Starfish

Starfish 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

  • Title: Starfish
  • Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • ISBN: 9781481487726
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 unKiko 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.

    One thought on “Starfish”

    1. This was brutally BRILLIANT. I haveI 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 justwow, ok. Wow.+ It has the BEST representation of social anxiety I've ever read.It literally just read my mind and writing out my thoughtswhich sounds creepy written out like that wow Cait well done. But I mean this in a good way! If you have anxiety or social anxietyI 500% recommend this book. I mean, I heckin' recommend [...]

    2. But some people are just starfish - they need everyone to fill the roles that they assign.Kiko's story is so tough to read at points - not only due to her childhood trauma, but also due to her struggles as a biracial young woman in a rural town. Her father is Japanese and her mother is white, and her mother has spent Kiko's entire life shaming her half-Asian appearance, name, and culture. She once told me she wished she had given me and my brothers more "traditional" names because she was "kind [...]

    3. So as the mistake that I am, I completely thought this would be a five-star read. Which makes this officially my Biggest Disappointment of 2017. And yeah, astronomically high expectations always lead to tragedy, but I think I would’ve disliked this book no matter what. Because guys, I’m going to be honest - I didn't not like this, I actively disliked this. Starfish touches on a huge amount of tropes I really despise while trying to focus on an issue I unfortunately know ALL THE THINGS about. [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. Hi, author here. People often ask me why I chose to write this book, and usually I tell them it's because this is the story I needed most as a teen. That's the short answer. Here's the long one:Starfish is a book about family, and identity, and finding hope in a world that often makes it difficult. But it’s also a story about how necessary the truth can be.I know what it feels like to be afraid to tell your story, and what it feels like to keep your fears bottled up in your heart. I know how l [...]

    6. Okay, so I absolutely LOVED this book. I love it so much it hurts. I want to scream because my emotions are all over the place and why are authors allowed to do this to people. So this review is going to be messy, but I’ll attempt to make it organized.First of all, ASIAN MAIN CHARACTER ASIAN MAIN CHARACTER I REPEAT: Asian main character. THANK YOU to Akemi Dawn Bowman because we 100% need more (correct!!) Asian rep in YA and she absolutely NAILED IT. And I can say this as an Asian myself—the [...]

    7. WOW, just wow this book really surprised me with how good it is, seriously if you haven’t read this yet pick it up and read it now because you won’t be disappointed. It was so incredibly beautiful that I’m just sat here a little stumped trying to figure out what I want to write? Theres a chance that this review won’t be the most coherent and will just be me praising it left right and centre for whatever reason so happy reading :)Okay, let’s start with the main character who is Kiko who [...]

    8. Hi. I read this book and I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START???Starfish was so I incredibly beautiful. It's just that book WHERE YOU CAN'T EVEN. Words do not suffice at this point. What's the point of writing a review WHEN YOU CAN JUST READ THIS BOOK? I will try and fail, to review this book (but omg it's so much more than that). I have so much to say about this book BUT HOW DO I WRITE AGAIN?Let's start with our Main Character, Kiko, WHO IS HALF-ASIAN (half white). Can we just appreciate that for a [...]

    9. Let’s all just pretend I came up with some good, clean, coherent introduction that summarizes my thoughts on this book bc we all know that im not capable of doing that So instead we listAnxiety- This was amazing- This was fantastic- This was so real I was just screaming for hours on end- Idk how but the author uses words SOOOOOOOOO well to describe how suffocating and irrational but totally REAL anxiety can be and how IT LITERALLY CAN HAPPEN FOR NO REASON and that just like :| makes everything [...]

    10. Really beautiful and heartbreaking story. I thought the anxiety rep was really great. Be warned - this story is brutal and hard to read at times. There’s a lot of heavy subject matter (most prominently child abuse and sexual abuse). But if you’re okay with reading about those topics, I definitely think this book is worth picking up. It also really opened my eyes to racial issues I hadn’t thought about in depth (in regards to Kiko’s struggles with being biracial in a small town, and with [...]

    11. "But some people are just starfish. They need everyone to fill the roles they assignFULL REVIEW NOW POSTEDthis is genuinely one of the most woefully underrated books I've ever read. I literally feel stressed about how few reviews this book has, because it's beyond incredible Akemi Dawn Bowman writes a story thats authentic, simultaneously hopeful and harrowing. Starfish follows Kiko Hiruma, a Japanese/American biracial teen who dreams of going to Prism art school, but struggles to show her emoti [...]

    12. My video and blog review of this book are now both up! Video: youtu/1Qv4cskY6osBlog: faeriedrugs.wordpress/201I have no words to currently summarize my feelings for this book. I plan on filming on video review and I might also write a review for my blog. It might take me a whileBut let it be known that this is a new favorite of mine.

    13. A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewTWs: racism, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, parental abuse, suicide attempt.I really need to stop expecting less out of contemporary novels because they always end up destroying my soul every single time.Starfish narrates the story of an artist named Kiko who gets the chance to reconnect with her childhood best friend after years of not seeing or contacting him. I thought we would be limited lo their romance b [...]

    14. actual rating: 4.5 starshOLY CRAPS WAS THIS MAGNIFICENT. it had such a powerful message and was so well written and even though it's a book and not art, you can visualise the art SO SO well. kiko is so complex and beautiful and she is so strong. there were times where my heart hurt reading this book and i wanted to reach through and just give her a hug. this tackled so many different issues such as sexual abuse, racism, toxic parental relationships, biraciality JUST SO MUCH I AM IN AWE. i cannot [...]

    15. originally posted on my blogTrigger/content warnings: anxiety, emotional abuse, childhood sexual abuse, suicide ableismI 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 [...]

    16. Editing this again because turns out, I completely missed the point of the thread going around of the hurt that this book causes. Basically, the main character almost diagnoses her mom with a mental illness ("split-personality, narcissistic and psychopatic" are words that are used) and she can't expect anything else from her mother (meaning, the abuse) because that's just the way she is. Which is a very harmful thing. I completely missed this while reading the book, and I'm very sorry about that [...]

    17. Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh.This book is so freaking good - I couldn't put it down! I was supposed to study for tests + a dictation during the weekend, buuuuuut I procrastinated. I kept reading this. When my mom gave me suspicious looks, I pretended to go to the bathroom and continued reading. (Mom, if you're reading this, I'm sorry :P) AND WHEN I FINISHED READING THE BOOK, I WANTED TO KICK A TREE. BECAUSE I WANT MORE. I NEED MORE. AND THERE ISN'T MORE.(Dear Akemi Dawn Bowman, please please [...]

    18. Could I give it /SIX/ stars? I still really want to read a finished galley of this. Only had the manuscript. But WOW.

    19. I didn't know it was possible for a book to hurt THIS MUCH. My heart broke over and over for Kiko. Her story is so real, and I had to keep reminding myself I was reading a work of fiction. I also related to Kiko in a lot of ways, which is always comforting to find in a book. I highly recommend this to everyone!

    20. 4.5 starsYou can find this review at Happy Indulgence!Thank you Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for the review copy.This book was heart-aching at times, extremely down-to-earth, and wholeheartedly triumphant as readers stay with Kiko every moment of her growth and transformation in the end of high school and beyond. Ever since reading the synopsis of this book, I was extremely excited (and definitely not disappointed!). Starfish captures the voice of a half-Japanese, half-white teen with such [...]

    21. Wow. This book! I'm feeling too much feelings at the same time. This book is soooo sad, but so hopeful at the same time, it's riveting. You never how much a toxic person can affect you until you choose to take your destiny in your own hands

    22. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman has a cover that makes you want to go out and buy it immediately, but please just wait a few minutes because after this review you'll want to read it even more :)This is a story about friendship, about family, about love and about choosing for yourself. It's a wonderful book and basically incorporated everything I look for in a book. I love books about friends and families. I love books that are set in the last year of high school, before life really starts and you [...]

    23. - - - - - Edit- - - - - So the author has announced that they have made changes and in the ebook and further printings of Starfish they remove the words like psychopath and split-personality when Kiko speaks about her abuser. Here is the tweet twitter/akemidawn/status/ As I don’t have the ebook or the new print, I don’t know what exact parts or words are removed, but I’m really happy that the author heard what people had to say and removed (at least some of the) harmful content.- - - - - - [...]

    24. This is the second book I’ve read this week focusing on abuse, the other being Always Forever Maybe, though this one focuses on emotional abuse by a parents rather than an abusive romantic relationship.Unfortunately, I didn’t like either of these books.Starfish follows Kiko, a teenage girl who is biracial (white and Japanese), as she struggles with having an emotionally abuse mother. The story follows Kiko as she becomes involved in a romantic relationship and attempts to pursue her passion [...]

    25. More like 4.5 stars. When I first requested Akemi Dawn Bowman’s novel, Starfish, I didn’t really know much about it other than the fact that it had one of the most gorgeous book covers I’ve ever seen. I was completely unprepared for the emotional punch this book would pack. Covering a wide spectrum of heavy subjects such as sexual and emotional abuse as well as suicide, Starfish is not an easy read by any means, but ultimately it is a powerful story about discovering who you really are and [...]

    26. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.Guys, this book is everything. I’m not even going to bother giving a proper introduction to why I chose to request this book, what my initial thoughts were, blah blah blah.This book is the most gorgeous thing to ever exist.Yes, I’m being dramaticNo, I’m not overreactingDon’t question me on this, just trust me, alright?Akemi Dawn Bowman, you’ve just got y [...]

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