Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


Book Summary From Amazon: Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

Amazon Link: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


What can I say about Starfish?  It tore my heart into pieces then put it back together again!!!!  I absolutely adored this book!  I think a lot of people will be able to relate to it.

Kiko herself was a beautifully written character.  Her character development was amazing.  She started off as a scared girl and came out at the end strong, self-discovering woman.  I really enjoyed how Kiko focused on finding herself before diving into a relationship.  It’s not everyday I see that in contemporary YA.

There are a few potential triggers in this book, such as sexual assault and anxiety.  So if these issues are triggers for you, keep this in mind.

I definitely suggest you read Starfish!  It is such a beautiful book!  I hope you decide to read it.  Drop me a comment if you have or if you’re going to!  Until the next review!


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I loved Starfish & agree that I loved how the story focused so much on Kiko + her growth before she went into a relationship~ Great review!

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