I Love You So Mochi

I Love You So Mochi

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 f...

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Title:I Love You So Mochi
Author:Sarah Kuhn
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I Love You So Mochi Reviews

  • Camryn

    This is the sweetest and softest and I loved every minute of it. There is so much heart and love in basically every page. I loved the descriptions of Japan and Kimi’s clothes and the family dynamics and AKIRA. Our world is really harsh right now and it was so, so nice to have something so hopefully and kind and soft.

  • Rachel Strolle

    wow wow wow what a stunningly perfect contemporary and honestly exactly what i needed after a day of being sick

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Her mother's dream was for Kimi to become the next great Asian American artist. The only problem was it was not HER dream. While standing at a crossroads in her life, Kimi received a plane ticket and an invitation to visit her estranged grandparents in Japan. She saw this as the perfect escape from her mother's crushing disappointment, but it was exactly what she needed to find her passion.

    I swear, I didn't stop grinning for hours after reading this book. I simply loved everythi

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Her mother's dream was for Kimi to become the next great Asian American artist. The only problem was it was not HER dream. While standing at a crossroads in her life, Kimi received a plane ticket and an invitation to visit her estranged grandparents in Japan. She saw this as the perfect escape from her mother's crushing disappointment, but it was exactly what she needed to find her passion.

    I swear, I didn't stop grinning for hours after reading this book. I simply loved everything about it.

    Kimi was fantastic! She was charming, smart, funny, and talented, oh so, talented. I loved her passion for fashion, and her zeal for discovering new things.

    Akira was terribly sweet. I was delighted by all his nerdy suaveness, his ambitions, his authenticity, and his love for his family. I was so happy that this life-sized mochi danced his way into Kimi's life, because he absolutely made her time in Japan really special.

    Kimi's family played a big role in her journey as well. Her relationship with her mother was complicated. As a matter of fact, there were three generations of women working through their complicated feelings for each other, but underneath it all, you knew there was love. The relationship that developed between Kimi and her grandmother was beautiful, and a step in the right direction for her grandmother to begin mending the bridge between herself and her own daughter. Then, there were the letters Kimi wrote to her mother. They were beyond wonderful, and it was really lovely how Kimi uncovered so many truths about her mother as she was trying to figure herself out. Lots of sweet and touching moments here, folks. I must mention, that her dad and grandfather were also too precious for words.

    The romance was like biting into mochi - soft and gooey and so sweet on the inside. I adored Kimi and Akira together, and I wish I had a jump ahead to see what their future held.

    Japan and Japanese culture were featured prominently by Kuhn, and I inhaled every site, morsel, and bit of information she sent my way. The places she chose to have us visit were all so wonderful, and they weren't simply backdrops to the action, but rather, Kuhn incorporated them well into the story. And, as for the food, my mouth watered continuously. Bless you, Kimi, and your hearty appetite. You know I am trying to find some sweet potato Kit Kats now too.

    Overall: I had an incredible time with Kimi on her journey to finding her passion. It was filled with so many new discoveries, new experiences, and lots of love.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    I Love You So Mochi has been flying around the Asian book blogger blogs. It caught my eye due to the title, based on a Japanese confectionery made from pounded rice and molded around a yummy filling. My favorite are ice cream mochi... I was dying to see how they were incorporated into the story.

    Kimi Nakamura has been practicing her art since she was a child at the knee of her wannabe artist mother. Lately though its taken a tu

    I Love You So Mochi has been flying around the Asian book blogger blogs. It caught my eye due to the title, based on a Japanese confectionery made from pounded rice and molded around a yummy filling. My favorite are ice cream mochi... I was dying to see how they were incorporated into the story.

    Kimi Nakamura has been practicing her art since she was a child at the knee of her wannabe artist mother. Lately though its taken a turn away from fine art and she's been playing around with clothes and making her friends "feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves." This is such a true dilemma for a soon to be college student. All through college friends were going into fields they didn't enjoy because of a parent's expectations. And they didn't even know it!! I feel like I Love You So Mochi is for all of those high schoolers who are feeling uncertain about what they love to do and need answers.

    What made I Love You So Mochi step out into the limelight for me is the fact Kimi explored her feelings about college and career while visiting her estranged grandparents in Japan. There she meets a boy who points out the things he sees about her... And this helps her to see some truths about herself she's never realized before now. Getting a tourists eye view of Kyoto along with Kimi was super fun and a great way to incorporate her exploring her career choice. And Akira was so darling! Things aren't tied up perfectly but end on a satisfying note that will inspire other college bound students to honestly evaluate their future.

    What can I say? I sat down and read I Love You So Mochi in almost one sitting! I found Kimi's friendship and school life really made her stand out to me compared to other characters in similar circumstances. She has some of the best friends in Bex and Atsuko! She didn't treat them the best but also tried to understand what she was going through and embrace what they knew of events.

    I really fell in love with Kimi though when she got to Japan. She really didn't know what the customs were and hadn't had time to look them up and familiarize herself. This made her start there fun and different. It was natural conflict that made her experiences feel more real and the conflict with her grandmother more pronounced.

    I feel like this natural foreshadowing and story support within the writing of I Love You So Mochi to be quite strong and made the read so pleasurable. Even the conflict and resolution with Akira rang true. And the men in Kimi's life supported her so much! Her dad, grandpa and Akira's uncle all were so winningly fun and witty without taking the focus off the female relationships. They all felt like real people that I would run into on the street one day. All hallmarks of a great read for me, definitely a top winner for 2019!

    - I love Kimi's relationships!

    Her girlfriends honestly were so fun! I love how she bonded with one friend because they both had Asian moms. Her grandparents were so touching! Honestly I loved her tongue in cheek grandpa but it was her grandmother who won my heart. And her realistic and loving mother-daughter relationship made me tear up.

    -I love seeing Kyoto!

    GAHHHHH all the fun places that she went, some with Akira, and some alone or with her grandparents. I felt like I was there and got to learn about some tourist things I would love to do if I visited Japan.

    -I love the fashion design!

    Kimi really has an eye for fashion and it reads like a Project Runway original. The dresses, the outfits, the designs. I loved them all and really was rooting for her to realize where her love lies.

    -I love her letters to mom!

    These were absolutely incredible. I wish they had commissioned drawings to represent the photos she sent along with her emails to her mother. To try to explain her passion for fashion! So inspiring to follow what you love.

    -I love the mochi date!

    I won't say more than this so as to tantalize you for what I mean but it includes mochi... and is the ultimate date at just the right time. It was fun and so sweetly epic!

    I love the whimsical tone to the cover and title for a book that deals with a pretty huge deal in a teens life. The art is imperfect but so darling and perfect for Kimi and Akira's story. What else is there to say?! YOU NEED I Love You So Mochi ASAP!!

    Okay I will say this about I Love You So Mochi... there is A LOT to love in this sweet contemporary about a girl returning to her roots and finding her passion. There is a little love, friendship and family that mixes into the best filling for mochi!!

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building

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  • chloe ❀

    oh my god i loved this so

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    update: i loved this book so

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    before i start talking about the story, let’s just take a moment and appreciate the fluffiest piece of art that is the cover of this book. also, the title is so punny and adorable, which adds to the cuteness even more.

    one of my favorite things about the book is that it’s set in kyoto, a part of japan that almost never appears in ya novels. it’s underrated, really – with its beautiful shrines and cherry blossoms, k

    oh my god i loved this so

    . review to come!

    update: i loved this book so

    .

    before i start talking about the story, let’s just take a moment and appreciate the fluffiest piece of art that is the cover of this book. also, the title is so punny and adorable, which adds to the cuteness even more.

    one of my favorite things about the book is that it’s set in kyoto, a part of japan that almost never appears in ya novels. it’s underrated, really – with its beautiful shrines and cherry blossoms, kyoto is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

    in this book, we meet kimi, who was an aspiring artist until she finds out that she has lost all motivation for something she has been doing for her entire life – painting. on the other hand, akira, a japanese boy whose uncle runs a mochi shop, has always known what he wants to be – a doctor.

    kimi always feels frustrated with what she and her friends call asian mom math. being pressured by her mom, she grew up believing that art is the thing she loves most. this happens for me too – my parents and i have very different expectations for myself, and sometimes it can be quite difficult to satisfy both.

    akira, on the other hand, is encouraged to pursue his dreams. the only person stopping him from doing so is himself. he helps his uncle with his mochi shop, and with the rent being raised, he believes that it is his responsibility to work hard for the shop and to give up his med school dreams to keep it going.

    i really like how kimi and akira are always there for each other on every step of their self discovery journey. akira makes it his mission to help kimi find out her goals in life, while kimi motivates akira to chase after his passion.

    and that slow burn romance. can someone please buy me an airplane ticket so i can fly to japan and find a boy who gives me mochis when we go on dates? akira is the sweetest, most precious character in the universe. i think i have a new book boyfriend.(●´∀`)ノ♡

    the romance is beautiful, and so is kimi’s relationship with her family and friends. kimi has never met her estranged maternal grandparents from japan before, and i really liked seeing how they eventually warm up to her.

    as for her parents, it’s clear that they want the best for her, but don’t know how to express it (in other words, asian mom math). i loved kimi’s emails to her mom – they are so honest, and full of raw emotion, and i tore up a bit at the very end (not going into detail here, i don’t want to spoil it for you!)

    and kimi’s friends are the best. they don’t even get mad when kimi suddenly abandons them and their spring break plans for a spontaneous trip to japan, and are supportive of every decision kimi makes. we need more friendships like this in ya novels!

    is an adorable, sweet and heartwarming novel about love and family. i loved it so much, and i’m sure you would too!

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  • Hanis

    4.3/5 stars.

    Can we just appreciate the cover for a second? That’s one awesomely beautiful cover and I’m not gonna lie, the book cover attracted me first. And luckily, when I read the synopsis I was interested and intrigued. This reader right here definitely didn’t regret picking this up.

    The story began with Kimi who went to Japan to get some brief vision of what she aspired to do in her life, as she couldn’t handle the very thing her mother wanted her to do – drawing wasn’t fully her passion, a

    4.3/5 stars.

    Can we just appreciate the cover for a second? That’s one awesomely beautiful cover and I’m not gonna lie, the book cover attracted me first. And luckily, when I read the synopsis I was interested and intrigued. This reader right here definitely didn’t regret picking this up.

    The story began with Kimi who went to Japan to get some brief vision of what she aspired to do in her life, as she couldn’t handle the very thing her mother wanted her to do – drawing wasn’t fully her passion, and she couldn’t discover the passion that had driven her mood every day. I definitely loved how this book brought me to Japan indirectly and learned more about the food, the culture, etc. I would love to say that this book didn’t only focus on giving Kimi’s dream some exposure and her love story with the Japanese boy, Akira – who was a precious mochi to me – but some other aspects that I find vital in not exacerbating the story and leading it towards boredom. I extremely loved the family relationships in this book and their very own back stories. The friendship in this book was super strong, I adored how they were there for each other through thick and thin. This wasn’t exactly a light read, but the plot could be easily grasped and definitely expressed the story well.

    However, I wish the author could expand the plot a little bit by inserting some other conflicts. There were some conflicts that I found a bit cliché as almost all books have them now. Nonetheless, I didn’t really have much problematic issues with the plot and definitely loved it!

    The attention in making the characters in this book perfect was meticulously impressive. I adored Kimi and Akira with all my heart – they were perfect together and I could accept their adorableness. Both of them had different visions in life and held on to different characteristics of their own. The differences attracted them well. I loved, LOVED Kimi’s family especially her grandparents. Her friends were adorable as well, and I loved to have supportive friends like them. Regardless of all this, I personally wish the characters had more character growths. I was a bit irritated when Kimi couldn’t realize what her passion in life was – it was in front of you, girl! This is what I’m talking about character growth.

    I was comfortable with the author’s writing style – wasn’t exactly simple but wasn’t complicated, either. Her writing style definitely gave the Japanese vibes and spread the can’t-help-but-fall-for-it cuteness throughout the story. I would sincerely love to read more books from this author in the future!

    Overall, I Love You So Mochi was a delightful read that could form a broad smile on your face. I was soft reading this and highly grateful that I enjoyed it wonderfully.

    My final rating for this book is 4.3 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended!

  • Rodoreads

    I'm soft, giddy and grinning like an idiot. What a cute book. Starting from the title, to the cover, to the story! So adorable.

    Kimi had her life perfectly planned. Or you can say her mother did. She just wanted her mom to be happy and pretty much followed everything she said to see her smile. Until she couldn't anymore. Until she just became a blank canvas with no idea where to start.

    Dropping out of art classes without le

    I'm soft, giddy and grinning like an idiot. What a cute book. Starting from the title, to the cover, to the story! So adorable.

    Kimi had her life perfectly planned. Or you can say her mother did. She just wanted her mom to be happy and pretty much followed everything she said to see her smile. Until she couldn't anymore. Until she just became a blank canvas with no idea where to start.

    Dropping out of art classes without letting her mom know made her face the Asian mother wrath (boy, I know how it is). Meanwhile Kimi gets a ticket to visit her grandparents in Japan, whom she never met. Needing a break from all these she decides to leave and that's when the magic starts.

    Kimi meets Akira. A boy who has his future planned. To be a doctor. Because he wants to. And it, itself was amazing for Kimi because she's so lost in what she wants to do in life. I loved both of them. A lot. The romance is so pure and there were heartbreaking parts too. Akira is perfect. He's my new book boyfriend 😭 getchu a boy who buys you mochi everytime he meets you.

    The family dynamics was amazing. You can see the insides and bitterness but so much love for eachother. Kimi's development and her trying to find her passion. Everything was put together in such a comprehensive way.

    Japan's description, food, clothing and so much more made me want to teleport right there, right now. 😭 Such a beautiful story.

  • Emma

    2.75 stars

    Full review

    This book just wasn’t for me.

    I appreciated the descriptions of Kyoto and all that there is to see and do there. They were all very good. They were probably one of the things I liked most in this book, alongside the development of a deep relationship between Kimi and her grandparents.

    My main issue with this novel is that there isn’t really any conflict. Kimi goes to Japa

    2.75 stars

    Full review

    This book just wasn’t for me.

    I appreciated the descriptions of Kyoto and all that there is to see and do there. They were all very good. They were probably one of the things I liked most in this book, alongside the development of a deep relationship between Kimi and her grandparents.

    My main issue with this novel is that there isn’t really any conflict. Kimi goes to Japan to avoid her mother who seems disappointed because her daughter does not want to be a painter like her. Kimi’s passion is fashion and making clothes, we know that from the beginning. Yet somehow it takes Kimi basically the whole book to figure out that fashion is not a distraction, it can be a real plan for her future and also a job opportunity. That’s what got me on my nerves, the whole book is a journey toward something we know from page 1.

    The romantic aspect of this novel was just okay. Akira is a very sweet boy but I did not see a spark between him and Kimi. Their relationship didn’t work for me.

  • Hilly

    How cute is that cover???

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Lol, I'm here for it! Sounds like an adorable Asian drama plot.

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