Written by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Published by: Black and White Publishing (Ink Road)
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Why I can’t wait to read this:
- I’m always looking out for stories about children with mixed-heritage backgrounds. I think it’s important to have representation in popular media but am also interested in reading about how the two cultures interact and can provide benefits as well as having an impact on identity.
- I am particularly interested in Japanese language and culture. I am English-Japanese bilingual and have a long-standing interest in Japan, despite only living there for 9 months.
- The main character is an artist, attempting to follow her dream; this sounds like the kind of story I would like to hear more of!
- I have been hearing lots about this book from other book bloggers, many saying that it is heartbreaking yet realistic.
- Yet another beautiful cover, and an intriguing title!
Have you read this yet?
Does it sound like something you would like to read?
Does anyone have any recommendations about books featuring mixed-heritage or biracial protagonists?