I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn is not my kind of book. Not only is it mother-daughter based–I just can’t, I just can’t–but it’s a contemporary about fashion and art. These are not areas I hate or anything, but they’re not ones that I’m interested enough in to want to read about it in this format. Sure, I’ll read art books that teach how to draw…but characters driven by art aren’t my thing. I don’t have any assumption that there’s anything wrong with this book, of course. It’s more that I don’t find it appealing as fiction.
Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she’s been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.
When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival–and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.
What do you think of I Love You So Mochi? Do you feel that you’d be interested in reading it or no? What stands out to you the most? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!