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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.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481487740
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 05, 2020

Kiko is a 17 year old teenager that just finished high school, and nothing is going right in her life. She is rejected from her dream art college, leaving her with nothing to pursue in the fall. She also struggles with social anxiety, so going to the supermarket along is really scary to her. The story can be relatable to a lot of teenagers and me who are struggling with confidence and identity. As Kiko conquers her fears with the help of a childhood crush, it is inspires for me to conquer my own fears. Starfish is a beautiful novel that touches on the subjects of confidence, social anxiety, and bravery.

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.

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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