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!
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a young adult 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.
Sam@wlabbsays:November 16, 2019 at 11:24 AM
I remember something rubbed me the wrong way with this book, but I still loved Clara’s dad and her relationship with him, as well as the love interest. The food parts were all great too. Totally had me salivating.
Jordansays:December 14, 2019 at 9:05 PM
Oh I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. The father-daughter relationship really was excellent!
Madisays:November 18, 2019 at 11:39 AM
If I owned a food truck, I think I’d make it all about comfort foods: Cakes, cookies, pasta, etc.!
Jordansays:December 14, 2019 at 9:04 PM
Yes!! That would be delicious!