My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: May 8th, 2018
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Contemporary Romance, Summertime, Friendship
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?
If you’re looking for a poignant YA contemporary book, step away.
I’ll direct you towards other new releases, such as A Girl Like That, I Have Lost My Way or Girl Made of Stars.
But if what you’re looking for is for a read that is going to take your mind off of your finals that are coming up, if only for a couple of hours, I welcome you to step forward.
This book makes food trucks look ten times more delicious than restaurants. I admit I never saw their worth before. It’s too bad there aren’t any in my neighbourhood because I have a craving impossible to ignore right now.
The fact that this book focuses on a family business, however small, adds dimension to the story and the characters themselves. But I’ll have to warn you that the heroine is a typical, unmemorable teenager.
She lives with her father, and after having caused trouble at her school’s dance with one of her peers, both Clara and Rose must work together along with Clara’s father making food and serving it to customers from the food truck.
This gave me Foolish Hearts vibes. Like in that particular story, two ‘‘enemies’’ are pushed toward one another and must interact with the other person, thus forcing them to create a connection neither wanted to begin with.
It’s actually very sweet.
That part is great, but it doesn’t last long, and nothing about it will surprise you. It’s the usual ‘‘enemies to friends’’ trope, unusual setting aside.
But then the romance comes into play, and that aspect of the plot is a lot more original. I wanted to hug the love interest about a hundred times. He is very attentive and respectful. Also a nerd, but that’s not a turn off for me.
The writing is alright, although not spectacular, the atmosphere is light, the secondary characters better than the main one, and the story becomes quite moving towards the end.
Give it a chance if you’re in the mood for fluffy and cute.
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