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (Thank you, Publisher!!) Well to begin with the book ,I Love You So Mochi. I just loved the cover of the book and hence requested the book . Glad that I read this . It was delicious like a Mochi and I devoured it all at once . Mochi is a type of Japanese confectionary made from pounded pasty rice and molded into shape.The book was a sweet Young Adult Contemporary with the setting in Japan . The readers are introduced to Japan and its food culture . I have lately been fascinated by the beauty of Asian culture especially after the heavy influence of Korean dramas. Ever since I had read the blurb my interest was piqued . The storyline is a simple one with our protagonist, Kimi budding designer going on a self discovery to Japan , meeting a cutie asian, Akira ( I mean even the name is kinda cute ) . Instant attraction and falling for him and so on ......  This is one for the lighthearted reader's or those who wanna fall in the love at the first sight. You can't except much from these books accept from the fact that when you read them you have a smile on your face even though the story sounds the usual cliche . The book did sounded off at times and nevertheless I wholly enjoyed the book as I sucker for Contemporary ones . I would go with 4 Stars .
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  • Dani Amaya
    January 1, 1970
    Spoiler-Free Review: So I'm a little torn on this one and here's why: the book is good. Like, really good. It's written very well and is very impacting on someone who isn't me. SO while I enjoyed it at about 3 stars, in reality it's a 4 star kind of book. Make sense? No? Anyways, moving on... There is a lot to this book, but it boils down to three things: connecting with family, letting your past help find your future, and the simple joy of having a person tell you exactly what you need to h Spoiler-Free Review: So I'm a little torn on this one and here's why: the book is good. Like, really good. It's written very well and is very impacting on someone who isn't me. SO while I enjoyed it at about 3 stars, in reality it's a 4 star kind of book. Make sense? No? Anyways, moving on... There is a lot to this book, but it boils down to three things: connecting with family, letting your past help find your future, and the simple joy of having a person tell you exactly what you need to hear. To discuss the first, I really loved seeing Kimi reconnect with her grandparents. All of these scenes were written so gently and so kindly. I really loved how the presence of these distinct generation really brought attention to the missing generation in the picture, which is Kimi's mom. Watching her connect with both her grandparents in different ways really showed the different sides of Kimi, ultimately displaying the environment that her mother grew up in. I do think that the idea of Kimi going to Japan on vacation to "find herself" didn't really strike me as the most original or intriguing concept to begin with. Over time, however, I really found Kimi's journey to be unique and satisfying. It wasn't in the things she did, but the way she viewed what she saw. All around her were the most beautiful views Kyoto had to offer and she sees all of it through the lens of her passions and the lens of her American upbringing. I really loved that there was a pride in her culture that was always present in Kimi, but became more discovered and developed over time. I found it to be a very wholesome experience, reading about someone's pure joy at being surrounded by the culture they've known all there life, feeling at once, out of place and wholly belonging. From the very beginning of the book, her true passions are quite obvious to the reader, but as the book says she is very "Honestly, Kimi. You can be so KY ", basically meaning clueless. Don't worry, it's part of her charm. To speak on Akira: I loved. A Lot. He was so smooth and cute always. I loved his complete dedication to every task he puts in front of himself. The passions he has drive him forward everyday and it was really inspirational to see the far lengths his hope brings him to. He was definitely the perfect person for Kimi to run into on her journey. TL;DR This book combines Kyoto cuteness and fun to the very daunting task of finding your passions. Putting together themes of family, culture, and dreams across generations to an adorable spring love in Japan that will touch the hearts of all readers, making us blush, gush, and in a rush to finish college applications.
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  • Kate Waggoner
    January 1, 1970
    @KidLitExchange #partnerThank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn. All opinions are my own. I Love You So Mochi is a cute contemporary YA novel about family, friendship, first love, and self-discovery. Kimi loves turning scraps and random clothing pieces she finds at thrift shops into what she calls Kimi Originals. Her mother however disapproves and feels that spending time creating clothes is just a distraction from purs @KidLitExchange #partnerThank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn. All opinions are my own. I Love You So Mochi is a cute contemporary YA novel about family, friendship, first love, and self-discovery. Kimi loves turning scraps and random clothing pieces she finds at thrift shops into what she calls Kimi Originals. Her mother however disapproves and feels that spending time creating clothes is just a distraction from pursuing Kimi's real talent and future in painting. Kimi has been over painting for a while and trying to figure out what she wants to do with her future and how to tell her mom. After her mom finds out that she's dropped her art class and that painting isn't really her passion, Kimi decides she should take up her grandfather's offer to visit him and her grandmother in Kyoto, Japan for spring break. While in Japan, Kimi is determined to find her passion and future. Along the way, she meets a cute boy named Akira who helps her stop living in her head and start to find her passion. She also develops a relationship with her estranged grandparents and gains more insight into her mother's life and how she became the artist that she is. In her time in Japan, Kimi falls in love, finds herself, and establishes a connection with the grandparents that, up until know, she'd never had the chance to know. The first word that comes to mind when I think of this story is CUTE. It has dancing mochi, a pug cafe, and whimsical fashion trends. I love Kimi and how real her problems are. She has always felt so close to her mom, but now she's afraid of losing and disappointing her. I think we can all relate to that feeling of not wanting to disappoint our parents or some other significant person in our life. I think that readers can also relate to not fully knowing what their passion is and/or being scared to pursue it with a fearless and open heart. The love story is cute and will definitely appeal to a MG or YA crowd. While this is a YA novel, it is also appropriate for upper middle grades readers. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to adding a copy to my classroom library.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @kidlitexchange @scholasticinc and @sarahkuhnbooks for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I Love You So Mochi releases 5.28.19! This was such a fun, YA contemporary. Kimi Nakamura is torn between finding her one true passion in life. Her mother has sacrificed a lot and is pushing Kimi to apply to a prestigious art academy. She doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, but she keeps drawing a blank when it comes to painting. After a huge fight, Kimi decides to travel t Thank you @kidlitexchange @scholasticinc and @sarahkuhnbooks for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I Love You So Mochi releases 5.28.19! This was such a fun, YA contemporary. Kimi Nakamura is torn between finding her one true passion in life. Her mother has sacrificed a lot and is pushing Kimi to apply to a prestigious art academy. She doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, but she keeps drawing a blank when it comes to painting. After a huge fight, Kimi decides to travel to Kyoto, Japan to visit and get to know her maternal grandparents over Spring Break. Her week long adventure reveals a lot about her family, becomes a wonderful journey into self discovery and even sparks a sweet, light romance. I absolutely loved spending some literary time in Kyoto. The descriptions were so wonderful and encouraged me to look up all of the locations. Kimi visits the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Daibutsu, Todaiji Temple, Yasui Konpiragu Shrine and learns Kanji in the sweetest way possible at the Fushimi Inari Taisha. You’ll definitely be craving mochi many times too. I also became a quick fan of the tanuki (raccoon dog) that showed up throughout the story. I adored the relationship between Kimi and her grandparents or Ojiisan and Obaasan. They both had some wise lessons to share and did quite a bit of reflecting themselves about their own actions with their daughter. Her grandpa is so cute with his model trains and hidden candy. I also enjoyed the story line between Kimi and her mom - especially the emails. I think many can relate to not wanting to let parent(s) down regarding a big decision. This story showed that it’s important to be passionate about what you do rather it’s taking pride in selling mochi, aspiring to becoming a doctor or finding inspiration amongst your surroundings to create you own unique fashion pieces. If it sparks your interest and makes you excited, then it should be a part of your life.
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  • Nicole Hewitt
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis is the type of book that puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like all is right with the universe. The book is set (mostly) in Kyoto, Japan, and Kuhn does a fabulous job of making us feel like we’re right there with Kimi. There are so many cultural details that ground us in a sense of setting, and it’s easy to understand Kimi’s mixed feelings of blending in and standing out in a country that provided her h This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis is the type of book that puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like all is right with the universe. The book is set (mostly) in Kyoto, Japan, and Kuhn does a fabulous job of making us feel like we’re right there with Kimi. There are so many cultural details that ground us in a sense of setting, and it’s easy to understand Kimi’s mixed feelings of blending in and standing out in a country that provided her heritage and many aspects of her culture, but still isn’t quite home.I enjoyed every aspect of this book: Kimi getting to know her estranged grandparents (love, love, LOVE her grandparents), her complicated relationship with her mom, her exploration of Japan, and the adorable romance between her and Akira. Akira makes it his mission to help Kimi find where her passion in life truly lies, and their adventures together are incredibly sweet and swoony. It’s pretty obvious from the beginning what Kimi’s true calling is in life, and there are some moments when you wonder how she doesn’t see it, but her journey of self-discovery is so relatable that it’s easy to let that detail go. Overall, this book was a huge win for me, and I will definitely be reading more of Sarah Kuhn’s books in the future!***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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