Hiro Loves Kite

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. Kettle has Kite's heart, but a looming shadow threatens to separate them. Kettle must accept that he is also Hiro. And Hiro loves Kite — that much is clear – but Kite won't wait forever for him to tell her...

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The captivating story of Nora and Kettle continues in Hiro and Kite, the second installment in the award-winning Paper Stars historical fiction series by Lauren Nicole Taylor.

We offer our wounds and scars. Understanding that is 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 and a guardian.

Kettle has Kite’s heart. But something holds him back; a feeling that he doesn’t deserve good things. It’s 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.

Hiro loves Kite—but Kite won’t wait forever for him to tell her. And now they’re standing on icy ground. The leverage they had on Kite’s abusive father has wavered, and life on the street is affecting Frankie’s health. Snow is gathering at the station doors, and doubts are piling high…they must rely on each other, and 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.

Fans of Nora and Kettle have asked for more of their story since it first hit shelves. By popular demand, Lauren Nicolle Taylor has written this follow-up that is sure to please her fans. Find out why readers are calling this series “unforgettable,” “powerful,” and a “remarkable reimagining of Peter Pan.”

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
As with book 1, technically this does not meet the criteria for a 5, but there is continued mention of the violent abuse from book 1. Both in reference, and with new occurrences.
There are some racial slurs used such as 'nip' and 'Jap' in a derogatory way. Use of the word whore. Bitch - Used in 'Son of a Bitch' Damn - Used by itself and in 'Goddamn' Hell - Used as in 'To Hell with it' 'Holy Hell' Shit (Also used in Bullshit)
There is very little physical romance in this book but there is more kissing than in the first one.
One man is smoking in a scene. (An adult - and he is informed that smoking is bad for him)
Supernatural Characters: There are no supernatural characters in this book.
Other: This is the second book that follows on from Nora & Kettle. As with book 1 this story deals with a lot of emotional issues including child abuse (both emotional and physical). People should be very aware that there are scenes that many may find upsetting.

Series: A Paper Stars Novel, Book 2
Genres: Historical / General, Love & Romance
Tags: civil rights, coming of age, historical romance, Japanese Internment, prejudice, racism, romance, young adult
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781634223263
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About the Author
Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Lauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Health Science degree with Honours in obstetrics and gynaecology.

She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.

She is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist and a USA Best Book Awards Finalist.

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