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Posted October 2, 2013
Posted September 15, 2013
this was a fun read, made me smile and even got a few out-loud chuckles. at the end I was whining "I want to know what happens next!"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2013
'Since You Asked' is a upbeat and fun young adult contemporary novel that follows the exploits of leading lady Holly Kim, a Korean-American sophomore in high school who makes waves during the first week of school when she accidentally submits a snarky article for the school's newspaper. Throughout the book, Holly and her group of friends experience typical teenage problems - including secret admirers, the stuck up popular crowd, and the issues that come from being a second generation American with immigrant parents.
This was a truly funny debut novel that also deals with some important issues that most teenagers face. Holly is a great main character. She's funny, smart, witty, and a devoted friend and daughter. She and her friends have to deal with the usual teen problems - teachers, school, homework, snotty girls and jerky jocks; but they also have to deal with their immigrant parents' traditional values. Holly's parents are Korean and although she considers herself an American, her parents try to force traditional Korean traditions and values on her. Holly and her friends find themselves in funny and strange predicaments. Holly accidentally gets her own column in the school's newspaper and the reader gets to read her monthly thoughts along with some "Letters to the Editor" from fellow schoolmates. The plot was really lighthearted with some really funny dialogue and situations that had me literally snickering out loud while reading. The writing shows the author's incredible talent and I found it really surprising that this is her debut novel. The book had a fast pace and conversational tone, which made it a really quick read. This is the perfect summer read for fans of YA fiction and an author that you will definitely want to get on your radar!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 25, 2013
This book is HILARIOUS! Whether you are 20 years past Holly Kim's life or right there with her in the first year of high school, it pulls you right into the woes and wahoos of Freshman life! Maurene Goo captures the true essence of what it takes to dance through the halls of popularity, love, friendship, family, and gumption! And Holly!, well Holly is an inspiration to all the quiet ones, a compatriot to all the loud ones, and a gem to the fictional human race! Go, Goo!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
Such a great, fun summer read. What I really love is that the protagonist is relatable--which is seemingly harder and harder to find in YA. Holly, the main character, doesn't have any superpowers, she doesn't come from a picture-perfect family, and she isn't the most popular girl in school. It's so refreshing that she has a point of view on high school crap (yep, she's over it) and is smart and insightful. When she gets a platform to rant publicly (in the form of a column in her school paper), you have to root for her. The book has a lot of hilarious moments, especially with Holly's family, and it'll make you miss being a teenager AND also grateful that those years are over. The ending may leave you wanting a little more closure but to me that says ... a sequel may be in the cards for Goo and Holly? Hope so!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2013
Better than expected...
Maurene Goo's, Since you Asked...was actually better than I had originally anticipated but the ending definitely leaves you wanting more...
I will say that it took me till about 1/3 of the way into the book to really get hooked (in fact I remember looking down and noting the point where it really picked up and thinking, "yay!"), but keep with it and you will be rewarded with some really wonderful moments of surprising humor. I know it's so cliche, and we often complain about it, but I really did miss the love interest element. It was sort of there, but very slightly.
All in all, this is a great summer read to toss into your beach bag and enjoy a good laugh and look into Holly Kim's Crazy But Lovable Asian-American Family!