I didn’t really find anything wrong about the book plot-wise and even writing-wise. In fact, it’s kind of an original story about a young man trying to find himself back after losing everyone he loves especially his mom who has just passed away recently. Suddenly he decides a visit to Japan in the hopes of understanding his mom better, to find answers to some of his questions. There is even diversity in the characters and the setting so it’s kind of puzzling why I didn’t like the book as much as I thought I would.
I couldn’t pinpoint exactly though what went wrong but maybe it’s the overall lack of emotional impact because as far as I’m concerned, the subject of the book alone is already supposed to be full of emotions. I’m supposed to be empathizing with Danny as he goes through his grieving process but mostly I got angst and privilege and self-indulgence. It’s a real deal breaker when the character is already unlikable and also difficult to connect to.
But still, like I said it isn’t bad at all. It’s still worth a read. The other characters especially Kana, Holland, and even the dog are likable enough to compensate for Danny’s flaws. Lol. And just check the list of cons I enumerated above.