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  • ISBN: 9781338302882
  • ISBN: 1338302884
  • Physical Description: 308 pages : map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press , 2019.

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Kimi Nakamura loves nothing more than transforming the outfits of her friends into expressions of their "Ultimate Selves" but her mother thinks it is a waste of time. After a huge fight, Kimi makes the decision to accept her grandparents' invitation to Kyoto where she is surrounded by her heritage, which is simultaneously foreign and familiar, and the environment helps her understand her mother better than ever before.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    High-school senior Kimi Nakamura is a whiz at whipping up "Kimi Originals" from thrift store clothing and fabric remnants, but her mother, a Japanese artist, wants Kimi to be a painter. When she drops her Advanced Fine Arts class, it ignites a terrible fight with her parents. Then an invitation arrives for Kimi to visit her grandparents in Kyoto, which she decides is the perfect opportunity to clear her head. Meeting her obaasan and ojiisan for the first time is awkward, but culture shock truly sets in when a cute boy named Akira offers to be her guide. Akira works at his uncle's mochi shop but dreams of being a doctor, and he's determined to help Kimi realize her true passion, too. Kimi is an adorable, lovable narrator who battles obstacles bravely—from learning the subtleties of Japanese culture to falling in love to fully embracing her own art. The food and cherry blossoms, ornate temples, and vivid colors make Kimi's first trip to Japan a joyous journey of self-realization, empowerment, and artistic fulfillment. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sarah Kuhn is on a quest to eat every kind of mochi in the greater Los Angeles area. She is the author of the Heroine Complex series and has penned a variety of comics and short fiction about geeks, aliens, romance, and Barbie (yes, that Barbie). Additionally, Sarah is a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In her spare time, she thinks way too much about one day adopting a pug and the lasting legacy of Claudia Kishi. A third-generation Japanese American, she lives in LA with her husband and an overflowing closet of vintage treasures. You can find Sarah online at

Subject: Fashion > Fiction.
Kyoto (Japan) > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Teenagers > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Young adult fiction.

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