Goodreads Monday | Mika in Real Life

Goodreads Monday | Mika in Real Life

I am the worst at knowing what books are coming out and when and instead of trying to keep up, I’m just going to continue to show the books that are on my radar and the ones that I want to read.

Thanks to Dini @ Dini Panda Reads, I’m adding Goodreads Monday to my weekly meme schedule, and I’m excited to do this one. This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it.

Mika in Real Life

by Emiko Jean
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: August 2, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

One phone call changes everything.

At thirty-five, Mika Suzuki’s life is a mess. Her last relationship ended in flames. Her roommate-slash-best friend might be a hoarder. She’s a perpetual disappointment to her traditional Japanese parents. And, most recently, she’s been fired from her latest dead-end job.

Mika is at her lowest point when she receives a phone call from Penny—the daughter she placed for adoption sixteen years ago. Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her birth mother, and in turn, Mika longs to be someone Penny is proud of. Faced with her own inadequacies, Mika embellishes a fact about her life. What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life, one where Mika is mature, put-together, successful in love and her career.

The details of Mika’s life might be an illusion, but everything she shares with curious, headstrong Penny is real: her hopes, dreams, flaws, and Japanese heritage. The harder-won heart belongs to Thomas Calvin, Penny’s adoptive widower father. What starts as a rocky, contentious relationship slowly blossoms into a friendship and, over time, something more. But can Mika really have it all—love, her daughter, the life she’s always wanted? Or will Mika’s deceptions ultimately catch up to her? In the end, Mika must face the truth—about herself, her family, and her past—and answer the question, just who is Mika in real life?

Perfect for fans of Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age, Gayle Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years, Mika in Real Life is at once a heart-wrenching and uplifting novel that explores the weight of silence, the secrets we keep, and what it means to be a mother.

In this brilliant new novel by from Emiko Jean, the author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel Tokyo Ever After, comes a whip-smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and utterly heartwarming novel about motherhood, daughterhood, and love—how we find it, keep it, and how it always returns.

This is another author whose work I absolutely adore, and I really look forward to reading this adult novel! Even just the premise of this story sounds freaking heartbreaking and I am so scared that it’s going to break my soul one day. But I’m still really excited to read it. I borrowed it from the library on one of my shifts where I was going through the shelves and trying to see what I want to take home, and this happened to be one of them.

I couldn’t imagine not having a relationship with my mother, or even being adopted honestly, so this will be an interesting point of the story for me to read about. It doesn’t help that Mika is going through such a low point in her life and then she know has to learn how to have a relationship with this daughter that she doesn’t even really know. I know I’m going to… wow okay I know that I’m rambling and then I know I’m going to cry because of not just that part of the story but in general.

Yeah, I really was just rambling in this whole thing, I’m so sorry. I’m just tired apparently, but I’ll sound more intelligent on my blog one of these days.

I love when Piper is happy! Sorry yes I’m still on my OG Charmed kick since I’m almost done with the show. I’m on Season 8 and wow I can’t believe I don’t remember that season very much. It must have been because I wasn’t really into it when it got to that season, but I don’t really know why. It’s okay, and it’s interesting seeing Kaley Cuoco in this, which is the first time I’ve seen her actually. Well, maybe not I think there may have been something else I have seen her in before Charmed but I don’t remember.


I hope y’all are having a good Monday!

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