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Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Setting: Los Angeles
Genre: Teen Romance
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
Author: Maurene Goo
Release Date: May 8, 2018

Her mom travels regularly. It's her dad that's raised her. Clara Shin has been raised to think for herself, not back down, and be independent. Those same traits cause Clara to push boundaries and generally annoy certain others. One of those "certain others" is a classmate and enemy named Rose Carver.

Rose is a snob. She's stuck up and generally unpleasant. When Clara is jokingly nominated for prom queen, Rose demands Clara back out. This makes Clara work harder than ever to win. She does and her resulting "joke" winds up backfiring in glorious fashion. As punishment, both Clara and Rose are forced to spend the summer working together on Clara's dad's food truck.

This experience is more than Clara bargains for. She finds herself actually enjoying working with Rose. She meets a guy and starts experiencing the joy of romance. Is Clara really going to let one summer turn her into a completely different person?

This is a lively, enjoyable teen romance. Clara is a bit of a rebel, but she's a likable rebel. She learns a lot and experiences incredible growth. It's not a book that forces you to think, but it's packed with romance, great characters, and descriptions of food that make the mouth water. Read The Way You Make Me Feel. It's worth it!

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