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Review: Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn
Published: Viking Children’s Books (Penguin)
Released: June 14, 2012
Source: Purchased

This was a fun read, especially while on vacation. I love Japan and almost anything to do with Japan, though I’ve never once visited. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I discovered it a couple months ago, and I was not disappointed.
I always love these whodunit mysteries that always leave you guessing. You think it’s character A because it’s so obviously character A, and yet you question your guess because that’s TOO obvious. I’m always unsure of my guesses because of this, and maybe that just highlights a character flaw about myself, but I can’t be the only one like that. Everytime Violet latched on to a new suspect I was like OF COURSE! How could it not be them?! Only to find out, well yeah that’s why it couldn’t have been them… Some people might get frustrated with those kinds of stories but I love them. In the end I wasn’t really all that surprised by one of the involved suspects, but I was just a touch disappointed because I’d liked what we see early on of that character.
Violet has to be one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s just so real. Bursting with ideas, but also the insecurity that virtually everyone deals with at that age. She’s very creative and artistic. I love how she’s drawing her own manga and using that as an outlet for figuring out her ideas on the case. I also love how she uses kimono fabrics to create scarves. Absolutely adore that. All the secondary characters are great as well, and I would have liked to have seen more of Edge, even though romance isn’t really the focus of the book. I’m just a romantic, what can I say? The only thing that marred this book in any way for me was how readily the FBI were taking tips from a teen. That seems a tad bit unrealistic, but then again what do I know? Anything is possible.

For Keeps by Natasha Friend

For Keeps by Natasha Friend Publisher: Viking (Imprint of Penguin)
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Source: Bought
Rating: 3/5 – It was okay. Cover: 3/5
Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository

Summary from Good Reads:
For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It’s been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that’s how Josie likes it. Until one day, in the pet food aisle of Shop-Co, they run into the parents of Paul Tucci, Kate’s high school boyfriend—the father Josie has never met. If Mr. and Mrs. Tucci are back in town, it’s only a matter of time until Paul shows up. Suddenly Josie’s mature, capable mother regresses to the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie’s on the verge of having her first real boyfriend, while her free-loving best friend, Liv, begins yet another no-strings-attached fling. When Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci, she finds herself questioning what she’s always believed about her parents—and about herself. In FOR KEEPS, Natasha Friend tells a fresh, funny, smart story about what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.

My thoughts on the book:

I wanted to love this book because I can relate to it on a personal level. Now that I’ve sat for a couple of days thinking about it, it just didn’t meet my expectations.

The interaction between the two families were very brief. I would have loved to see more especially between Josie and her father, maybe a time where they actually hang out for a day to start the process of getting to know each other. We were given little to nothing in terms of interaction with the rest of her new family. One uncle is mentioned but never talked to, while the other swoops in to save the moment, then swoops right back out never to be seen in those pages again. We get the grandmother through Josie, instead of from her.

The one thing I did like was Josie’s reactions. She reacted in such a real, believable way to the whole situation. Much like I think I’d act in that situation, and I’m nearing 24 instead of being 16