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The Way You Make Me Feel

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  6,651 ratings  ·  1,585 reviews
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
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
First of all, how gorgeous is this cover? Second, this was genuinely one of the most heartwarming novels I have read in a very long time, and I hope that every YA contemporary fan will pick it up and give it a shot!

I hated when my dad gendered the stupid truck. To retaliate, I called my boobs Brock and Chad, which my dad hated with equal fervor.

First of all, Clara is absolutely hilarious. She’s so awkward, and cynical, and weird, and her sense of humor is so similar to the way mine was at t
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ 15%

Do you like nasty, selfish, intolerant, mean-spirited, self-absorbed piece of shit heroines who don't care about anyone but themselves and take a savage glee in making everyone around them miserable? Then read THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL by Maurene Goo. Otherwise, throw this book in a fire.

It's been ages since I was repulsed by a book so much. The premise sounded amazing. I love food trucks. I love diverse YA. I like mischievous,
*takes deep breath* I LIKED THIS SO MUCH.




ICYMI: I liked this so much.

I did not expect to, really, but I did.

Lucky me!

This wasn’t a profound or life-changing read, but it was fluffy and sweet and fun and I promptly
Dec 15, 2020 marked it as imma-just-nope-the-fuck-out-of-here
Shelves: contemporary
no. absolutely not.

thank you to norah for bringing this up:
Suddenly, Rose was all up in my space. “Did you cook pork in this pan beforehand?”
“Clara! You can’t do that! Some vegetarians are really picky about that! And pork is actually forbidden by some religions and cultures.”
I watched the eggplant sizzle in the oil, bubbles popping. “What they don’t know won’t hurt them. They’ll just have to wonder why their food is suddenly more delicious. Hint: pork.”
Rose gasped. “Clara, I’m serious!
Dec 15, 2020 marked it as stay-away-from-this-author
I don't usually put authors on the "stay away from them" list UNLESS there is a pretty good reason
And I was excited to read books by this author BUT then one review mentioned this scene from the book:

Suddenly, Rose was all up in my space. “Did you cook pork in this pan beforehand?”
“Clara! You can’t do that! Some vegetarians are really picky about that! And pork is actually forbidden by some religions and cultures.”
I watched the eggplant sizzle in the oil, bubbles popping. “What they don’t
Norah Una Sumner
tw// absolutely disgusting and ignorant misuse of pork

Adding the mentioned scene in spoilers.

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Yusra  ✨
Jun 17, 2018 marked it as no-thanks
you can be as diverse as you like but if you’re going to be ignorant towards a religion mmm no


(after finishing): this book is a love letter to LA and so much more I'M SO EMO. i literally cried while reading it; it was so unexpectedly emotional and beautiful. definitely one of my favorites of the year/ever. BRB CRYING.

Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
3 1/2

This was just a light, adorable read! I loved the food truck aspect as well!!
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Okay, I have a confession to make: The main reason why I couldn't enjoy this book was because the humor was totally lost on me. I know so many other people found this book to be really funny, and it kind of makes me sad that I didn't. At all.Maybe this means I'm mature? MUAHAHA who am I kidding!?

The heroine annoyed the heck out of me. I honestly can't believe Clara's just around my age. She made me feel really old and all grown up which I'm not at all. She was spoiled, br
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
(bangs fists on glass) THIS COULD’VE EASILY BEEN GAY! the whole enemies-to-friends-to-lovers trope bw rose and clara was RIGHT there, miss maureen goo. but no, you just had to add in that unnecessary straight romance. the chemistry between rose and clara was, like, off the charts. fuck that hamlet guy.

i WILL be speaking to my lawyer about this 😤
Jan 07, 2020 marked it as never-ever

I read one of the author's books and decided to check out her other works. This one actually sounded good, until I saw Norah's review.

This book revolves around a food truck and here's a scene -

Suddenly, Rose was all up in my space. “Did you cook pork in this pan beforehand?”
“Clara! You can’t do that! Some vegetarians are really picky about that! And pork is actually forbidden by some religions and cultures.”
I watched the eggplant sizzle in the oil, bubbles popping. “What
monica kim
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-loved
this is such a perfect summer read! i adored the characters and the story. clara, our main character, is refreshing in her brashness and confidence. one thing that i love about this book is that it shows a totally different type of asian american family that’s more relaxed as opposed to worrying about achievements. in fact, that’s really not part of the story at all! i loved clara’s dad too! i loved that he was supportive and kind and never fell into that icky toxic dad trope of protecting his d ...more
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was so cute! I didn't love it as much as I Believe In A Thing Called Love, but it was still a fun contemporary. It'd be a perfect summer read. Despite my tendency to rebelliously love the YA absent parent trope, I really loved Clara's dad. Maurene Goo has a way of writing dad characters that I would literally die for. Clara's mom didn't receive the reprimanding that I wished she'd get in the story, but I think I was just projecting what I would've done. I loved that the book focused on the ...more
I got sucked in by that cover and the synopsis and couldn’t wait to get to it.

I liked Clara. She’s quite an interesting character. She’s snarky and maybe a little rude, but there’s a lot of potential. I really enjoyed reading her grow from a bratty teenager to someone who knows themselves a bit better and is ready to make changes. Rose and Hamlet were the perfect complements for Clara and the scenes with the three of them together were fun. Hands down, Clara’s dad Adrian was the best.

Plot wise
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
This book could so easily have been dreadful because the MC Clara Shin just acted like the most up-her-own-butt tosser ever for lots of the novel... And believe me I wanted to slap her for being such a diva.

But something kept me reading.

And that something was character growth. Okay, we aren't talking about the best character arc you'll ever read but there was something so easy about this book. I got incredibly invested in the developing friendship between Clara and Rose. I think that was the h
Faith Simon
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a way that one expects, this is a cute, summer read featuring a cute romance and a feathery light plotline and execution to read through all in one sitting. However, this book delivered way more than I expected from the way this book is marketed. It's got the cute premise that resembles the TATBILB series, and the Korean background and diversity, which is of course always nice to see. It's great to see cute and happy books like these with POC main characters and background characters be so we ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc
I loved every INCH of this book. It's sweet and funny and full of pranks and pure joy. Clara has such a clear, distinct voice; there's no other character is YA lit like her right now, and I absolutely couldn't get enough.

This book has real depth too - why we hold things at arms length and why caring about this is so hard.

PICK UP THIS BOOK. You won't regret.
Very highly recommended.
There are no white people in this story, first and foremost.

Second: this is a really fun and funny read about friendships, about leaning into your real emotions, into family and love, and into finding your first true love (even if you're not able to say you love them). Totally a feel-good read, and I loved how much Clara learned over the course of one summer. She lives with her dad who is young, yearns to see her young "influencer" mother, and then discovers how much of a badass her dad has been
Dec 15, 2020 marked it as will-never-read
Friendly reminder that trying to dictate the validity of someone's religious/dietary/allergy restrictions or disregarding it makes you a terrible person. There are reasons behind this and isn't a topic that should be taken lightly.

I believe that this is the original review that brought the issue in this book up, so please go read it for more context:
In this huge city, there were three people in this truck who mattered a lot to me. I’d protect that little part of the universe for as long as possible.

This book was so adorable? Think of the sweetest ice cream you’ve ever tasted and had some chocolate on top of it, that’s how sweet. It just made me feel really happy and hopeful, I don’t know why, but reading about Clara made smile so much and I loved every second of it.

This story is about nearly 17-year-old Korean-American Clara, self-proclaime
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow. I mean… wow. I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it was definitely not this.

Kate Olson
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL is friendship, first love, father-daughter relationships and FOOD all wrapped up in a fast-paced and smart (and sometimes sassy) multicultural story in LA. I loved everything about this one and highly recommend it to fans of romantic comedies! And don't miss Goo's last book ~ I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE ~ I adored that one as well! ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh wow. Where to even begin? This book was a trainwreck from start to finish. I’ve had this author on my to-read list for a while (mainly because of the gorgeous covers of her books) but I think it’s safe to say this reading experience has put me off reading any more from her.

The Way You Make Me Feel follows Clara Shin, a teen prankster. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck with a classmate she hates.

The majority of the problems I have with
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Way You Make Me Feel is one of the best YA contemporary romances I've ever read. It had everything I want from this genre: memorable characters, developed romantic and non-romantic relationships, diversity, a fresh premise and atmosphere.
It's been a while since I've read a book that made me smile so much, and it was exactly what I needed. It's a light read - I finished it in less than two days - and a well-written one.

What makes this book stand out are the characters. Clara Shin is a rebelli
Oh, that was delightful. (And amen to everyone who gave the heads-up that it has the hottest YA dad ever.) I'm so happy Goo's on the rom com-a-year track and I hope she never stops. This was fun and hilarious and sweet and no, I didn't always like Clara (A+ to Rose for the verbal lashing about cooking vegetarian stuff in a pan that had pork), but I did root for her and I definitely rooted for Rose, Hamlet, and, of course, Pai <3 God, that just made me so happy. What a feel-good read <3 ...more
enqi ☁️✨
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely give books 5 stars anymore but this was just SO GOOD!!!!! RTC
What an adorable sweet book this was so cute and fluffy contemporary this was this is exactly what I need it right now
Laura (bbliophile)
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
The Way You Make Me Feel is an incredibly good and adorable read, full of yummy food descriptions, and it should definitely be on your summer TBR.

I didn’t have very high expectations going into this book, since I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Goo’s previous book, was a 3-star read for me. This book sounded a bit more exciting (I love it when books have food-related elements) but I definitely didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I was sucked into the book from the start, and finished it i
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018

This was GREAT! I loved it! I'm so happy I ended up preordering it and reading it ASAP (even if it took me a bit to get through with how busy I was).

The biggest thing I enjoyed was how completely different from her first book this was and how unique it was. I feel like many YA contemporary authors write just the same story over and over and recycle characters - but all of these characters were fresh and new and different!

I also REALLY enjoyed the conversation that was in this book about
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Maurene Goo grew is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE and THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat, Maeby.

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