Title: Every Reason We Shouldn’t
Author: Sara Fujimura
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
“Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.
Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete… until Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling rink. Jonah’s driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying… and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia’s got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?
Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura is a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell. (Goodreads)
I’m glad that I went into this one with lower expectations thanks to a few of the reviews I had read beforehand. Even though I knew the romance wasn’t going to totally work for me, the cover kept calling my name. Light blue covers are my favorite. So, I did it anyways!
When it came to the characters, yay for multicultural! Olivia and Jonah aren’t the greatest characters when it comes to development for me but I liked the diversity they brought to the table. I also enjoyed Granny Macintosh. She was awesome! I think everyone needs a grandma like her. I also enjoyed Mac. She was a great friend/fill-in mom for Olivia.
One good thing about this novel was the friendship between characters. Even when it got tough they were there for one another and I love reading about that.
My biggest gripe would be the relationship between Olivia and Jonah. The thing is, it was pretty insta-lovey. It’s one thing that really breaks fully enjoying a book. After I got past that aspect though I liked seeing their relationship grow.
The plot is unique in that it deals with a skating rink as most of the setting and figure skaters. Haven’t read a book about that yet! There were some plot twists that I felt weren’t really needed. Other than that, I did enjoy reading through this one.
Overall, I liked it. I am curious to see where book two will go and hopefully we will see some more great development when it comes to Olivia and Jonah.