Starfish

Starfish 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.

Title:Starfish
Edition Language:English

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  • Lola

    This book hit home for me. It hit home hard. I’m not sure when it happened exactly, but at some point I wasn’t reading about Kiko Himura anymore. I was reading about myself. I know what it’s lik...

  • C.G. Drews

    This was brutally BRILLIANT. I have...I have feelings. So many. At least more than 2 which is intense. It was sweet and it was super super sad and had an incredible ending and just...wow, ok. Wow.+ It...

  • may ?

    I read this book in September, and wrote my review at the same time. Then I rewrote my review in February. It’s been two months since I rewrote my review, but I couldn’t bring myself to ever post ...

  • Akemi Bowman

    Hi, author here. People often ask me why I chose to write this book, and usually I tell them it's because this is the story I needed most as a teen. That's the short answer. Here's the long one:Starfi...

  • destiny ? howling libraries

    But some people are just starfish - they need everyone to fill the roles that they assign.Kiko's story is so tough to read at points - not only due to her childhood trauma, but also due to her struggl...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    I have approximately 400000000000 feelings about this, but unfortunately the vast majority are negative.Okay, let’s start with some positives. First of all, Kiko’s struggle with self hatred feels ...

  • Warda

    Trigger warnings for emotional and sexual abuse, incredibly toxic relationship, suicidide attempt.This is definitely a story that will stay with me. I remember reading the blurb and immediately wantin...

  • Sana

    I'm so grateful to have read Kiko's story because it is so meaningful, beautiful, moving and inspiring, but most of all, it doesn't shy away from the ugliness and horrors of what people like Kiko face...

  • ilsa ?

    update: 03/07/2018: slowly edging my rating down to 4 stars for personal reasons; please don't ask. i still love this book and my original review still stands true. I've been thinking of doing this fo...

  • may ?

    Let’s all just pretend I came up with some good, clean, coherent introduction that summarizes my thoughts on this book bc we all know that im not capable of doing that So instead we list Anxiety - T...