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From Little Tokyo, With Love

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Funny, fierce romance explores belonging, fitting in.

Book Sarah Kuhn Romance 2021
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Veteran author Sarah Kuhn delivers a funny, touching story of a fiercely passionate young woman's quest to find out if her mother's alive, and to find a place where she belongs. From Little Tokyo, With Love is also populated with colorful, believable characters with strong, positive Asian American and LGBTQA+ representation, which give a refreshing feel and perspective to the story. Many YA main characters struggle with fitting in and feeling like they belong, but what makes Rika unique is that it's her always-just-under-the-surface anger that she thinks is her greatest weakness, and what keeps her from feeling like she belongs where she is. Teens will relate to her as she discovers that anger doesn't always have to be a negative feeling.

The romance itself follows a pretty conventional story arc, and the plot has some minor holes here and there. But they're not serious enough to bother readers who'll enjoy the humor; the narrow escapes; and the sense of discovering lesser-known but still amazing landmarks, locations, and communities around Los Angeles. Strong language and brief but passionate sexual activity make it best for teens and up.

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