New to Me – The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.


New to Me – The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene GooThe Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: May 8, 2018
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From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo's signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

As a fan of contemporary YA, I have been told for a long time I need to read a Maurene Goo book. They always tell me it is a me author and I should check her out. Honestly, I’m not sure what I haven’t. I have been interested, just never actually went out and got one and read it. Well that all changed with The Way You Make Me Feel. It was voted on for me to read for New to Me, and I’m so happy I did. It reminded me a lot about what I love in an Emma Mills book and made the book a joy to read.

The Way You Make Me Feel is about Clara Shin, a high school girl that LOVES a good prank. Seriously, she has never met a prank she didn’t love and lives for causing chaos. That is until one of her pranks goes horribly wrong. Now instead of being lazy all summer and planning her trip to see her mom in Mexico, Clara is ‘sentenced’ to work in her dad’s food truck with her sworn enemy. With nothing going as planned Clara is in for a summer she never saw coming.

I knew immediately that I was going to enjoy Clara and her story. I loved her from the start even though I knew she needed to grow up and stop hiding her feeling with pranks and by running away. There was something so endearing about her that I found myself wanting her to be happy and to find her way. It truly was a delight to read about her journey and her growth and see her slow change, not only herself but the people she allowed to be close to her. Rose and Hamlet ended up being exactly when she needed and when and Goo demonstrated that with ease. Plus, Hamlet was SO SO CUTE!

All in all this was a fantastically, fun read that hit on a lot of serious stuff under the surface. Everything worked so well together and I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. This may have been my first Maurene Goo, but it won’t be my last. Definitely pick this one up if you haven’t!


And there you have it, April’s book selection for New to Me. I can’t wait to read more from this author. People were night, she is a me author!


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A Kiss is Just a Kiss – The Winner’s Kiss Blog Tour


I’m so excited to be a stop on The Winner’s Kiss blog tour. Admittedly I got into the series late but the love for it is strong. And it will be out in stores before we know it!

Anyway for the tour we were asked a really important question. A question that basically took me like .99999 seconds to answer in my head. And If you know me and you know the question it probably took you just as long to think of the answer.


photo credit to Gail
photo credit to Gail

Like I would pick anything other than Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! That book is everything to me. The Paris setting, the characters, the romance, the friendship. It has everything and the kiss…oh that kiss! Gail was kind enough to take a picture of the location when she went to Paris and I smile just looking at it!


Only the BEST couple to ever grace the pages of a book, Anna and Etienne. I mean seriously the swoon is so real. They have such a familiarity between them it is hard to not fall in love with both of them and the kiss.



I have read  the book 11 times and that scene like 9 million times. I swoon every time I read it. The dialogue is so perfect and spot on. The scene is everything I want for a kiss in a book. Basically Stephanie nailed it 110%. Excuse me while I run off and read it again.




The only kiss that is important to me in The Winner’s Kiss starts with an Arin and ends with a Kestrel. After the The Winner’s Crime I need some serious Kestrel and Arin time.

Which kiss is you favorite literary kiss?


A Kiss is Just a Kiss – The Winner’s Kiss Blog TourThe Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3) by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: March 29th 2016
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War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?


About Marie Rutkoski

The author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.



Macmillan is also kind enough to offer the people on the blog tour the chance to send a a copy of The Winner’s Curse to someone that would love to start the series. My friend is Jen (who I was lucky enough to get to meet in person this past weekend at ALA!). Hope you enjoy the series Jen!

Curious what other literary kisses have made the cut? Follow the blog tour below and find out if your favorite is someone elses!


The Winner’s Curse REVIEW
The Winner’s Crime REVIEW

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