The Weekend Aesthetic is a feature where I post book aesthetics on the weekend. They might be of a book I’m currently reading. recently read, read a long time ago, or even one I consider to be a favorite of mine—there’s no rhyme or reason to it!
I absolutely, positively loved reading Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel! Our main girl Clara Shin loves pulling pranks at school, but after one prank goes too far and involves her nemesis, Rose Carver, her plans for her entire summer goes up in flames. Now Clara’s sentenced to work her father’s food truck with none other than Rose herself. Only, maybe Rose isn’t as bad as she thought and a friendship between the two starts to blossom.
Clara would definitely be considered an “unlikable” character, but I loved that part of her and watching her character development over the course of the novel with help from her new bestie Rose and the cute boy Hamlet. Seriously though, Hamlet is so cute and nerdy and sweet and wow there just needs to be more soft boys in YA. Clara’s relationships with each of her parents were great, and I especially loved Clara’s dad—one of the best parents I’ve read in YA. Also, Clara’s mother is an Instagram influencer, which is so current and relevant for today’s teens. The Way You Make Me Feel really did feel like a love letter to LA and I loved the diversity all of the characters. It’s a delightful novel full of friendship, family, growing up, and good food. This book is definitely a summer must-read!