Author: Holly Thompson
Summary: Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate’s suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.
I started reading it because… It is in verse, so though it is a longish (327 pages) book it is a very fast read.
I kept reading because… I grew to like the main character Kana very much and wanted to see how she coped living in a very traditional Japanese family, and because I wondered how much she was really responsible for what happened to her classmate. I also really liked the black and white line drawings.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Join the Peace Corps or otherwise Help Others.
Six Word Recap: Mean girl grows oranges in Japan.
This book reminded me of Thirteen Reasons Why because I wish Hannah could have met Kana after her time in Japan. I think they would have been friends.
Christiane @ Queen Anne Branch