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review 2015-12-06 07:06
readable yet profound & insightful
Nothing Casual - Ana J. Phoenix

*Disclaimer: a free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Kenta Kuroki's bitterness over his boyfriend Shota's betrayal drives him to isolate himself from the world. as a result, he joins the ranks of the hikikomori. his self-imposed exile is disrupted by a broken internet connection, forcing Kenta to allow a technician into his home to fix the problem. little did Kenta know that his life would take another unexpected turn as his attraction for Sato Akira grows.

from the get go, this novel piqued my curiosity  as i have never heard of the "hikikomori" before and reading this piece of fiction based on a real "human condition" that is prevalent in Japan opened my eyes to another one of life's bitter and disturbing realities.

as a whole, the novel is very readable yet filled with profound details and insightful information here and there. both protagonists are opposites in every way and their interaction and reactions to one another were a delight to read especially when things get serious at some point and secrets are further revealed.

Kenta's mode of existence is extreme and quite difficult to wrap one's head into but one can somehow relate to his insecurities, fears and struggles. Akira's personality, on the other hand, is the perfect yang (positive, bright) to Kenta's yin (negative, dark). together, they make for a strange pair that works out well in more ways than one as the story progresses.

author Ana J. Phoenix has written one unforgettable, engaging, sweet and romantic tale set in Japan that draws the reader in and never lets go even after the last page is read. 

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review 2013-11-19 00:00
The Haunted Hikikomori
The Haunted Hikikomori - Lawrence Pearce There was some great writing in this book but the story didn't flow very well. I'd check out this author again though. I have quite a few highlights in the story but as a whole it was a little choppy.
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review 2013-09-17 00:00
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister: A Novel - Jeff Backhaus I can see the potential for criticism but I still felt intensely as I was reading which to me indicates that the author has done something right.
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review 2013-07-31 00:00
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister: A Novel
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister: A Novel - Jeff Backhaus My only issue with the book is the displacement of the characters in what is supposedly a Manhattan apartment - why are there so few descriptions of Manhattan?

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