Throwback

Maurene Goo

With all the humor and heart that are Maurene Goo’s specialty, Throwback is the fresh, funny, yet profoundly thoughtful time travel story you didn’t know you needed—but trust me, you definitely do. An absolutely delightful book.

- Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Chosen Ones

Back to the Future meets The Joy Luck Club in this YA contemporary romance about a Korean American girl sent back to the ’90s to (reluctantly) help her teenage mom win Homecoming Queen.

ISBN

9781638930204

Language

English

Edition

Hardcover

Sale date

April 11, 2023

Dimensions

5.5 x 8.25

About the Book

Being a first-generation Asian American immigrant is hard. You know what’s harder? Being the daughter of one. Samantha Kang has never gotten along with her mother, Priscilla—and has never understood her bougie-nightmare, John Hughes high school expectations. After a huge fight between them, Sam is desperate to move forward—but instead, finds herself thrown back. Way back.


To her shock, Sam finds herself back in high school . . . in the ’90s . . . with a 17-year-old Priscilla. Now this Gen Z girl must try to fit into an analog world. She’s got the fashion down, but everything else is baffling. What is “microfiche”? What’s with the casual racism and misogyny? And why does it feel like Priscilla is someone she could actually be . . . friends with?

 

Sam’s blast to the past has her finding the right romance in the wrong time while questioning everything she thought she knew about her mom . . . and herself. Will Sam figure out what she needs to do to fix things for her mom so that she can go back to a time she understands? Brimming with heart and humor, Maurene Goo’s time-travel romance asks big questions about what exactly one inherits and loses in the immigrant experience.

Reviews

With all the humor and heart that are Maurene Goo’s specialty, Throwback is the fresh, funny, yet profoundly thoughtful time travel story you didn’t know you needed—but trust me, you definitely do. An absolutely delightful book.

- Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Chosen Ones

Throwback is one of those rare books that manages to unearth deep truths with the lightest of touches. It’s funny and big-hearted, romantic, and delightfully unexpected in the best way. It was a true pleasure to read.

- Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing

I absolutely adored Throwback! It’s fun and laugh-out-loud funny—but with a message that resonates and characters I couldn’t stop thinking about. A tour de force from Maurene Goo, and a book I know I’ll be returning to again and again.

- Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of Save the Dateand Take Me Home Tonight

Inventive, fun and fresh, Throwback explores the mysteries of destiny, identity, and more than one kind of love.

- Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award medalist and bestselling author of When You Reach Me

Throwback is as fun and feel-good as your favorite ’90s teen flick but wrapped up in a beautifully written and poignant story of mothers, daughters, the immigrant experience, and the ‘American dream.’ Maurene Goo writes with heart, humor, tenderness, and an unabashed optimism that will remind readers what’s worth believing in—and the importance of being true to yourself. No other author out there is doing it like Maurene and Throwback is her best yet. An absolute triumph by an unparalleled talent.

- Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of I'm the Girl and Sadie

No one can blend family, humor, satire, and love into a single perfect story like Maurene Goo can. I inhaled this book in a single sitting, lost in the magic of this tale of mothers and daughters and the weight of generational divides. I laughed, I sobbed, and now I want to hand this book to everyone I know.

- Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Skyhunter