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Since You Asked... Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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"A drily funny account of a teenager who feels like an outsider in her high school, family, and society in general . . . Goo capably demonstrates the pressures and expectations Holly is under, and that a sense of humor is valuable for dealing with both." —Publishers Weekly
"Had me laughing the whole way through . . . Holly is a character that will stay in your mind well after you put the book down. And the letters from her secret admirer sprinkled throughout were pure genius!" —Glitter Magazine
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Man, I wished I had this book when I was a teen. By now, it would have been a cult classic for those of us growing up in K-A households.
Thankfully there are blogs which cater to readers seeking more diversity in their books and I came across this one.
A quick read, yet full of fun snark, Since You Asked proves that high school is still hell and parents are a mysterious species that we may never understand (the Fresh Prince was so right). I loved Holly Kim and her group of off-the-radar friends. I know the popular media likes to stereotype Asian and Asian-American characters as smart and socially inept (amongst other horrid tropes) but Holly has a fresh and brash voice that is so relatable for anyone who never understood why high school was/is nonsensical. At its heart this is a story about what it is to be American at the same time being from an immigrant background.
I do love the premise. When fifteen-year-old copy editor Holly Kim unintentionally submits an article that ridicules her peers, she gets her own column in which she is invited to rant freely about teen life. So far so good. I myself wrote for my school newspaper and enjoyed the power it gave me to voice my opinions. But this book is not actually about writing. Holly does not actually have any writing aspirations, nor does she grow as a writer. Instead, her columns are merely a device used to connect a somewhat fragmented story. Moreover, Holly’s initial submission is actually a parody of another writer’s overly positive outlook on the coming school year and so there’s some wit to it, whereas her subsequent submissions are just whiny and negative. While a never-ending cynical tone can be realistic, it becomes just as tiring in Since You Asked as it does in real life. You can see that the premise ultimately fell flat for me.
The wildly-popular Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot also left me with a bad taste, which means obviously what doesn’t work for me might still have high appeal for its intended audience. For example, while I might dislike the trashing of adults in teen novels, Goo’s female audience may like that Holly and her parents constantly clash.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was good because it kept me reading but it could use just a little more excitement in the begging. Read morePublished 21 months ago by sargent
That summary, while not very exciting, is actually what got me to read the book. My husband's mother is a Korean-American and that was enough to convince me that I needed this... Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Lori (Ficwishes)
Review Copy: Provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review
Holly Kim makes me smile. Read more
I 'm not much of a book reader,but I had to get this.Maurene is my sons sister-in-law.It sure brought back memories of high school.Very nice read. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Amy
There’s nothing like a book full of good ol’ high school dramas to keep you thankful that a) you’re not in high school anymore, b) you’re not American-Korean, and c) you don’t have... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by PaperFury
I love this book iis amazing and hystericle. I loved how the teacher gave Holly a colimn after what she accedently published. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Kalista
Even though my high school days were long ago this book brought back (mostly) fond memories of the times and was a treat to read. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Tony A
Holly is a fifteen-year-old Korean-American whose three best friends are a geeky boy who is Chinese-American, a beautiful, rich girl who is Persian-American, and a Euro-American... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Kate McMurry
When Holly Kim, copyeditor for her high school newspaper, accidentally submits an article full of her honest opinions about her high school, she gets her own column instead of... Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Amber Seibert