On Sale: September 11, 2018
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A half-Japanese teen grapples with social anxiety and her
narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from
art school in this “stunningly beautiful, highly nuanced
debut” (Booklist, starred review).
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.
From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous,
heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that
emerges when we embrace our true selves.
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