Ari Reviews: I Love You So Mochi – Sarah Kuhn

I Love You So Mochi tells the story of a Japanese American girl named Kimi Nakamura who is a senior in high school. Kimi feels uncertain about her future goals and whether she wants to attend art school after high school to become a painter like her mom. Kimi feels frustrated and often clashes with her mom’s expectations for her regarding her future. Kimi receives a letter from her estranged maternal grandparents to visit them during spring break in Kyoto, Japan. Kimi accepts the offer and spends her break in Japan. Kimi gets lost in the culture in Kyoto and she tries to digest all the surroundings she encounters from the cherry blossom festivals to the outdoor markets. One day when she explores the city, she meets a young man wearing a mochi mascot outfit named Akira. Akira and Kimi begin a friendship by spending a lot of time together during her trip. Will Kimi find herself and figure out what she truly wants in life? Will Akira and Kimi fall in love? You will need to read the book to find out how Kimi’s spring break unfolds.  I highly recommend this book because it was a fun and sweet story that had a lot of themes involving family, friendship, romance, and coming of age. I could not put this book down because I wanted to find out how Kimi’s spring break will turn out at the end of the book.