Review: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (Spoiler Free)

the way you make me feel

Title: The Way You Make Me Feel

Author: Maurene Goo

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

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?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

This was such a fun read! Definitely an awesome warm weather book.

The Way You Make Me Feel is my first Maurene Goo book, though I do own a copy of I Believe in a Thing Called Love (which I will be picking up sometime this summer). I am so in love with her writing and the voice that she gives her characters. From the first moment we met Clara, I loved her and totally wanted to be best friends. I was immediately invested in her life without a second thought.

What really drew me into this book (besides my instant bonding with Clara) was the humor. I love it when a book can make me laugh, and I was laughing out loud in the first chapter. I was going through a bit of a rough patch when I read this book, and it really managed to pull me out and make me smile. It also managed to make me hungry, while also angry that I live in a tiny town with no possibility for a food truck to ever become a thing.

If you’re looking for a fun read that touches on family, friendship, and love, definitely pick this one up. It’ll make a perfect summer read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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