This book seemed really cute and adorable, so I had to request it when I spotted it on Netgalley. And boy, this book was much more than just cute and adorable. It also caused me to cry a bit.
Sakura, a little girl from Japan, is moving to the US due to her father and his job. She isn’t happy with it, she misses her grandma, she misses the cherry blossoms, she misses her words. She has to learn a whole new language, words she cannot pronounce easily. Neko becomes cat, sora becomes the sky.
Thankfully for Sakura there is a boy next door who is kind, friendly, and helps her out when she feels unhappy. He has his ways. Sakura loves the fleeting cherry blossoms, and he loves the stars. Both of them connect, and I was just happy for Sakura. Finally she had a friend, finally she could make this place a new home.
But, sadly, something happens to her grandma. And it had me in tears. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to not be able to be there for her, not only for Sakura but also for Sakura’s parents. To only be there for a short while before having to go back again.
You can imagine that Sakura returns in sadness, but thankfully she has a wonderful friend who has a surprise coming for her, she just has to wait for it. And the surprise was wonderful.
Yes, I loved this book, it deals with subjects like moving to a new country, sickness, missing people, making a new place home, friendship, all the while without making it too heavy.
The art is pretty decent, not entirely my style, but I still found it quite pretty at times.
All in all, I would recommend this book to everyone.