Starfish

Starfish

Book - 2017 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
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Kiko Himura yearns to escape the toxic relationship with her mother by getting into her dream art school, but when things do not work out as she hoped, Kiko jumps at the opportunity to tour art schools with her childhood friend, learning life-changing truths about herself and her past along the way.
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, 2017.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481487726
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm
Summary: Kiko Himura yearns to escape the toxic relationship with her mother by getting into her dream art school, but when things do not work out as she hoped, Kiko jumps at the opportunity to tour art schools with her childhood friend, learning life-changing truths about herself and her past along the way.

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AshleyF2008 Dec 30, 2017

While reading, I was left with the odd impression that Kiko had all the answers to all of her problems before the turning of the first page. The growth she experienced felt one dimensional and textbook. She reached conclusions without research, without therapy, or anything else (except a boyfriend...). It felt as though the author was trying to lead the reader to a conclusion rather than having Kiko find it. It was really quite strange.

Despite that, I didn't hate the book. The paintings Kiko described at the end of each chapter were really quite lovely and made up some of the spoon-fed characterization throughout the rest of the book. I found Kiko's rediscovery of her Japanese culture authentic and touching.

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