Kuhn, Sarah. I Love You So Mochi. New York: Scholastic Press, 2019.
Hardcover | $17.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1338302882 | 308 pages | YA Contemporary Romance
I Love You So Mochi is an adorable multicultural YA contemporary romance that also had a great exploration of the complexities of family dynamics within a Japanese/Japanese American family.
I loved the descriptions of Kyoto, from the locations like the pug cafe to the descriptions of the food like the mochi and the Ebi-Filet. I also enjoyed that the cultural differences between American and Japanese cultural norms.
The romance is also incredibly cute, even though it’s not the central part of the book like I assumed it was. I liked that Akira helped Kimi to discover what her true artistic calling was. The romance is also incredibly cute, even though it’s not the central part of the book like I assumed it was. I liked that Akira helped Kimi to discover what her true artistic calling was. Another reviewer likened it to “biting into mochi – soft and gooey and so sweet on the inside,” and I wholeheartedly agree, and not just because mochi plays a pretty big role in this book.
But the major part of the book was the familial relationships. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Kimi learning something about her mother’s experience of defying her own mother’s wishes, and how that is reflected in their own relationship, leading her to reach out and prevent a future estrangement, which occurred between her mother and her parents. I also found it beautiful how she helped to heal the wounds, leading to a reunion between mother and grandparents by the end.
I really enjoyed this book, and it was pure fun to read. I would recommend this to other fans of cute multicultural contemporary stories.