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Mika in Real Life

Mika in Real Life

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Although Mika is the protagonist, and she clearly harbors a lot of pain about giving Penny up for adoption, Jean is careful to chronicle both her journey and that of Penny’s adoptive parents, showing the highs and lows, joys and pains of each side, never favoring one over the other or suggesting that one side is better than the other.

Author Emiko Jean, who penned the best-selling YA novels Tokyo Ever After and Tokyo Dreaming , examines the sometimes fraught reality of mother-daughter relationships and how a delightful, lovable character learns to stop running away from the truth about herself.What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life, one where Mika is mature, put-together, and successful in love and her career. Mika was no different and while she truly was the conductor of the hot mess express, she was beautiful and doing her best to grow up!

But, slightly too fast as it was, it still got across the changes and emotions that I think Jean intended to, and I was entertained the whole time. Whereas she was once aiming for a friendship-like relationship with Penny, Mika now must assume the role of a mother who is doing her best, which, as Thomas teaches her, is really what all parents do in the end. Jean's persuasive characters excel in vivacious banter and vulnerable reveals, populating a rewarding narrative about crucial learning and absolute loving. Mika was of course a great draw - I love how she slowly allows us into her life and close to her heart. The forthcoming book from 'We Are Not Like Them' authors Jo Piazza and Christine Pride asks the question: Who gets to make the choice to be a mom?Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her birth mother, and in turn, Mika longs to be someone Penny is proud of. I’m usually not tremendously keen on romances (which I erroneously thought that’s what this book would be), but the more I got into the story, the more I realized that’s not what the book is about at all. Moving, witty and layered, this delightful book is one that will linger long after turning the final page. I loved other books I've read by Emiko Jean and was excited when I was approved for Mika in Real Life.

Mika has to come to the acceptance that people are who they are, they can't always be who you want or need them to be. Though Mika's background and passion lies in art, perhaps her biggest and most important work will ALWAYS be a work in progress, as she continues to add color and light to the most vital canvas of all: her messy, complex, and perfectly imperfect life!And I think that’s kind of natural for a parent to think about their child’s trajectory, if it will mirror their own or diverge. A little bit of a slow burn at the beginning, it gained speed throughout and the anticipation of how each situation would resolve kept me flipping pages quickly.

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