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Mika in Real Life

Mika in Real Life

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Exploring motherhood, interracial adoption, identity and past wounds, it had more depth to it than I originally anticipated. The voice on the other end is new to her but familiar to her heart: Penny, the daughter she gave up for adoption 16 years ago when she was only a freshman in college. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri.

Without giving too much of the book away, let me just say that this story is filled with humor and insightful observations. There were also such honest and heart-wrenching lines from Mika as she had Penny and knew she had to give her away. Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her mother, and in turn, Mika longs for someone Penny is proud of. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. Even with the heavy topics however, the overall tone of the book was lighthearted and hopeful, with humor playing a significant role in the narrative.

All she’d wanted was to protect Penny from the truth… She had wanted to show Penny that the adoption had been worth it for both of them. I thought the author handled discussions of generational trauma, sexual assault, and adoption especially well.

What starts as a rocky, contentious relationship slowly blossoms into a friendship and, over time, something more. In her mind, the Mika that she is portraying to Penny is her version of what Penny would want her to be. Though Mika's background and passion lies in art, perhaps her biggest and most important work will ALWAYS be a work in progress, as she continues to add color and light to the most vital canvas of all: her messy, complex, and perfectly imperfect life! As a mom now myself, I connected so deeply with Jean's descriptions of Mika's love for Penny, her yearning, and her deep desire to do anything and EVERYthing for her child. It's a beautifully written exploration of relationships, mothers and daughters, adult friendship, and the complexities of adoption.I really related to this because I’ve often felt these very same things not being quite American enough and not fitting into my previous culture. I really like the time span in this book is long and it really emphasized Mika's growth until the end of the book, and it's not just her self-growth but also her growth in relationship with Penny, Hiromi, and Thomas.

They start to build a relationship over the phone and then Penny decides she wants to visit Mika in Portland.In this episode, we hear Jean in conversation with WBUR's Celeste Headlee about the book, in which a teen girl – Penny – tries to connect with her birth mother Mika. The story is ultimately inspiring without being sappy, and there is definite difficulty along the way: relationships are drawn beautifully and again, it’s those friendships that really stand out (I can’t remember if a particular friend has read this, but he’ll like it if he hasn’t! Wonderfully written and compelling, Emiko Jean perfectly captures the essence of the parent and child bond; the intensity, fear, sacrifice, constant change, grief and inadequacy you feel as a part of your heart walks around outside your body.

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