pbr // nora & kettle

I figured I’ve procrastinated on my reviews long enough. Currently feeling quite un-eloquent, so excuse me while I get down with the facts.


picky book reviews // nora & kettle

the good

  • Japanese Peter Pan with his pretty, blue eyes looking after lost children in the 1950s.
  • the 1950’s post-war grime, cloth caps pulled over his eyes, ‘pardon me, Miss,’ and all that.
  • he’s so good. The world dumped their rubbish on him, but he’s still full of goodness.
  • Nora’s sweet little sister Frankie with her hearing aid and her painfully, naive innocence. The way she speaks is spot on.
  • Big, beefy, adorable Kin – Ikeda Katsutoshi – protective, full of righteous energy. He reminds me of my brother.
  • Lyrical prose. Confined claustrophobic setting.
  • Lots of running.
  • The fragile, tentative romance blossoming around Kettle and Nora


the bad

  • it’ll be bad if there isn’t another book. I need to know what happens to my sons and daughters.
  • this is not really bad, but the realistic portrayal of domestic abuse and violence was raw and painful to read. I can’t say if it was spot on, having never experience it. But i wrenched my gut, that it did.


the verdict




This is a must read for anyone that loves good writing, Peter Pan and book boys that give you those unrealistic expectations.

Dashie xx


“What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?”

Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them” things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.

Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naive, eighteen-year-old Nora the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.

– From Goodreads




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