On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn't know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks and she can't seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building. Read more...
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On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn't know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks and she can't seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him...and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they're near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings "come to life."
Somehow Tomo is connected to the kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan--and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Sun’s debut picks up on themes popularized in manga, like the minor deities of Shinto folklore, as the basis for her planned Paper Gods series. Sixteen-year-old Katie Greene is disoriented, grieving, and angry. Her mother recently died, and Katie has been shipped off to a guardian halfway around the world in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s perhaps not surprising that Katie would spurn the overtures of smiling boys to stalk Tomohiro, who’s maddening, mercurial, and artistically gifted. He’s at ease maintaining barriers between himself and his Japanese classmates, but Katie’s bluntness and aggressive pursuit disarm him and pique an equal interest. The mystery of Tomohiro appears connected to his art—specifically, the ink that runs thickly in his presence, and the drawings that come to life under Katie’s shocked gaze. This is very much a scene-setting book, and readers will come away more enlightened about contemporary Japanese high schools than any older aspect of the culture, but it’s an enjoyable peek at a world very different from America, yet inhabited by people whose hearts are utterly familiar. Ages 14–up. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, the Knight Agency. (July)