Monday, January 16, 2023

From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn - OPTIONAL

From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn
, 421 pages. Viking (Penguin), 2021. $19

Language: R (84 swears, 13 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (off-page sex); Violence: G 



Rika really (she does!) tries to control her temper – but her cousins are always trying to be so helpful. She doesn’t want to be a princess-type like they are; she embraces her marital art skills instead. Not even for the most important festival in Little Tokyo will she dress like a princess. Since Rika’s Japanese mother died in childbirth and her white father took off for parts unknown, Rika has always tried to be a good sister, but her temper just won’t let her. Then, on the day of the big Nikkei Week parade, Rika discovers that her mother might actually be alive! She’s determined to follow the clues with the help of Hank Chen – a movie star who has come to Rika for help with his martial arts skills for an upcoming movie roll. Together they take off to explore more of LA searching for Rika’s mom and maybe even kindling some sparks. 

All the hallmarks of a cute romance book, but a lot of swearing thrown in – not my favorite way to go about it. While I appreciate Rika’s fire and her search for belonging, I have other Asian-based romance novels that I can offer with more confidence. Main characters are all Japanese or biracial. 

Cindy Mitchell, Library Teacher, MLS 

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