It’s day 28 of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and I’m wishing a happy book birthday to the 28th AAPI book that I want to read!
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn has been on my TBR list ever since I heard about her book months ago. And then I received the ARC at the Kweli’s Color of Children’s Literature Conference! This book is near the top of my pile and I’m excited to get to read it this summer when I finally have time to read! I was thrilled to discover that she has also written a superhero book starring an Asian American! Here is an interesting conversation between her and another Asian fantasy author on Angry Asian Man’s blog.
From the publisher:
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.