Angry Reader of the Week: Maurene Goo

"I'm an angry person and I'm very okay with it."

Hello, good people of the internet. It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Maurene Goo.

Who are you?

Maurene Goo

What are you?

A Korean American human. Author of books for young adults.

Where are you?

In a cafe in Atwater Village, Los Angeles where my friends and I spend hours writing novels while nursing lattes. We are loved.

Where are you from?

Los Angeles <3

What do you do?

I write young adult novels -- books about teen girls who are navigating that tricky space between childhood and adulthood. My latest is The Way You Make Me Feel and it's about this irreverent prankster who gets into trouble and has to run her dad's food truck over the summer with her enemy as punishment. It takes place in LA and has a little bit of romance, a hot Korean dad, and a lot of food.

What are you all about?

I feel the finiteness of life on a visceral level so I'm always in the pursuit of enjoying it all -- sometimes it's quality and sometimes it's pleasurable trash: Delicious food (bonus points if nutritious), self-care to the point of indulgence, boxing, empathy, not being chill about my feminism, Taika Waititi, the perfect vintage Levi's, good girlfriends, action movies that star Tom Cruise or The Rock, identifying trees, comedy, reading romance novels, and my cat.

What makes you angry?

A lot. I'm Korean, so... everyone talks about han, right? The idea of this inherited anger from generations of oppression and injustice. I don't know if it's that or what, but I'm an angry person and I'm very okay with it. Things that anger me in no particular order: Willful ignorance, wasting time, manspreading, bad pruning jobs on trees, entitled behavior, literary snobbery, any opinions whatsoever on what women should look like, environmental waste, and bucket hats.

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