"I have no negatives to say about this book. It kept my attention the entire time and I loved how the story ended. [...] You just have to read it for yourself to experience Lauren Taylor at her best with her unique writing style!! " Doris, Goodreads
Published: August 27th, 2018
We offer our wounds and scars. Understanding that’s part of what makes us beautiful.
Nora finally has her beloved sister Frankie back but that’s just the beginning of their struggles. She must now become Kite. A stronger, more independent version of herself. A King. A guardian.
And Kettle has Kite’s heart. She gives it freely. But as he holds it, dear and close like a lost treasure, something holds him back: A feeling that he doesn’t deserve good things. A looming shadow that threatens to separate them. Kettle must accept that he is also Hiro: A Japanese American with every right to happiness and freedom.
Because Hiro loves Kite. And Kite won’t wait forever for him to tell her.
But they’re standing on icy ground. As the leverage they had on Kite’s abusive father wavers and life on the street affects Frankie’s health, the challenges threaten to break their bond.
Snow is gathering at the station doors and doubts are piling high. They must rely on each other. Believe in the magic that got them this far. If they don’t, it’s not just their future in jeopardy but the fates of all the street kids in their care. All the Kings.
Why I wrote Hiro Loves Kite
There were a few reasons for writing Hiro Loves Kite. All good ones. All necessary ones. The first being that I had just come out of a professional relationship that had left me feeling creatively hand cuffed for two years. I needed to write just to write. Not worry about whether it would be published or where it was going. I needed to get back to the writer I used to be before this happened. So I returned to the last work I produced pre-handcuffs. Nora and Kettle. Straight after I’d finished that book, I’d quickly written an outline for if I ever chose to continue their story. I searched my computer for it and luckily, it was still there waiting for me. The outline refreshed my memory and then the words just flew from my fingertips.
The second and more important reason was that Nora and Kettle needed their story continued. Sometimes a story just hangs in the background. Lurking. Pitching itself forward whenever your brain has a story gap. At the end of the first book, hope was pinned to the sky. Nora had confronted her father and was taking steps toward independence, Kettle had just started to understand his feelings for Nora and was coming closer to acceptance of his heritage and Frankie was still missing. And although, I intended the ending to be open. The characters kept calling out for their story to be completed.
I wanted to know, just as much as the readers who had contacted me over the last few years, what happened next. Did Nora and Kettle find Frankie? Did their relationship develop into something more? Did Kin recover? Would Christopher Deere ever get his comeuppance?
And now I know! If you want to find out, well, I guess you might have to have a read of Hiro Loves Kite.
About the author:
Lauren is the bestselling author of THE WOODLANDS SERIES and the award-winning YA novel NORA & KETTLE (Gold medal Winner for Multicultural fiction, Independent Publishers Book Awards 2017).
She has a Health Science degree and an honors degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology. A full time writer, hapa and artist, Lauren lives in the tucked away, Adelaide hills with her husband and three children.
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