Book Review: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

When I first saw this book on a Newberry Medal chart in the library I knew it was going to be fantastic, or at least well written. But it was months before I finally got around to actually reading it. I’d since forgotten what is was about, which gave me a pleasant surprise

Kira-Kira is a coming of age story that reminded me of Anne of Green Gables or the Little House Books. But it has a style all it’s own. The first person POV allowed me to really get into the main character -Katie’s-head. She was really funny and Ms. Kadohata did an excellent job giving each character a distinct personality.

One of my favorite things about this story was the window into the life of a poor Japanese American family. The racial prejudice and financial issues they faced throughout the book were enlightening to see from their perspective.

Now I must mention that this book has a fair amout of language in it so read with caution. It also mentions “making a baby” some, though not explicitly. Therefore I’d recommend it for age 12/13 and up.

Overall I really enjoyed Kira-Kira as a quick read (I finished it in less than a day) And I give it four out of five stars

Stay fly friends

~Akilah

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