This is a book that is uplifting, funny, charming, hopeful, and HELPFUL to tweens! The main character, Yumi, wants to do stand-up comedy. Her parents want her to go to SSAT tutoring to get into a private school and earn a scholarship. But when a bizarre opportunity that just requires some identity theft and a little dishonesty opens up, Yumi gets to follow her dream and attend comedy camp. Her new friends there are delightful, and I cheered to realize that although Yumi had been feeling so isolated and stressed, she finds herself a group of wonderful people who care and like her for who she really is. Except: They think she’s a Japanese-American student named Kay, not a Korean-American student named Yumi.
Will Yumi be able to come clean? Will she be able to help save her parents’ restaurant? Can maintain her friendships and comedy that mean so much to her? She has a lot of people who want what they think is best for her, but will she be able to reconcile their advice and find a path that works for them all?
This is SO GOOD: laugh-out-loud humor, so much to think about, and realistic suspense because you care so much for Yumi and her family.
–Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA