“The only other Murakami book I've read was Kafka on the shore and it was one of the most peculiar but interesting and awesome books I've read. Maybe I'm queer or what but I liked it so I was kind of expecting this here. But it was actually quite normal, it was a pretty honest book about the dealings of first love and friendship and a lot of confusion actually. Also by the way, this is a book for mature readers as it deals with the sexual awakenings and explorations of various characters. But like Habibi, everything felt so real and honest.
I thought I'd be put off on how REALIST this book was and how common the writing style was. There were various bits of "I woke up this morning. I ate breakfast." Those kinds of sentences but Murakami did it in such a way that felt like it was just a journal entry or really they were just the thoughts of the person. The story was engaging and you couldn't wait to see how the life of the main character unfolds.
I really liked this book, it'd be a 4.5 in my books :D Every character was interesting and you really wanted to get to know them. Also, this showed an issue that I'm kind of interested of, regarding the suicide issue in Japan and the huge rate of it. You would definitely get to see the different mindset of Japanese teenagers and ponder at the same time, WHY WHY WHY did they do it? I've finished reading it and I still haven't really grasped it, maybe if I read it again. I was just as confused as the main character. I've felt like I've grown after reading this though. Books like these make you reflect and just ponder about your life.