Title: I Love You So Mochi
Author: Sarah Kuhn
Genres: Young Adult comtemporary
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.
This was absolutely adorable.
I Love You So Mochi is about a girl visiting her grandparent’s in Japan for the first time and trying to figure out what exactly her passion is. She also meets a very cute guy who works as a mochi mascot for his uncle’s mochi stand and they develop a romance.
I basically loved everything about this book, except for the main plot of finding one’s passion. It was pretty clear from page one what exactly Kimi’s passion is and the fact that it takes her the entire book to figure it out herself was kind of frustrating. It would’ve been so much more interesting if she actually didn’t have a passion and she spend her time in Japan finding something new she loved and actually discovering herself. Finding out what makes her happy, instead of already knowing but just not connecting the dots yet. Lees verder