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陽だまりの彼女 Review!
massufangirl wrote in japanesebookrec

Hi everyone! This is my first post to the community, but I have wanted to review this book on here for a long time! I just finished it, so it's fresh on my mind, but I started it a while back and read it on and off for a while.

So I am a big Johnny's fan, and I wanted to watch the movie that was adapted from Hidamari no Kanojo, but I knew that if I made myself read the book before seeing the movie, I would finish the book faster. I am an ADD reader; I love finding new things to read but it is harder for me to commit to something unless I absolutely love it and make time for it. With books in Japanese, it's harder for me to finish books because I sometimes get frustrated if I can't read the kanji. Lately, I've been having less of that frustration, though, so I bought a ton of novels in Japanese to make myself read more.

Hidamari no Kanojo is a really good read. It starts out with a bang, unlike most other Japanese novels I've read, which are really slow and just about normal life. In this book, there is a hidden element of mystery and surprise and magic.

The level isn't hard, as most of the time it's done in conversation or it deals with everyday life. Koshigaya Osamu is a really direct writer and he doesn't like to beat around with tons of metaphors or crazy ways of explaining things. I think that's a big reason I like his style. There are some medical terms and some vocab concerning their jobs, but most of that is at the beginning and doesn't come back.

It took me a while to read this book because I would pick it up for a few minutes and go back to what I was doing, but overall it was a fast read if I just count the time that I actually spent with the book in my hands.

Since there is a movie adaptation, it's easy to check your comprehension. I have yet to see the movie, but I know it will be good because Matsumoto Jun is the main character. And I read the book to be able to see the movie.

Definitely check it out if you are sick of 'normal' type reads... I know I don't really like Murakami or Banana Yoshimoto as much in terms of storyline because I find them quite boring. This book has a great twist and will leave you thinking about it long after you put it down!


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