Mariko Turk teaches writing and rhetoric classes and works as a writing tutor at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her PhD in English from the University of Florida, with a concentration in children's literature. The Other Side of Perfect is her debut novel.
Debut novelist Turk writes with a great deal of nuance....A well-choreographed story of hope, resilience, and personal growth.—Booklist
The writing is compelling, sentimental moments with please romance lovers, and the hopeful, yet realistic, ending is satisfying. A love story with a refreshing focus on confronting systemic racism.—Kirkus
A strong portrayal of musical theater, ballet, the arts, and culture all merged into a coming-of-age story that will resonate. —SLJ
Beautifully written, funny, and heartfelt, The Other Side of Perfect is a must-read debut. Alina is a character to cheer for and cherish.—Emma Mills, author of First & Then and Lucky Caller
A nuanced exploration of shattered dreams and new beginnings. Full of pain and beauty, like the best ballet.—Jenna Guillaume, author of What I Like About Me and You Were Made for Me
A captivating story of love, loss, identity and rediscovering your truth. Perfectly en pointe!—The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling