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Any Day with You

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  103 reviews
A story about a creative girl who hopes that by winning a filmmaking contest, she'll convince her great-grandfather not to move back home to the Philippines.

Kaia and her family live near the beach in California, where the fun of moviemaking is all around them. Kaia loves playing with makeup and creating special effects, turning her friends into merfolk and other magical cr
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Wendy Lamb Books
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This is a book that changed my life - it will always be special to me. I read it in one sitting while taking a bath, and it gave me the strength I needed to come out to my grandparents - I literally visited them immediately after. I had been wanting to tell them I'm non-binary, but I was scared, but after reading this, I was just filled with wanting them to really know them because we've always been close. I'm very happy about this, because it went really well!!

Of course this isn't really a revi
 ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅
3.25 stars

What I Liked
-The summer-y feel
-Perfect summer to fall read
-Heartwarming great grandpa-great grandaughter relationship
-Readers will learn lots about Fillipino culture
-The ending was sweet

What I Disliked
-The characters felt two dimensional
-Unrealistic dialogue
-Writing was a bit confusing
-Not much happens in the book -- slow paced

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Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
More people need to read this! Thank you Yade for recommending this wonderful book to me 💜
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full review and an interview with Mae Respicio on my blog! Click here for the interview and review

Thank you to Random House Kids and Mae Respicio for a copy of the arc in exchange for an honest review.

My great grandfather was also a soldier during World War II, although the difference between me and Kaia was that Tatang survived, and my grandfather passed away during the death march. And reading Any Day With You just reminded me of how my grandfather would tell me stories about his father and hi
Mae Respicio
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!!!
Carolyn Klassen
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up

Hello cuteness! Any Day with You was a light-hearted middle grade novel about artistry, family, and storytelling. I loved the tender relationship between Tatang and his family and how he interacts a bit differently with each family member. Kaia is an artistic, talented kid who will inspire other kids to think outside of the box and explore fine arts. And based on other reviews I’ve seen, she’s inspiring older readers to embrace themselves and follow their dreams. What a special boo
Ms. Yingling
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by

Kaia lives in Santa Monica with her supportive family, which includes college professor mom, movie artist dad, older sister Lainey, and great-grandfather, Tatang. She is looking forward to a fun summer, even though she will miss Lainey, who is off to medical school in the fall and is spending the summer in the Philippines, where Tatang was born and raised. The plan is that Tatang, who is 90, will visit with friends and family while Lainey is there, then return with
Leonard Kim
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Similar to When You Trap a Tiger (though here the Filipino creatures stay where they belong, in stories) and Yumi Chung.

My dad e-mailed me today — he has writerly aspirations and has been putting down memories of his parents—asking “If I write a memoir, should I tell the whole truth [or]. . . make up a pleasant story? [The question] is a serious one for Koreans, because the millenium-old, Confucian, pride-driven culture dictates that only glorious parts about their ancestors and families are to
Tabassum Irin (whatirinreads)
I love how middle-grade novels never fail to fill my heart with warmth. I’m so glad I got to read Any Day With You, because inspite of being a book for young people, it deals with certain incidents that all of us can learn from.

I’ve not read a lot of books from Asian Literature, so I was really looking forward to reading this book, being from Asia myself. Any Day With You showcased a truly beautiful side of Asian culture and how family is such a huge part of our lives. I loved reading about Kaia
Tabassum Irin (whatirinreads)
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Penguin Random House international for the free book!
I love how middle-grade novels never fail to fill my heart with warmth. I'm so glad I got to read Any Day With You, because inspite of being a book for young people, it deals with certain incidents that all of us can learn from.

I've not read a lot of books from Asian Literature, so I was really looking forward to reading this book, being from Asia myself. Any Day With You showcased a truly beautiful side of Asian culture and how fa
Mae Respicio
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I love this book!!!!!
Karen McKenna
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Kaia's story. First of all, the family was just fantastic. Kaia's mom in a professor in Asian American studies at UCLA. Her dad is a special effects animator at a movie studio. Kaia's sister Lainey has just graduated from high school and is headed to college to become a doctor. Which is intimidating for Kaia, whose dream is to be a special effects makeup artist. Her entire family supports her dream and encourages her to follow her passion. Perhaps the most special family memb ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a warm, entertaining read!

In middle grade, I'm looking for mostly slice-of-life with a side dish of heartwarming feelings, and this book delivered on both of those counts. The plot centers around making a short film for a festival, which manages to feel high-stakes without losing the fun factor. You want the characters to succeed, but you aren't so invested you can't laugh along with their minor difficulties. Woven throughout is a more emotional story about Kaia's relationship with her grea
j o a n n a ☀️
I think the reason I love middle grade books so much is because they’re so hopeful. Any Day with You is about a girl named Kaia whose tatang, her great-grandfather has recently decided to move back to his native Philippines. Kaia, is devastated and tells herself that if she wins a movie competition he’ll stay in California with her.

This book was primarily about family and home and how those we love are with us even if we live halfway around the world. It was so good and I loved all of the messag
This is really a three and a half stars, but it hard to do a half star.

This is the second book by Mae Respicio that I've read, and while I love how she weaves in her filipino heritage into the story, the region that this story took place, Santa Monica/Venice Beach in Southern California did not feel as real as the first book, which took place in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since I grew up with a father who worked in the "industry" as they called the TV and Movie business back then, some of the m
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to have read this book and review it during Asian Pacific Islander month literal days before its debut! This book is about Kaia who lives with her family in Santa Monica California. When her grandfather Tatang tells Kaia he wants to return to the Philippines, she wants to do anything she can to prevent it from happening. This brought me memories of my own grandmother leaving our family to spend time with my uncle and his family. The anxiety that Kaia is feeling and the desire to ...more
Jessica Cunningham
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book by Mae Respicio is now one of my favourite MG reads. It’s all about family and the importance of sharing stories. I laughed along with the main character, and cried a little bit too. The family is Filipino/ Filipino-American, and a great way to introduce tales from this culture into your life! I’m also searching Chicago for ube cupcakes so if you know where I can find them, please tell me. 💜😋
Nov 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Any Day with You is probably my favorite #Filipino middle grade novel I've read! It has everything that represents the Philippines to me- a large multi-generational family who love each other even if they're oceans apart and, of course, delicious food to punctuate any event.

Kaia wants more than anything to stand out from her big sister's shadow and she has the creative talent of using special effects make-up to help her. She and her friends enter a movie making contest. With the sudden news that
Peggy Dynek
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kaia’s summer plans change as she learns her great-grandfather is moving back to the Philippines. I love Kaia’s creativity, faults, sensitivity. Filipino culture weaves its way in and out of the story of family love.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read arc recd at PLA: lovely story about what home means and family bonds.
Debbi Florence
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gorgeous story of family love!
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was fun, adorable and wholesome but there wasn't anything that really stood out and I don't have strong feelings for this book. ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, cried, sighed and smiled. I loved this book so much!
kate ♥
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
a very happy + fun read! 💛

so cute. i love love love tatang. so wholesome ☺️
enjoyed the #ownvoices rep of a Filipino family! i want more of these.

if it feels too middle grade, don’t give up on this one for the first few chapters, it gets better :)

such a well-rounded story! ups + downs, deep thoughts + light adventures.
amazing job, mae respicio 👏
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. ***

Any Day With You was a great middle grade book aimed for middle grade readers that revolved around Kaia and her relationship with her great-grandpa and her family. It was about figuring out who you are and insecurities middle child feel with elder sibling who is perfect and liked by everyone, unexpected change that come in life and how to deal wi
M. Wolkenstein
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Any Day with You is a truly beautiful book. I've been fascinated with Grandfather/Granddaughter relationships for a while and this book came along to stoke that further - I love the way the main characters share loving rapport - but there's wisdom coming from the protagonist's grandfather which was not cliche or predictable, but actually inspiring. He's not your usual Middle Grade novel grandfather! I also admired the way that Filipino culture is woven throughout the book - mythology, values, an ...more
Kristin Crouch
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for sharing an ARC with Collabookation.
Kaia has grown up in a three-generational home and cherished every moment with her Tatang (grandfather). He is a supporter like no other: he encourages her (and her siblings) to always be their best, stay true to themselves, and understand their place in the world. In stressful moments, he loves to slow the world down for them to help them be mindful and at peace. When they are in the mood for adventure, his stories of Philipino mons
Katie Reilley
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author and Random House Kids for sharing an early copy with #bookexpedition.

Twelve year old Kaia and her family live in California near the beach. She has a passion for creating special effects make-up and turning her best friends into magical creatures. She loves spending time with her great-grandpa, Tatang, who’s lived with her family her whole life. When Tatang shares that he’d like to move back to his homeland in the Philippines, Kaia is devastated and can’t imagine her lif
Jenny (ofproseandspells)
Thank you PRH International for the galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Close your eyes and imagine the most comforting memory you had. The emotion that you are feeling is exactly what Any Day With You is. This novel is filled with so much love. Any Day With You reminds us where, or should I rather say who, our home is.

The story is about Kaia, a young Filipino-American girl who grew up in California. She and her family lived near the beach together with some relatives
Murtaza Kuwarawala
Title - Any Day With You

Author - Mae Respicio

Genre - Middle Grade

Every once in a while, I decide to pick up a book that is generally for young readers since they tend to be quite fun to read and gives a blast of those nostalgic days. One of my main reason to pick up this book was the same since I had been reading quite a few heavy books and I needed something to get myself a bit light-headed. A story that shows us the bond between a girl and her grandfather and how she tries to get the approval
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