ARC Review: Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura | Romantic Tension, Korean Pastries & Ice-Skating

It’s mid-February and I’m just getting around to writing my first review of the year. I know, I know, my book blogger card should be revoked but in my defence, this is only the second book I’ve managed to finish without completely losing hope for the YA genre.

Every Reason We Shouldn’t is about 15 year old Japanese-American Olivia who is a figure skater but doesn’t skate anymore. She’s trying to be a typical teenager, going to normal school, going to parties but her heart is always on the ice. We meet Jonah who trains at the ice rink that her parents own, whose dreams of being an Olympian are still shining bright.

Every Reason We ShouldntThis YA Contemporary is so refreshing. I loved how not-jaded and simple the storyline was. The story was interesting without being too busy. I loved that it focused on Olivia’s dreams and non-romantic relationships with new friends and her parents. Although some of the backstories felt a little undone. It would have been nice for the background characters to be a bit more fleshed out and “characteristic,” as well as their backgrounds.

Although this is a racially diverse book with a Japanese-American mc and a Korean-American love interest it’s not own voices. I like that the author wrote this so that their children can read about characters like themselves.

This is a book about chasing your dreams even when the world doesn’t believe in you. Olivia’s parents don’t believe she can rise from the ashes. Her boyfriend Jonah doubts her capabilities, her skating partner blames her for their loss. It’s a book about firsts and family and going after your dreams regardless.

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Publication Date: March 2020


What’s your favourite sport romance book? Let me know in the comments!

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