Parents' Guide to

The Way You Make Me Feel

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet coming-of-age tale explores family, food, friendship.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Great novel for STEM--Food Truck Science with great characters

I love that this author uses "freaking" as her adjective rather than the language in many public school hallways. The diversity/multicultural (Korean/Brazilian and Chinese) explores school stereotypes in an easy, conversational way. 8th graders can learn a lot about how actions impact how people view/think about you. Main protagonist is struggling with her mom being a social media influencer and always away while her dad is left to be both parents. No sex, no language, one mention of French kissing and protagonist gets in trouble for smoking in the bathroom. Encourages good decision making when conscientious Rose reports seeing the smoke in bathroom. Great emphasis on parenting not being "your friend." The two main opposing characters have to work off their punishment in a food truck over the summer and become friends by the end.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

The emotional father-daughter bond, heartwarming friendship, charming interracial romance, and mouthwatering descriptions of Korean Brazilian dishes make this a delectable treat for teens. Author Maurene Goo beautifully captures and celebrates the diverse cultures, characters, and sights of Los Angeles in this sweet coming-of-age tale. Clara can sometimes come across as obnoxious with her sarcastic attitude, but as The Way You Make Me Feel progresses, readers will love her transformation after an eye-opening trip into a passionate and driven young woman who's ready to develop deep, meaningful connections with others.

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