Friday, February 28, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Every Reason We Shouldn't By Sara Fujimura

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Every Reason We Shouldn't By Sara Fujumura
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: March 3rd, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.

Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She's bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete... until Jonah Choi starts training at her family's struggling rink. Jonah's driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying… and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia's got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?

Every Reason We Shouldn't by Sara Fujimura is a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell.

You know I like books about hockey, but I also have a slight interested in ice skating, so this one appealed to me right from the summary. I haven't read a YA book in a little bit, but I thought it did the teenager stuff pretty well. Another blogger asked me what I was thinking about this and they couldn't stand the slang in it. I hadn't really noticed it before they asked me that, but it did seem to use "extra" a little too much. I don't think that was a deal breaker for me.

There is a part of the book where something happens at school that I felt was used as a plot device to move the love story along. I wasn't really a fan of that. Also, don't care if this is a spoiler, but TW/CW for people who have dealt with a school intruder before. I know it happens so much more now, but it felt like so odd to be added in this book.

I think part of why I didn't rate this one higher is towards the end it felt like it couldn't decided what conflict to work on. Olivia's mom not thinking she was good enough to skate or them losing the ice rink. It seemed to hang onto both of them towards the end and I felt like it was wrapped up a little too nicely.

I thought this was a pretty decent book. I had a few minor issues with it, but in general, I still enjoyed it.

*I received a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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