A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Good introduction to Korean and Brazilian cultures: descriptions of Korean and Brazilian food and short Korean and Portuguese phrases sprinkled in.
Take risks and step outside of your comfort zone. Learn to live in the moment. Friendships can form in unlikely places. Take pride in your work. Acknowledge your mistakes and learn from them. It's OK to be vulnerable and open up to other people.
Positive Role Models
Although Clara's sarcastic attitude sometimes comes across as obnoxious and she often acts without thinking of the consequences, she learns that it's OK to be vulnerable and to care deeply about her family, friends, and work. She finally finds the drive to finish what she started. Adrian is an incredibly supportive father who raised Clara on his own and loves her unconditionally. Rose begins to understand that she can't control everything and learns to live in the moment. Hamlet is humble, patient, kind, and genuine. He encourages Clara to step outside of her comfort zone and doesn't enable her carefree attitude.
Violence & Scariness
Clara and Rose fight at prom and inadvertently start a fire at the school. Teens get injured at a water park.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Strong language includes "jerk," "dork," "bitch," "butt-kisser," "ass," "heck," "freaking," "dick," "stupid," and "WTF."
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Products & Purchases
Clara's mom is a famous social media influencer who travels the world instead of staying in Los Angeles to raise her daughter. Social media apps mentioned include Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook. Brands and pop culture mentions such as Rolling Stone, Airbnb, FaceTime, Gilmore Girls, Real Housewives, Rebel Without a Cause, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage drinking at parties. Clara gets drunk at the social media influencers' retreat and it ends up on various social media platforms. Brief mention of Clara's first time smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Way You Make Me Feel is a sweet coming-of-age tale that explores family, friendship, food, and celebrates the diverse culture of Los Angeles. A prank gone wrong at junior prom results in a fight that starts a fire at the school, and protagonist Clara has to work at her dad's Korean-Brazillian food truck for the summer, where she meets a cute guy named Hamlet. Also, two teens get injured at a water park. There are a couple instances of underage drinking, including one that's broadcast on various social media platforms, and there's a brief mention of Clara's first time smoking. Strong language includes "bitch," "ass," "dick," "butt-kisser," and "WTF."
Is It Any Good?
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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