The story starts off with the main protagonist Katie moving to Japan to live with her aunt after tragically losing her mom. Everything about this transition has been a difficult one. New country, new language, new customs and no mom. Katie is doing her best to fit in, but she views this move as only temporary as her grandparents are trying to obtain custody so we can move back to the states.
Everything starts to change for Katie when she accidentally overhears a fight between the school's heartthrob and known bad boy, Tomohiro and his current girlfriend. As they break up the girlfriend throws a sketch book that lands at Katie's feet. The sketch book is open to a picture of a pregnant girl. Katie is captivated by how amazing the picture is. And as she is admiring the picture, something happens that she did not see coming, the girl in the picture turns head and looks back at Katie. Is she hallucinating? She couldn't have actually have seen what she thought she did.
Despite all of her friends warnings Katie finds herself drawn to Tomohiro. She knows that must be more to his story than what everyone knows and she is determined to find out. But will Katie be prepared for what his secret is? What if what he is keeping secret might end of end up hurting her. Will she allow herself to fall for Tomohiro even though it might put her life in danger? You guys have to pick up the book when it comes out!
I have to admit that this book was difficult for me at first. I struggled with the Japanese culture and the few Japanese words that Amanda threw into the story. But quickly as the story unfolded I found myself actually loving the same things I struggled with in the beginning. I honestly have to admit that I was ignorant of Japanese culture and their traditions before reading this book. But Amanda does such a great job developing the story that I am eager to read more about this amazing culture.
I found myself really liking the main character Katie from the get go. She is strong and brave, and even though she is put into a completely new world, she does her best to assimilate to the culture and not be so much of an outsider.
My first impression of Tomohiro was that he was as complete Jerk. But as the story unveils I find myself feeling for him as much as I did Katie. He is mysterious and intriguing and strong and passionate.
I don't want to give anything away because I want you guys to be as surprised as I was, but the twist that Amanda created was just BRILLIANT! It was new and refreshing and made me want to read more about it. Yes, it took me about a day to get passed the first 25% of the book, but once I got through that I just flew through the book and couldn't put it down!
Would you strive or do you think you would have a difficult time adjusting?