My Short Review: Refreshing new plot for a chick-lit, lovable characters and a quick and interesting read.
My rating: 4 Stars
Yet another immigrant story and yet another quest for the elusive “green card”… but this time, a much lighter story line. I had read a couple of reviews for “Midori by Moonlight” and I had picked it up from the library hoping to sneak it in after a heavy read. I found the perfect opportunity when I finished reading Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss. I enjoyed Midori by Moonlight even more than I thought I would.
Midori is a young girl living in Japan and is in love with everything American. Kevin is an American visiting Japan. Midori and Kevin fall in love and he brings her to San Francisco with him to marry her. Midori is all excited about her American dream coming true. Soon after their engagement party, however, her world comes crashing when Kevin announces that he is dumping Midori to go back to his girlfriend Kimberley. Midori suddenly finds herself in a strange city with no fiancé, no knowledge of English, no job, a soon-to-be extinct savings account, an expiring visa, and no idea on what to do with her life! The only things she knows are these: baking cakes that are out of the world, and the fact that she doesn’t want to go back to Japan. This book is all about how the seemingly mild and timid Midori decides to take charge of her life and do everything that she can to make sure that she doesn’t go back to Japan.
Midori is extremely lovable. Her struggles with the idiomatic expressions in English are hilarious and her passion for baking is contagious...well, almost!(It got me thinking about what I might want to bake, if that counts!).I must however admit that there were times that I thought that she was a little stupid or should I just say, ignorant? For instance, the fact that it took her forever to realize that her roommate’s girlfriend was actually jealous of her! But I guess in spite of that, I still did like her a lot.
While managing to keep the light mood of the book, Wendy manages to sneak in quite a bit about the lives of people in contemporary Japan – the academic pressures of parents, the suffocative society norms for girls, etc.
I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to you if you are looking for something light to read. I can assure you that it is a quick read and holds your attention throughout. You can most likely get through this in one sitting. I very nearly did!
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?