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Himawari House
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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A young adult graphic novel about three foreign exchange students and the pleasures, and difficulties, of adjusting to living in Japan. Living in a new country is no walk in the parkNao, Hyejung, and Tina can all attest to that. The three of them became fast friends through living together in the Himawari House in Tokyo and attending the same Japanese cram school. Nao came to Japan to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, while Hyejung and Tina came to find freedom and their own paths. Though each of them has her own motivations and challenges, they all deal with language barriers, being a fish out of water, self discovery, love, and family.
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RealLifeReading
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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On the last day of 2022, here are the rest of the books that stuck to me, whether because of unforgettable characters, setting, plot, beautiful writing or a combination of all. I had a wonderful year of reading. I hope you did too. Happy new year!

wanderinglynn Awesome! Several of these are on my TBR. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Happy New Year!! 🎈🎊🎆 4w
batsy Happy New Year! 🎉 4w
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LibrarianRyan
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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3 ⭐ This graphic novel is an everyday look about a group of international people who live together in Tokyo, Japan. Our main character is coming from America. She was born in Japan but immigrated to the US as a child. While in the US, she purposely forgot her language and culture, so she could assimilate into American society.

LibrarianRyan However, upon graduating high school, she realizes that she lost her heritage and is seeking to find it again with a gap year in Tokyo. Also in the house is a girl who is coming from Korea, one who is coming from Singapore, and two boys. They are all there to learn not only Japanese but English and other things. They each have different goals such as getting a job or getting into universities, and some don‘t know what they want. All they know is 2mo
LibrarianRyan they are in this house together and making the best of life. Overall, this book was long and kind of boring. It‘s a character study. The art is well done, but it‘s not the type of story that I enjoy. It fills a gap in my reading challenges, and it did just win the Kirkus book award for best YA book of 2022. 2mo
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OliviaV
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Probably one of my favourite comics.
Such an interesting adventure and made me think about how people feel when there different ethnicities then where they live. The characters all had their own struggles and worked through them with the help of the people that they love. The baba made my heart melt.

5⭐️

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ninergrl6
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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This might be my favorite graphic novel I‘ve ever read (which admittedly is a small sample). Sweet, funny, poignant story about three young adults who individually move to Japan from various parts of the world & live together for a year. Nice portrayal of friendship & found family as the girls get to know each other & themselves. The plot was easy to follow despite multiple languages & phonetic spellings. I would love more! #teachersoflitsy

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xicanti
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Tonight‘s garden reading. This comic about international students in Japan is lovely so far!

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Kenyazero
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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I absolutely loved this! The story & characters are well developed. It was wonderful watching the dynamics form between three women from very different backgrounds as they settle into Japan. I loved the exploration of placelessness Nao experiences, the lost life‘s path feeling from Tina, and Hyejung‘s feeling trapped in her old life. It was also fun trying to work my way through the Japanese text, but having the english text to support me.

xicanti Ooh, I picked this up from the library tonight! Now I‘m even more excited for it. 7mo
Kenyazero @xicanti Ha, oh I didn‘t even spot it when I was looking at your windy day ride post! I hope you enjoy it! (edited) 7mo
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kaarnalaiva
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Oh wow, this was so good. I laughed, I cried, and really related to some of the stuff in there. This was an excellent read and as a language professional this warmed my heart a whole lot. I only wish it was longer!

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BookishTrish
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Nao was born in Japan and raised in the US. She takes a gap year in Japan and bonds with the other residents of Himawari House. A sweet look at life between two cultures and early adult friendships. Much less intense and dramatic than my own gap year experiences, but still a fun read.

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Sarahreadstoomuch
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Beautifully illustrated graphic novel following three young adults studying abroad in Japan for a year. They are either running away from something or toward the idea of something…. And very strong friendships develop. #readmyowndamnbooks

lostinwords Aren‘t we all🤓 - until we learn to be. Sounds as if this might be an entertaining read. 12mo
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Lunakay
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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I read this in one sitting, a very moving and funny look at what it's like to find your way in a foreign country (in this case Japan). We follow the three protagonists for a year - I loved how they all struggle with languages, how they get better at them and how the relationships between the residents of Hawari House deepen and transform.
I was as sad as they were, that the year was already over. I'd love to meet them all again.

🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

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RealLifeReading
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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I loved how the different languages were used – casually, yet effectively showing us how it is to struggle in this multilingual world. It feels weird to write this but it shows that Asian people are different, are distinct. The Korean girl is unique, the Singaporean girl is unique, the Japanese-American girl is unique. We are Asian, and to many people we may look similar, but we are so different from each other.

Bookzombie Great to see you and great review! 🙂 12mo
TrishB Hi 👋 12mo
JamieArc Great to see back on Litsy! 12mo
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LeahBergen This is such a tasty-looking photo! 12mo
RealLifeReading @Bookzombie hello and thanks! It‘s been a while! 12mo
RealLifeReading @TrishB hi Trish! 12mo
RealLifeReading @JamieArc thank you 😊 12mo
RealLifeReading @LeahBergen thanks! It‘s full of Lunar New Year snacks! 😀 12mo
mhillis This looks really good! 12mo
Lunakay I picked it up after your review and I absolutely loved it! Anyone who spent time abroad will really feel the struggles! Thanks so much for the recommendation!🌸 12mo
RealLifeReading @Lunakay that‘s great to hear! Also thanks for letting me know 😀 12mo
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violabrain
Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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I don‘t usually like graphic novels much, but I absolutely loved this one. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I absolutely loved the story. Her illustrations of the characters‘ facial expressions are so amazingly expressive. If you like graphic novels, I can‘t recommend this highly enough. And even if you don‘t, you should give it a read!