Starfish

Starfish

Book - 2017
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Kiko Himura yearns to escape the toxic relationship with her mother by getting into her dream art school, but when things do not work out as she hoped Kiko jumps at the opportunity to tour art schools with her childhood friend, learning life-changing truths about herself and her past along the way.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781481487726 (hardback)
Call Number: TEEN FICTION BOWMAN

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Kiko's plans to escape small town life by attending art school are crushed when she receives her rejection letter.

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JeffcoTeens Mar 06, 2018

Kiko is half Japanese and feels she doesn't fit in. When she reconnects with a childhood friend, she jumps at the chance to tour art schools in hopes of escaping her small town.

Kiko Himura yearns to escape the toxic relationship with her mother by getting into her dream art school, but when things do not work out as she hoped Kiko jumps at the opportunity to tour art schools with her childhood friend, learning life-changing truths about herself and her past along the way.


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LPL_MaryW Jul 20, 2019

Kiko is a half-Japanese artist who struggles to connect with her heritage and find her identity. Suffering from social anxiety and battling an emotionally abusive mother at home, Kiko can't wait to be accepted into her dream art school, Prism, and leave her small town for good. But then she doesn't get in, and to complicate things further, her childhood best friend (whom she's also secretly in love with) is back in town. A road trip to California and an impromptu apprenticeship with a real live professional artist may be just what Kiko needs to find healing from within. I loved this book — the author’s depiction of social anxiety was spot on.

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Jul 05, 2019

I really enjoyed Starfish because it shows how strong you can be in a horrible situation. This book would be great for teen girls and anyone interested in women’s empowerment. I think Starfish has an important message, and that you cannot stay around people who are hurting you or your family wether physically or you emotionally. @IVYBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Cynthia_N Jul 10, 2018

What an awful, narcissistic mother Kiko has! Overall it was a great book and I really enjoyed the descriptions of what she was inspired to create after each chapter!

AshleyF2008 Dec 30, 2017

While reading, I was left with the odd impression that Kiko had all the answers to all of her problems before the turning of the first page. The growth she experienced felt one dimensional and textbook. She reached conclusions without research, without therapy, or anything else (except a boyfriend...). It felt as though the author was trying to lead the reader to a conclusion rather than having Kiko find it. It was really quite strange.

Despite that, I didn't hate the book. The paintings Kiko described at the end of each chapter were really quite lovely and made up some of the spoon-fed characterization throughout the rest of the book. I found Kiko's rediscovery of her Japanese culture authentic and touching.

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