Hi guys! Today is the last day of our SINCE YOU ASKED Three-Blog Hop. I know, sad day!! It’s been such a blast working with Jess, Isabel, Maurene, and her publicist. I hope you’ve had the time to check out Isabel and Jess’ interviews with Maurene. She gave some great answers! Well since, ultimately, all good things do have to come to an end, the three of us thought we’d go out with a bang.
Today we are each posting our review of this fabulous book AND we’re holding a super, mega, awesome giveaway. So not only do you want to hop on over to their blogs to see their review, but you also want to make sure you check out their interviews from a couple of days ago. Maurene’s answers may just end up giving you some extra points in the giveaway 😉
On to the SINCE YOU ASKED book madness!!
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim is the copyeditor for her high school’s newspaper. When she accidentally submits an article that rips everyone to shreds, she gets her own column and rants her way through the school year. Can she survive homecoming, mean-girl cliques, jocks, secret admirers, Valentine’s Day, and other high school embarrassments, all while struggling to balance her family’s traditional Korean values?
In this hilarious debut, Maurene Goo takes a fresh look at trying to fit in without conforming to what’s considered “normal” in high school and how to manage parental expectations without losing one’s individuality…or being driven insane.
When was the last time you read a laugh out loud, can’t stop reading, contemporary YA about a rebellious teenager living in a very traditional home? I thought about that after I read SINCE YOU ASKED. It literally has been years since I’ve read a book that has made me laugh as hard as this book has.
The summary on the book does a pretty awesome job at telling you what this is about. Holly is a hysterically sarcastic teenager just trying to survive her sophomore year of high school, and survive living with her very traditional, no-nonsense mother. What started off as a way to pass the time, Holly now has a column in the newspaper where she goes on and on about what is wrong with teenagers these days. She covers everything from the homecoming court to Thanksgiving to summer expectations. Her column is awesome and I would’ve loved reading something like that in my school newspaper.
One of the best parts about this book is the structure of the writing. Not only do you get the typical chapter style narration, but you also get to see Holly’s column, the mysterious love notes she receives from an admirer, and her own doodling, albeit copyedits or a seating chart. I thought including these things really added to the overall feel of the novel. So you get to read about Holly’s year in high school and feel like you are right there with her as she’s going through life.
Holly was great. She said everything that I thought when I was in high school. Goo’s ability to make her characters realistic is impeccable. I have quite the sarcastic dry humor myself, so I instantly connected with Holly. The secondary characters were great, as well. They all were completely different from one another but together they were a group of friends that I would love to have. Their personalities, while opposite, complemented each other nicely. They always stick up for one another and even if they get in fights, they know they could never stay mad for too long.
I loved how the book didn’t just focus on Holly’s new-found journalism hobby. While the story was a light, fast read, you still get to experience some deeper issues like Holly’s struggle to be something her parents are proud of while still keeping her individuality. Growing up in a traditional Korean household is not something Holly resents but something that sort of clashes with her rebellious spirit. It’s all about balance. Holly has to learn to how to still be herself but while keeping her parents and their way of life happy. It also touches on the issue of not judging a book by the cover. You can’t always assume how a person truly is unless you sit down and try to get to know them.
If you’re looking for a fun, fast read with enjoyable characters, I highly recommend this book! Maurene knows how to create a story that you’ll eagerly gobble up in just a couple of sittings. You’ll love Holly’s witty sense of humor and how unafraid she is of being completely blunt. Filled to the brim with pop-culture references, realistic truths, and lots of teenage angst, you can’t help but wish you went to school with Holly and her friends!
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Grand Prize: an ARC of SINCE YOU ASKED, a pair of hot pink wayfarers like the ones Holly is wearing, and a tote bag!
2nd Place: a checkered tote bag and a hardcover copy of SINCE YOU ASKED!
3rd Place: a fox bag!
The ARC is provided by Maurene’s publicist, the wayfarers are from Maurene, and the tote bags are from Bungalow 360, a company in the city where the novel takes place: San Diego.