Mika in Real Life: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this brilliant new novel by from Emiko Jean, the author of the New York Times best-selling 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.
One phone call changes everything.
At 35, 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 16 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, Gail 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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 58 minutes|
|Narrator||Sura Siu, Andi Arndt|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 02 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #92,725 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#272 in Friendship Fiction
#817 in Asian American Literature (Books)
#1,526 in World Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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This book gave me a lot of feelings. I ended up really enjoying it. Mika is a flawed character. But she has enough baggage that her flaws are understandable. The exploration of her relationships were so well done. This book delved into topics of motherhood, sacrifices for loved ones, found family, searching for an identity and so much more. While it was a departure from the author's previous YA novels, her roots in that genre did show and made this a lighter read than it could have been given the topics.
Emiko Jean has a way of writing characters who are complex, interesting, flawed, and relatable. I appreciated the complicated family dynamics that were written with care.
Even the relationship that Mika and her biological daughter, Penny, were trying to build was written in a way that creates empathy in readers without needing to have gone through that same experience themselves.
There was a little romance in this book, but I didn’t pick it up for that so I’m just going to forget about it being a bit underdeveloped yet sweet. I cared most about 1) the messiness of mother-daughter relationships, 2) the immigrant experience and the importance of culture, and 3) healing with the support of good friends. The book’s pacing was perfect and drew me in: It neither felt rushed nor did it lag.
There were many gems in this book, especially the layered characters, and I highly recommend Mika in Real Life.