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Binding: Paperback EAN: 9780689859489 ISBN: 0689859481 Label: Simon Pulse Manufacturer: Simon Pulse Number Of Items: 1 Number Of Pages: 224 Publication Date: 2003-06-01 Publisher: Simon Pulse Reading Level: Young Adult Studio: Simon Pulse
When I was six months old, I dropped from the sky -- the lone survivor of a deadly Japanese plane crash. The newspapers called me Heaven. I was adopted by a wealthy family in Tokyo, pampered, and protected. For nineteen years, I thought I was lucky.
I'm learning how wrong I was.
They say your life begins on your wedding day.
Here's what happened on mine:
I lost the person I love most.
I learned that everything I knew about my family was a lie.
Now I'm being hunted. I must fight back, or die.
My life ended that day.
The old Heaven is gone.
I AM SAMURAI GIRL.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Entertaining, but no Classic. Comment: I wont bother summarizing this book, since other reviews have already done that in great detail. Go look at one of those! =) Sure, this book isn't entirely believable. It may not be miraculously deep or insightful, but it's still a fun read. Samurai girl is a short, and simple book. If you're looking for something challenging or complex, this isn't for you. However, if you're just looking for an easy read, with like-able characters and a fun plot, this is perfect! Customer Rating: Summary: I wish this were a joke Comment: This book is an example of the sum of every Japaneses stereotype rolled up into something that attempts to tell a story. Everyone in Japan is not a ninja, a samurai, a yakuza, or related to a powerful businessman. I know that books are an escape from reality, but I would rather have a brain aneurysm or enter a deep coma to escape from reality than read this book. The author obviously knows nothing about Japan or it's culture. If you think you will learn anything by reading this book you are wrong, you are only helping perpetuate stereotypes.
I only hope that the author is playing some cruel trick on the world, and she is creating a series steeped in ignorance to show us all how dumb we really are when it comes to other cultures. Customer Rating: Summary: Samurai Girl Grazes, But Doesn't K.O. Comment: Samurai Girl is a great idea for a novel. And the plot begins well, but as the first book in the series, it feels too much like a teaser and not a stand alone book. Great insight into a girl's thought process and even into the cultural aspects of her life/family. However, some essential plot features were never answered in this book: what did her father want to tell her? And much of the book seemed to meander to it's climatic ending. Yes, it makes me want to get the next book to find out these answers, but not because I was satisfied with this story. Customer Rating: Summary: Low Substantiality Comment: Finally, an actual book with an Asian heroine! If you think about it, there are no actual Asian or Indian figures, not to mention Native American, Middle Eastern, or HIspanic figures, in American pop culture. Movies or books that COUlD be about someone from any race, and don't pertain to any particular culture, are usually about White people. Now, I'm not prejudiced. Being Asian and having experienced prejudice and ignorance in my lifetime, I really shouldn't be. I know this book really HAD to be about a Japanese girl, but it is nice to actually read a book about someone who is Asian.
That being said, it's time to move on to the actual book.
When I first picked this book up, I expected it to be some sort of weird time travelly novel, what with the whole samurai thingy. I felt the title was a bit misleading, which is why I gave the book three stars.
I also gave the book three stars because it wasn't really substantial literature. I understand not all teen novels are very substantial, and by that, I don't mean short, I mean, well, substantial. The Clique novels are substantial. Books by Meg Cabot are somewhat substantial, but not really. This series is VERY low on that meter. It was good to occupy your time with, but not something very memorable, nor was it very well written. Customer Rating: Summary: Cool book Comment: i love this book. it was cool. i can't wait to read the next one. can't wait, can't wait!!!