Waiting on Wednesday | #42


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


It will be set to release on September 26, 2017, by Simon Pulse.

I cannot wait for this book. It is a YA Contemporary novel that features a biracial white/Japanese American main character. This novel has a Social Anxiety rep and is #ownvoices. I don’t really hear a lot about this book on both Booktube and Book Twitter so I am not sure if the rep is good or bad. I love to read about family dynamics. 

The cover is beautiful. I do wonder what the Jellyfish stands for though. I love how purple is in the background and anything in white stands out. It is simple but beautiful. 

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.


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