Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.
But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.
From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves Continue reading “Blog Tour: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – Interview and Review”
Life is funny sometimes.
And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer.
I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom.
And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die.
So, I tell myself: Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop.
Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review!
The title could not have been more fitting. I, too, feel like a beautiful mess right now. I read this book almost in one sitting, if it weren’t for work. Reading it made me both incredibly happy and sad at the same time. I might have also cried. Who am I kidding, of course I cried. Continue reading “ARC Review: A Messy Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan”
Last month went by so fast, I can’t believe it’s already September. Time is weird. On the one hand I feel like there was supposed to be an August 32nd and on the other hand I’m thinking that it’s almost October. Well anyway, at least I can get my hands on all the PSL’s again. Yup, I’m that person.
Thanks to my vacation, I was finally able to relax and read a lot. Like a lot. I managed to read about six of the books in the one week I was relaxing on the beach of Gran Canarian. Yes, I’m mentioning this to get you all jealous because I feel the need to go there again (or anywhere really) because I’m ready for another vacation. Im not even sure how I managed to avoid the book hangover and read other books afterwards.
So here’s the list before life gets even more stressful and I forget to post again: Continue reading “August Wrap Up”
Wow, this tag took me a while and I’m pretty sure everyone already did it. I’ve been tagged by Danielle and Jordan. Go and check out their answers too! But what’s better than getting over another year without any (late) Hogwarts letter, than doing the Harry Potter tag on September 1st?!
WHAT HOUSE ARE YOU IN?
I’m a proud Slytherin.
WHAT IS YOUR PATRONUS?
I think my patronus was a swift according to Pottermore.
WHAT IS YOUR WAND?
I haven’t been on my Pottermore account for years, but I guess I have no choice but to check it for this tag. It’s an Fir wood, 11 1/2″, with an unicorn hair core and unbeding flexibility. Continue reading “The Harry Potter Tag”