Book review: Starfish, by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Bowman, Akemi Dawn. Starfish. Simon Pulse, 2017. $18.99. ISBN: 978-1481487726. 352p.  Gr. 9-12. P8 Q8

You can really feel the character’s pain in this book, as she (Kiko) is dealing with severe anxiety, abuse, and depression. She also doesn’t really understand her father’s Japanese heritage, and her white mom demeans her and is incredibly self-centered.  The whole story is told through Kiko’s eyes, so the reader really experiences her emotions first-hand.  Also, the art pieces Kiko creates and describes help tell the story, which makes it almost poetic.  I love how Kiko becomes stronger and independent, even when she falls in love. It’s a great story about culture and understanding how our past doesn’t have to control our future.

May 2018 review by NHS student.


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