Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what shes thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesnt 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 doesnt 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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Trigger warnings include abandonment, rejection, toxic family relationships, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, racism, divorce, suicide attempt and mental health.
I live my life in the small place between “uncomfortable” and “awkward.”
I don’t know how to even begin to explain how I feel about Starfish so I’ll start with something easy. That cover!!! Sarah Creech has created one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen! This artist must be an author’s dream come true. The colours, the layout, th ...more
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Trigger/content warnings: anxiety, emotional abuse, childhood sexual abuse, suicide ableism
I have a lot of feelings about this book because I related to Kiko so much. Growing up in a very white environment as an Asian person messes with your self-esteem and self-image, and like Kiko, I definitely felt that I would never really be seen as attractive by people because I was Asian. I literally had a white friend tell me he generally wasn’t attracted to Asian people (he i ...more
I read this book in September, and wrote my review at the same time. Then I rewrote my review in February. It’s been two months since I rewrote my review, but I couldn’t bring myself to ever post it before now.
And I’m not exactly sure why?
I think it’s because this book means a. lot. to me, and writing my review was hard, because I found so much of myself in Kiko that it hurt. Because Kiko is a character who struggles for so long to find herself worthy or beautiful… and her thoughts hit too close ...more
This was brutally BRILLIANT. I have...I have feelings. So many. At least more than 2 which is intense. It was sweet and it was super super sad and had an incredible ending and just...wow, ok. Wow.
+ It has the BEST representation of social anxiety I've ever read.
It literally just read my mind and writing out my thoughts...which sounds creepy written out like that wow Cait well done. But I mean this in a good way! If you have anxiety or social anxiety...I 500% recommend this book. I mean, I heckin ...more
3.5-3.75 stars, I think. I loved the dynamics and the bones of the story but some characters were too one dimensional to be effective and there were SO MANY DASHES used haphazardly. I’m talking like 3-7 per PAGE. In some places it made sense for a dash to be used and in others, it was clear that a period, or conjunction + clause would be appropriate. Dashes cause and imply a deliberate pause to interject, and in some places, the following phrase/clause wasn’t an interjection at all and was just ...more
I'm so grateful to have read Kiko's story because it is so meaningful, beautiful, moving and inspiring, but most of all, it doesn't shy away from the ugliness and horrors of what people like Kiko face, which makes it so real.
I've experienced 20 different emotions and I'm pretty sure I need a heart transplant because Bowman has destroyed mine from all the feels.
I was angry to read about the racism and how constantly Kiko was told she could never be beautiful, normal, and accepted because of her ...more
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First of all, the representation for Anxiety in Starfish was just… very well done. I have an anxiety disorder and finding stories with main characters in that have anxiety with great representation is a massive struggle. Some of the topics within the novel (sexual abu ...more