Friday, February 20, 2009

Review: Midori by Moonlight

Book: Midori by Moonlight

Author: Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

Genre: Chick-lit
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 fiancĂ©, 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?


Anna said...

I love books like this. Midori sounds like a fun character. Looks like another book for the wish list!

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S. Krishna said...

Great review! I loved this book.

bermudaonion said...

I haven't read it, but I'd like to.

Kaye said...

Looks like the wish list just got a little longer! I tried to win this one a while back and then sort of forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder and now I really want to read it.

Jo-Jo said...

This sounds like a fun book! It's always nice to put something light in between those more serious reads.

Serena said...

sounds like another great read from you. I'll have to check it out.

bethany said...

I really have wanted to read this one for over a year, and then I saw it on S. Krishna's blog and now on yours. Seriously I think you gals are teasing me!! :) I must use some of my powell's money for this book, I must.

Thanks for another (as always) spectacular review!

Ramya said...

@anna - and it is a quick read as well.. definitely recommended!

@swapna - i know! I got to know about the book only because you reviewed it!

@bermudaonion - you should!:) it is a light and interesting read!

@kaye - lol! me too! and then i saw it on the library shelf and immediately grabbed it!:)

@jo-jo - that is exactly my thought as well! I always try to read something light between heavy books

@serena - i'd be interested in seeing your thoughts on this one!

@bethany - i picked it up after I saw swapna's review as well.. she's the master-teaser I guess..:)