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The Way You Make Me Feel

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 Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? With her signature warmth and humor, Maurene Goo delivers a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.


  • NPR's Best Books of 2018

  • New York Public Library's Best Books of 2018

  • Boston Globe's Best Books of 2018

  • Winner of the John and Patricia Beatty Award 

  • California Book Award nominee

  • YALSA Quick Picks nominee

  • 2019 TAYSHAS list

  • Publisher's Lunch Buzz Book 2018

  • A Junior Library Guild selection

“With massive amounts of humor, heart, and soul, this love letter to L.A. and its diversity is a celebration of friends, family, and food trucks.”

—Jeanne Fredriksen, Booklist, starred review

“Sweet, sexy, hilarious, and featuring a spectacular father-daughter relationship, this book will fly off the shelves.”

— Beth McIntyre, School Library Journal, starred review

“In my opinion, it’s about as close to perfection as a YA rom-com can get. And no matter how you’re spending your summer, you’re going to want to take this book along with you.”

— Kerri Jarema, BUSTLE

The Way You Make Me Feel sparkles with Maurene Goo’s trademark wit and warmth. She has such a way of interweaving blossoms… with sharp edges… Goo’s writerly technique makes me feel, dare I say, gooey inside.”

— Katie Ward Beim-Esche, The Christian Science Monitor

The Way You Make Me Feel is a love letter to new friends, great food, and the beautiful and complicated bonds of family. Maurene Goo is a master at writing stories that are both timely and timeless, and that celebrate all of the ways love can be found…and why it’s worth keeping.”
—Robin Benway, National Book Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of Far From the Tree

The Way You Make Me Feel is a poignant exploration of what it means to examine your flaws, let down your guard, and allow yourself to be loved. Sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, Maurene Goo has created a story brimming with heart.”

—Brandy Colbert, Stonewall Book Award winner and author of Finding Yvonne and Little & Lion

“Clever, charming and unputdownable, THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL is an absolute gem. Maurene Goo has written a book so full of heart, humor and warmth, you’ll love every single word of it, just like I did.”

—Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

The Way You Make Me Feel made me laugh, swoon, and even shed a tear or two. No question, this is one of my favorite YA novels in years.”
—Kody Keplinger, New York Times 

bestselling author of The DUFF and Lying Out Loud

“A spirited teenager learns about the meaning of love, friendship, and family. . . Snappy dialogue and an endearing cast of characters bring to life this richly-drawn portrait of multicultural LA.”


“This fun, summery contemporary is perfect for anyone who wants to see messy, imperfect girls in fiction. Clara is a troublemaker in layers of indifference and irony who must learn that it’s okay to have feelings. This book is a wonderful example of the importance of both romantic and non-romantic relationships and what it’s like to grow apart from friends. Maurene Goo navigates the second gen immigrant experience skillfully and with grace.”

—Shauna Sinyard, Park Road Books

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