July 2, 2013

Since You Asked Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Since You Asked...
Author: Maurene Goo
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic


A humorous, debut novel about a Korean-American teenager who accidentally lands her own column in her high school newspaper, and proceeds to rant her way through the school year while struggling to reconcile the traditional Korean values of her parents with contemporary American culture.  

Since You Asked is a upbeat and fun young adult contemporary novel that follows the exploits of leading lady Holly Kim, a Korean-American sophomore in high school who makes waves during the first week of school when she accidentally submits a snarky article for the school's newspaper. Throughout the book, Holly and her group of friends experience typical teenage problems - including secret admirers, the stuck up popular crowd, and the issues that come from being a second generation American with immigrant parents.

This was a truly funny debut novel that also deals with some important issues that most teenagers face. Holly is a great main character. She's funny, smart, witty, and a devoted friend and daughter. She and her friends have to deal with the usual teen problems - teachers, school, homework, snotty girls and jerky jocks; but they also have to deal with their immigrant parents' traditional values. Holly's parents are Korean and although she considers herself an American, her parents try to force traditional Korean traditions and values on her. Holly and her friends find themselves in funny and strange predicaments. Holly accidentally gets her own column in the school's newspaper and the reader gets to read her monthly thoughts along with some "Letters to the Editor" from fellow schoolmates. The plot was really lighthearted with some really funny dialogue and situations that had me literally snickering out loud while reading. The writing shows the author's incredible talent and I found it really surprising that this is her debut novel. The book had a fast pace and conversational tone, which made it a really quick read. This is the perfect summer read for fans of YA fiction and an author that you will definitely want to get on your radar!
Maurene Goo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she navigated her childhood by practicing extreme bossy Lord-dom over her many cousins. She studied communication at the University of California, San Diego, and received a master's degree in publishing and writing at Emerson College. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a very old cat. You can visit her online at www.maurenegoo.com


1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy+Swag of Since You Asked… by Maurene Goo.
(Signed Postcard, Pair of Pink Sunglasses and Friendship Bracelet)
2 Winners will receive a Signed Postcard of Since You Asked… by Maurene Goo.

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