I Love You So Mochi

Sarah Kuhn

fiction contemporary romance young adult
adventurous emotional lighthearted medium-paced

308 pages | first published 2019

Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She's obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she's been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi's estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto's outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival--and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.

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lighthearted 88%
hopeful 58%
emotional 50%
funny 38%
inspiring 35%
adventurous 26%
reflective 14%
relaxing 8%
informative 2%


medium 59%
fast 34%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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