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The Nakano Thrift Shop
The Nakano Thrift Shop | Hiromi Kawakami
When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies' man with several ex-wives; Masayo, Mr Nakano's sister, an artist who has never married; and her fellow employee Takeo, a shy but charming young man. And every day, customers from the neighbourhood pass in and out as curios are bought and sold, each one containing its own surprising story. When Hitomi and Takeo begin to fall for one another, they find themselves in the centre of their own drama - and on the edges of many others. A tender and affecting exploration of the mystery that lurks in the ordinary, this novel traces the seemingly imperceptible threads that weave together a community, and the knots that bind us to one another.
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feminismandyoga
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Its #WomeninTranslation Month!!

This is my first book for #WIT month this year. It's a cute story about a girl's time working at a thrift shop and a little of how the people she meets there intersect in her life after. I love the way it gives depth to the time we spend at jobs that aren't the careers we aspire to but that let us tread water while we figure out what we're doing. For me it was the Barnes and Noble Cafe and I still miss it.

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RebeccaH
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I‘ve been quiet here lately, mostly because I‘ve been traveling. My husband taught a class in Rome, and my 6yo and I got to go along. It was amazing. Here are some of the books I bought there, although my luggage is missing, so many of these are not actually in my possession at the moment :( Hopefully they arrive today.

batsy Oh no! I hope your luggage (and these amazing books contained within) turn up very soon. 2mo
RebeccaH @batsy thank you, they showed up a couple hours ago! Yay, reunited with my books!! 2mo
batsy Yay!! 2mo
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readordierachel
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Another day, another flight delay. Only 3 hours this time! Sigh. I'm about to finish my current read, so I bought myself a new one. I'm technically on a book-buying ban, but I feel like it's extenuating circumstances.

MicheleinPhilly Definitely. You have the patience of a saint. I would have bought 6 and still been a grump. 3mo
readordierachel @MicheleinPhilly I am surprised by how zen I seem to be about the whole situation. Maybe it's the glass of wine I had 🙃 3mo
ReadingOver50 Looks good. I love Japanese fiction 😀 3mo
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LauraJ Oh yeah...flight delay = automatic book purchase. It‘s in the rules. 3mo
Reggie I hope this is good. I loved Strange Weather in Tokyo. 3mo
Tanisha_A Yes. The circumstances change things. 😁 3mo
readordierachel @ReadingOver50 I need to read more Japanese fiction. So far this is great! 3mo
readordierachel @LauraJ @Tanisha_A I knew you Littens would understand the logic 😁 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie I actually recognized the author from your review of that one! So far I'm really liking it. 3mo
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Centique
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I had a hankering for another Japanese novel so I tried this one. It‘s an odd little beastie where nothing much happens. A bunch of quirky characters who are never really sure of their own meanings or anybody else‘s meaning, thrown together through their work in a second hand shop, having awkward conversations and interactions with each other. I kinda liked it but most people I know would biff it across the room 😂😂

Centique PS I had to show you that it is cool enough to wear jeans tonight and I am THRILLED. It has been sweltering for the past eight weeks and I missed jeans so much. 6mo
Cathythoughts I guess your autumn/winter is on the way ... we can ALWAYS wear jeans here 🙄.... enjoy! And the book looks good 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
JennyM I miss my 👖 & I can‘t wait for the cooler weather, although I fear it‘s still a long way off for us in Brissie 6mo
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Centique @JennyM I bet it‘s hot! But is it humid like here or dry heat? I was having wishful feelings about the Sunshine Coast this morning - sitting poolside in a resort, going to a Surf Club for dinner ... (sigh!) 6mo
Centique @Cathythoughts that‘s funny! I‘m probably built for that kind of weather 😂 When I first saw my dermatologist here years ago he said to me “you know your ancestors should really have stayed in Ireland” 😝 6mo
batsy I have this and can't wait to read it! I loved this other novel by her so much 6mo
JennyM @Centique it‘s humid...like blah humid! And very windy at the moment as we have cyclone Oma on its way 💨 6mo
CarolynM I've been in jeans all week too, far too early for it in my opinion. Hopefully we'll get a few more hot (but not too hot) days before the end of March. I like a summer dress🙂 @JennyM @Cathythoughts 6mo
Centique @batsy oh I‘ll have to try that! I‘ll be so interested to see what you think of this one. I haven‘t finished thinking about it enough to be coherent yet! I‘m just filled with it‘s ambience and quiet strangeness 😊 6mo
JennyM @CarolynM Jeans, already? I didn‘t realise the weather had turned cooler for you guys. Although you never quite know with Melb ☀️ ⛄️ 🍁 🌹 6mo
Reggie I read Strange Weather in Tokyo and it is easily on top of the best of list for this year. I have this one but there‘s soooo many books. So many. Also, @Lindy bailed on this one. So, idk. Now you have me intrigued. 6mo
Centique @Reggie oh wow I def have to read Strange Weather in Tokyo! I commiserate with @Lindy it really doesn‘t go anywhere this book. But somehow pointlessness suited my mood this week 😉 6mo
Centique @Reggie unless the point is that people are indecipherable. I‘m going with that. 👍 6mo
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catreadsbooks
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I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn‘t get into the plot or the characters or the writing style 🤷‍♀️

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Colleenma
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Found this at our local indie bookstore only an hour and a half away! Fairhope Alabama. #pageandpallette

rachaich This sounds great! 11mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Though billed as an unlikely romance between two employees at the Nakano Thrift Shop, the book is really more about the lives of the odd & eccentric family made up of shop owner (and his latest mistress), the owner‘s sister (an artist), & the two employees, Hitomi & Takeo (both awkward in navigating life & relationships) & how they intersect in various ways. Originally published in Japanese, the story holds up well in English. A fun, quirky read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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This was my airport bookstore find yesterday morning—I didn‘t get to it, though I did read two other books during my 11 hour flight, so to the top of the TBR pile it goes!

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mhillis
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Finally got around to reading Nakano Thrift Shop! I read Manazuru by the same author, and although the two books are quite different, I loved them both. Now I‘m looking forward to reading Strange Weather in Tokyo!

About a second hand store owner, his sister, and two employees.
Each chapter‘s title an item that passes through the shop
Interesting exploration of human relationships

Weaponxgirl I've had my eye on this one. Glad to hear it's good 14mo
Pamwurtzler Sounds interesting! Stacked. 14mo
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annericefights
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“I felt a momentary surge of happiness. You idiot, I thought, while still thoroughly enjoying the feeling.”

asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
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kimlovesbooks
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My current read!! 😁😁😁

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Lindy
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve reached the halfway point and I‘m giving up. I like the Japanese setting, but the novel in general makes me feel vaguely irritated. Normally I‘m okay with awkward and hapless characters, but this trio of coworkers is really bugging me. On top of that, I find the sexual content distasteful and annoying. The only reason I lasted as long as I did is because it was the only ebook I happened to have downloaded on my phone.

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Lindy
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Brown sugar soap? 🤔

Lindy Thanks to @KathyR I learned there are recipes online to make brown sugar soap. https://www.livestrong.com/article/156037-what-are-the-benefits-of-brown-sugar-a... (edited) 2y
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gossamerchild
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Mehso-so

You ever finish reading a book and wonder what on earth you just read? Yeah, this would be one of those. While the premise isn't that unusual (the day-to-day goings on of the owner and employees of a strange thrift store in Japan), the writing style was completely unlike anything I've read in quite a while. Perhaps that's the translation? Odd and quirky.

#unreadshelfproject2018

ReadingOver50 I usually love Japanese fiction. I would like to read this, it sounds intriguing 😄 2y
gossamerchild @ReadingOver50 I very strongly waffled between so so and pick. I would recommend it if you enjoy Japanese fiction. It felt very... Japanese. 2y
Annashep I picked this up at my local library it‘s definitely quirky ... I quite enjoyed it for its unusual writing style too :) 2y
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silentrequiem
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Caspian is a squirmy book model. #catsoflitsy

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mania
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Christmas reading. #firstpost

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quietjenn
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Tonight's reading brought to you by "This item cannot be renewed" message.

BookishTrish This is me and 2y
silentrequiem What an adorable cover! 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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Coffee and a book at my favorite coffee shop! Happy Saturday 😊

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mhillis
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Congratulations @Cinfhen 🥂🎉📚
I would love to read these two books by Hiromi Kawakami! #crushingongiveaway

Cinfhen They look pretty awesome ☘️🤞🏼💚 2y
batsy I loved Strange Weather in Tokyo! A beautiful and unconventional story about love. I'm looking forward to reading her other books. 2y
mhillis @batsy I read Manazuru and it was interesting! For some reason, I haven't gotten to these yet. The cover photos are great!! 2y
tpixie Cover photos of ‘ girls in leaping motion ‘! Fun! 2y
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gossamerchild
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Set in a thrift store in Tokyo, I'd say this fits the bill for #thisisnotamerica. Not a lot happening, but the characters are great.

#SeptemBowie @Marchpane @Cinfhen

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Lacythebookworm
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#fivestarpredictions Hoping to get to all these before the end of the year!

Thanks for tagging me @kspenmoll 😊
I'm tagging @readsusieread @LibrarianJen @Yournewfriendsams @Lindy @Lmstraubie if you're up to it 🙌

LibrarianJen Ooh yay! I'll do this after the kids go to bed! Also, all your picks are on my radar. (edited) 2y
Jess_Read_This I keep seeing the Nakano Thrift Shop popping up at least weekly. I need to take it as a sign to move it up the TBR. (edited) 2y
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Lacythebookworm @Jess_Read_This I have really high hopes! 🤞 2y
Notafraidofwords Guapa is five star! 2y
bookloo I freaking loved Chemistry. 👩🏾‍🔬 2y
batsy I loved Chemistry and hope you enjoy it! All of your other books are on my TBR 👍 2y
Lacythebookworm @Notafraidofwords @bookloo @batsy I cannot wait! So pleased to have endorsements for Chemistry and Guapa 👍 2y
Annashep Loved the Nakano thrift shop just finished it... a lovely read :) 2y
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BookBrat
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More book buying in Minneapolis. This time at Magers & Quinn. Also a picture of my view for a bit of Lake Calhoun from where I sat while reading.

SilversReviews Love this photo. 2y
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angrylilasian
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Hello everyone!! I've been away for a while. I've missed Litsy!! This past week has been B A N A N A S. My son was in the hospital for croup, then I got sick (still sick 😷), my husband and I are insanely busy at work because school is about to start. It's Saturday and I have to go in to the office. So I'm taking a little me time this morning to sip tea, slow down, and start this beauty. It's my pick for #womenintranslationmonth.

Cinfhen Hope you're all on the mend! Enjoy me time💕 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Oh my! I hope things calm down for you. 2y
Nebklvr Best wishes for a speedy recovery 2y
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LauraBeth What a crazy week! Hope that everyone is feeling better soon and that things quiet down a bit for y'all 2y
Laura317 Looks like a sweet book to read while you convalesce. Hope all are better soon. 2y
Redwritinghood Glad things are finally calming down and everyone is feeling better. 2y
Mimi28 Hope you all feel better and things calm down soon!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Dragon Sounds good, stacking 😀 2y
batsy Hope you're both feeling better and that things settle down soon! 2y
moranadatter Yikes! I hope you feel better soon. 2y
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thereadingwomen
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We're still celebrating #WomeninTranslationMonth and I just had to share a photo of my copy of THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP. You can hear our discussion on Ep. 28 where we also talk about THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE.

https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/blog/2017/8/16/ep-28-the-nakano-thrift-shop-...

Angitron I just bought this over the weekend! Hoping it's a good one... 2y
sofiaga I just started to listen to your podcast and I love it. You should consider doing a show about female winners of the Nobel Prize or the Pulitzer. Greetings from Costa Rica. 2y
bobregina Such a beautiful cover! I'll definitely buy it 2y
thereadingwomen @Angitron It is good. Just be patient with it at the beginning. Hope you enjoy it. - A 2y
thereadingwomen @sofiaga Thank you! And what a great suggestion. I'll add it to the list of possible topics for 2018. - A 2y
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kdwinchester
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What a quirky little book. Set in a suburb of Tokyo, this novel tells the story of the people who work in a small down-on-its-luck thrift shop. Each person who works at the Nakano Thrift Shop feels as lost as the objects in the store. No one knows what they need or how to get it. Search for self awareness, awkward encounters, and questionable customers—all of these things make up a funny and a, surprisingly, meaningful story.
#witmonth

erzascarletbookgasm This is such a pretty cover! I have this unread, but with a different cover. :) 2y
minkyb I like the sound of this! 2y
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thereadingwomen
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What a quirky little book. Set in a suburb of Tokyo, this novel tells the story of the people who work in a small down-on-its-luck thrift shop. Each person who works at the Nakano Thrift Shop feels as lost as the objects in the store. No one knows what they need or how to get it. Search for self awareness, awkward encounters, and questionable customers—all of these things make up a funny and a, surprisingly, meaningful story. - K
#thereadingwomen

rubyslippersreads Glad to hear it's good; I just found a nice used copy. 2y
Annashep This sounds good going to give it a go thanks for the review :) 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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New books! @readsusieread and I took a friend to the airport and we couldn't resist stopping by the bookstore. 📚😍

DiruVamp I really enjoyed Nakano it was a great read! 2y
readsusieread 😍😍😍 2y
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MonicaS
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Thanks Target! You had this before the library!

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DiruVamp
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It took me a couple chapters to get into this but once I did I really liked it. Each chapter is named, and incorporates, an item relating to the titles thrift shop. The employees are an interesting and enigmatic set of characters. I enjoyed this one! And how can you not love this cover!

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librarynthine
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A couple of other books I got today! I've read other books by these authors before and thoroughly enjoyed them, as I expect I would with these two 😊

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MichaelKwan
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Also finished this off today. It's a little study of the owner and employees of a local secondhand store in Japan. The characters are well drawn and interesting. The events of the story are normal, slice of life events. There are no great ups or downs, no huge upsets or disasters. But you become invested in the characters' lives as if you're watching friends. Probably best describes as a pleasant book.

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balletbookworm
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An understated book about three people who work at a thrift shop (four, if you count the owner's sister) over the course of about one year. The translation seems good (I had thought that "Indian summer" was an odd idiom to use but it turns out that it was ported into Japanese some time ago). There is a weird convention about quotation marks - sometimes used, sometimes not. But overall a good book for when you need something quiet.

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BooksForYears
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Thanks for the awesome book mail, Europa Editions! I'm excited to dive into this book about the hidden stories of the items in a Japanese thrift store, and the people who work there.

Nat_Reads Ok I'm adding this to my TBR. That sounds awesome. You might like 2y
Zelma That sounds like a lot of fun! 2y
BooksForYears @Nat_Reads That does sound good! Added to my stack! 2y
EvieBee I want this! Keep us posted. 2y
LeahBergen Gong fu cha and a Yixing teapot!! 😍😍😍 (and I so want this book). 2y
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Exia
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When you get old and long sighted, you can't look your sweetheart in the eye from close up. You need a little distance, so that you can focus on each other

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asmadasbirds
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I may be biased towards books based on a second hand shop because I work in one but this book was a delight to read. I always know a book is good when I feel that tinge of sadness to finish the last page and close it! Characters were easy to like and diverse, definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting and entertaining read.

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sisilia
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What a cute story! Awful translation, though 😅

Michelle_mck That is the worst! 3y
sisilia @Michelle_mck Some translators just can't be bothered to get the correct nuance 3y
minkyb That is disappointing about the translation. 3y
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sisilia @minkyb Yeah 😫... I'll find the Japanese version; it should be entertaining to read 3y
slategreyskies I've been wanting to read this! :) 3y
sisilia @slategreyskies It's very heartwarming 😊 Perfect for a bad day cure 3y
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KarenaFagan
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Break time reads. So far it's interesting.

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asmadasbirds
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"I love snow because it isn't sad" .. 17 pages in is too early to say much but so far I'm enjoying the Nakano thrift shop!

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Moray_Reads
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A lovely, quiet book that really digs in by the end #litintranslation

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IncredibleRamblingElimy
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Just picked this one up, looks interesting.

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mamasanace
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this. It's sweet and lovely, but has no X factor to it. The characters are all lovely, but ultimately forgettable. 6/10 from me.

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Rick_Eaglestone
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RowanHisayo
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For any one who feels adrift. This is strange and quiet and lovely.

LeahBergen This sounds amazing. 3y
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