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Orchards

Thompson, Holly

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Orchards
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Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385908067
9780385908061
038573977X
9780385739771
Branch Call Number: y THOMPSON 2011
Characteristics: 327 p. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: McFerrin, Grady

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The story of a girl who is sent to live with her relatives in Japan shortly after a bullied classmate commits suicide.

Sent to Japan for the summer after a classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.


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Sent to stay with family in Japan for the summer following a classmate's suicide, Kana has a lot of time to reflect on recent events. It’s not fair to be sent away, really. It wasn’t her fault. Yet somehow, she can’t help but think about everything that’s happened, and wonder. Sometimes friendships aren’t what they seem. Sometimes words have great impact. Sometimes there’s more to see than meets the eye. What if she had understood more? What could she have done differently? What can be learned, and how do you move on? Amid the strong and comforting embrace of family so far away from home, Kana questions, and contemplates, and tries to make sense of it all.
Beautifully written in verse, the author presents a sensitive and poignant story of one girl’s struggle to find meaning following tragedy.
Reviewed by LZ

Apr 06, 2011
  • Riceyy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book took on a format similar to that of Ellen Hopkins and Terra McVoy (Pure, After the Kiss..) As a result, it was a short read, and not very descriptive. The characters were so underdeveloped, which then made me feel distant and indifferent to the story, as a reader. Not much of a climax, and the book was overall very uneventful. Not sure if I would recommend it.

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