exactly three days from now, i’ll be on a flight bound for tokyo!
i was a tiny kid the last time i visited tokyo, and i don’t remember much about it. after reading marie lu’s warcross and ruth ozeki’s a tale for time being, i realized how little i knew about this great city – and how much i wanted to know more about it.
and when the chance came – six days off after my finals! – i begged my mom to let me go to tokyo. and, to my great surprise and delight, she agreed to let me go!
Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she’s been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life. When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival–and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.