Review: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo


Title: The Way You Make Me Feel

Author: Maurene Goo

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Published: 8 May 2018

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of summer 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 her signature warmth and humor, Maurene Goo delivers a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

-Goodreads Synopsis

Disclaimer: I got this copy in exchange for an honest review but it will not affect my review in any way.

“The risk of the bad stuff was so worth the good stuff. People who would be there for you even when you messed up and behaved like a little jerk? They were the good stuff.”

As you already know from the synopsis, Clara loves pranks and disruption. I wouldn’t have thought she is actually a kick-ass. The first few chapters, I admit I don’t really like her that much because she is troublesome. Everything is a joke to her. She wouldn’t take anything seriously and I hate that. Maybe I could say she is an unlikeable character. The rebellious, stubborn Clara Shin.

After the big incident from the school, Clara’s dad sentenced her to work all summer on the food truck, the KoBra. And it doesn’t make it better when Rose is going to work together with her because they are mortal enemies. During summer working on the truck together, I am so pissed at both of them because everything was almost going okay, but then… they are fighting again and I’m here like, why don’t you guys just get over it and make peace! Especially Clara. She’s the one who always being a jerk.

I didn’t like Rose at first too because she sounds like a diva, which she actually is. Well, after a few chapters, she’s actually not that bad and I kind of like her. Though, my favorite character is Clara’s dad. I love how Clara describes her dad like he’s a cool person because I do think he is cool. The perks of being a single young dad, maybe? Plus, we have the same revulsion; trypophobia. Ugh.

And we have a boy named Hamlet… I’m going to be honest here. I didn’t think of him as a Chinese guy. I think his name does give impact on my imagination. Every time I tried, I ended up thinking him as a Korean. That scene when he is punching the heavy bag, it gives me the Fight for My Way vibe. When I tried again, I accidentally imagined him as Fang from Boboiboy. Gosh, why am I like this?! *facepalms*

Anyhow, it surprised me that I’m not a fan of the romance because I am always a fan of every romance in everything. But this time, I’m not. It just doesn’t amazed me and it lacks something there. I may not be a fan, but I do think it’s cute, though; Chinese boy and a Korean girl. 

Last but not least, I like how Maurene do the writing. It’s not splendid but it’s not boring either. It’s in-between and simple, just how I like it.




14 thoughts on “Review: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

    1. Me too! I love this kind of book. And omgggg I’m so jealous you have that copy! I’ve been wanting to get a copy of that. I love the concept of the book 😍


  1. I finished The Way You Make Me Feel recently, and I really enjoyed it as well. One of my favorite aspects were the descriptions of Los Angeles. I’ve never been to the city, but obviously, I’ve watched more than a couple movies set there. And I think the book did a great job at portraying it like a real city, not the sparkly, sophisticated one we see in fiction.
    And I completely agree that Clara was pretty unlikeable. At first, I wondered if I’d be able to continue on with the book, because her personality just infuriated me. But I think she grows a lot in the book, and starts taking things more seriously and being more responsible. The way she grew attached to the KoBra was really well done and I finished the book really wanting to be her friend.
    Great review, Sha!

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    1. Thank youuuu!! 🌿

      I didn’t like her at first. SO annoying and immature! But like you said, I do want to be her friend too at the end. She changed a lot after everything and I really like the transformation.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book! 💖

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