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I come from a family where books are essential, since I was a little girl everybody was always reading something and the best plan for all of us is buying new books. My house is literally a library, we have millions of books, but the funny story is that every time you are looking for something to read it seems like there is not any book in the house, even if they are thousands you have not read yet. What I have liked of BOTM is that you will find books that you will never have found otherwise. For example, for me pull me under was not a life changing book, but it was a really entertaining novel and I had fun reading it. One of my favorite things of BOTM is the note you receive from the judge with the books, feeling part of a group of people that enjoy reading as much as I do is really fun.
I admit I struggled with this book. I found the story fascinating, but was very underwhelmed by the storytelling itself. I felt disconnected from the characters, which was a major bummer for me. I also hated how rushed the storyline with Danny felt. Did anyone else struggle with this?
This was my third BOTM pick, and I really enjoyed it. I thought the setting was described beautifully and the author made me feel more famikiar with Japanese culture. It read smoothly and quickly, which was helpfuk to mr since I'm usually at home with my son and have small intervals to read. I would recommend this book to others for sure!
Can you escape your past? Do you think Rio could have continued to live happily for the rest of her life in America without returning to Japan to confront her demons?
Were you surprised that Tomoya Yu's parents were so kind to Rio? What does this rather anticlimactic scene say about the nature of her crime?
What would you do if you were in Sal's position, and you found out a dark secret about the person you love? Do you think they have hope of reconciliation?
This book has me questioning how much one must share with her partner. Do our partners have a right to know everything? Is that what they deserve? At what point in life are we allowed to recreate ourselves? Or, can we not? Must we divulge all that is us? In what way are we allowed to have secrets? Must my secret be yours in order to coexist?
I wonder if Rio should have told Sal the truth. Her secret isn't one that many would respond well to. Does she have a right to start over, to reform, to be perceived as anything besides a murderer? How relevant is her past to her present and future-besides it shaping that present and future? When I put myself in Rio's-Chizuru's-shoes, I feel the need to keep things to myself. The need to have the opportunity to change, regenerate. The need to have a normal life, family. When I put myself in Sal's shoes, I think I would want to know something so big. It seems challenging that I would both want to keep it to myself and would want to know. So, how much must we share? What can be rightfully ours and not owed to another?
Oh, I loved this. As my first book of the month experience I have to say, I felt like this was a great choice. The writing was real and avoided cliches and anything sappy...I appreciated the reality that sometimes you don't get closure and things don't work out in such a magic neat, complete perfect package. The darkness of her "black organ" was another real element because I didn't think it was too dark and unrealistic; it was a person who has a soul who struggles with not understanding all of herself and all of her choices. And things aren't so neat and clear cut where it's either a good decision or a bad decision too. So I loved this book...short, sweet, didn't drag, real.
I ripped through the first 75% of this book in two evenings and really enjoyed it. However it felt like it went on 30 pages too long. The end scene would have been beautiful if it was a movie with all the colors, lights, and music...but it just didn't work for me in print. Overall I really liked the book, but felt it was uneven.
Very good book. I ran across minimal grammatical errors (one on pg.52) and I really liked this book. I lived in Japan and the main character took me back to those days. She was very descriptive and her character was easy to get attached to. I received the book yesterday and finished it today. Great BOTM choice!
This was my first BoTM club book and it was a blast. From start to finish there were surprises around every corner that had me actually squealing out loud and my fiance looking at me like a nutter. So glad I picked this one to read. I truly enjoyed it and only wish there had been more. I hope there's a sequel!
I had a hard time choosing between this and swimming lessons, but I'm definitely glad I chose this. It was definitely dark, but beautifully written, and I loved the last few pages!