Shizuko's Daughter

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Shizuko's Daughter

Shizuko s Daughter LyricalA beautifully written book about a bitterly painful coming of age THE KIRKUS REVIEWSYuki Okuda knows her mother would be proud of her grades and her achievements in sports if she were alive But

  • Title: Shizuko's Daughter
  • Author: Kyoko Mori
  • ISBN: 9780449704332
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • LyricalA beautifully written book about a bitterly painful coming of age THE KIRKUS REVIEWSYuki Okuda knows her mother would be proud of her grades and her achievements in sports if she were alive But she committed suicide And Yuki has to learn how to live with a father who doesn t seem to love her and a stepmother who treats her badly Most important, she has to le LyricalA beautifully written book about a bitterly painful coming of age THE KIRKUS REVIEWSYuki Okuda knows her mother would be proud of her grades and her achievements in sports if she were alive But she committed suicide And Yuki has to learn how to live with a father who doesn t seem to love her and a stepmother who treats her badly Most important, she has to learn how to live with herself a twelve year old Japanese girl growing up alone, trying to make sense of a tragedy that makes no sense at all.

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    1. Nancy on said:

      Shizuko’s DaughterKyoko Mori208 pagesThe Ballantine Publishing Group$6.50ISBN# 0-449-70433-5 How many times in life have you been hurt? What do you do about it? Twelve years old Yuki is so young and she is facing many difficult problems. “You’re so good; you’re only twelve and so brave! Your mom would be so proud.” Everyone around Yuki says those sentences to her and she is tired of hearing this every time. She wanted more than a couple of sentences; she wanted love from her family. T [...]

    2. Quirkyreader on said:

      This is a story that deals with a family tragedy. Spoiler Alert. The tragedy is the suicide of one of the characters. And the rest of the book deals with the fall out of the characters actions.This book can be helpful to those who have also gone through one of these fall outs. Events like this need plenty of time for healing. So please be respectful to others who are going throught this. But mostly if you know of so one who is in dire straights don't be quiet. Let others know.

    3. Staciesakuma on said:

      The genre of this book is Intergenerational readers and fiction. I chose this book because I read another book by Kyoko Mori (One Bird) and loved it. I wanted to see what her other book was about.Plot: This book is told in the third person point of view and the story starts in the mind of Shizuko Okuda. She is dreaming about the celebration going on in Kobe, Japan after the war has ended. She is confused because all of the children that are running around are not the ones that she played with be [...]

    4. Kaion on said:

      “In spite of this, please believe that I love you… You will no doubt get over this and be a brilliant woman. Don’t let me stop or delay you.”In the aftermath of her mother’s suicide, twelve year old Yuki can’t believe this. Not through packing away all the favorite blues and greens of her mother’s closet before the funeral. Not through her father’s suspiciously prompt remarriage to his secretary. And in the years that follow, even as she appears as the accomplished track star and [...]

    5. Esther on said:

      Shizuko's Daughter is compelling because it explores the world of a young Japanese girl who has to deal with the numbness, emptiness, loneliness, and abandonment as a result of her mother's suicide, and the anger and hatred she feels towards her "new" family and new life without her mother. Yuki, the protagonist, feels that her mother didn't love Yuki and thought that she was a reason not to live, so she killed herself. But Yuki doesn't know that Shizuko has always loved her, and killed herself [...]

    6. Susan on said:

      Shizuko and her daughter Yuki are artists, and this book is written so it helps readers see what the artist's eye sees: wherever Yuki looks, whatever is going on in her life, she sees colors, and the colors have meaning. This is part of what makes this story much more complex than "mother dies, kid suffers with remote father and hateful step-mother,kid gets old enough and moves out" though that pretty much sums up the plot line. What makes the book worth reading, though, is how Yuki processes ev [...]

    7. Kirsten on said:

      A YA novel about Yuki, a Japanese girl whose mother commits suicide when Yuki is twelve. The author does an excellent job of conveying Yuki's sense of difference from other children, as well as her confusion about what to feel towards her mother. I did feel frustrated in that Yuki's stepmother, Hanae, is pretty much unrelentingly meanspirited, and Yuki's father isn't much better. I suppose, however, that while in the third person, the novel is told predominantly from Yuki's point of view, so Han [...]

    8. Firefly_1824 on said:

      While I've read others' opinions that said this wasn't very interesting (it's not very active), I do find it very Japanese, in that most of the story takes places in the character's heads. There is a lot of thinking inside with much less action outside. In this respect it is a very introspective novel, and deals with many deep issues.

    9. Corinne Morier on said:

      Cue spoiler-free review!Yuki is only twelve when her mother commits suicide. Her father almost immediately remarries, to a woman in his office named Hanae. Yuki knows that her father was having an affair with Hanae before her mother's death, but keeps her mouth shut, instead deciding to honor her mother's memory by going on and living her life, as she had promised her mother years ago.The novel is a collection of snippets from Yuki's life, from the time she's twelve and discovers her mother on t [...]

    10. Chazzi on said:

      I'm marking this a "really liked it" as I think it will stay with me for quite a while. I had to put it down a few times as the subject matter got a bit heavy.Yuki Okuda is a bright, artistic and athletic 12 year old girl. Her mother, Shizuko, spend much time together drawing, painting, reading, enjoying the beauty of Nature and music. Yuki's father spends most of his time away from home working or otherwise busy. This world comes to an abrupt end when Yuki comes home from piano lessons to find [...]

    11. Emily on said:

      I was gearing up for our Japan trip and realized most of the Japanese books I've read are by Murakami, who is not my favorite. Cue: a library holds stack of Japanese women.Mori provides a compelling, semi-autobiographical glimpse into the inner life of a 12-year-old Japanese girl in the aftermath of her mother's suicide. I read this as a companion to some of Mori's more straightforward autobiographical work, which provides a lot more background for the limitations Japanese culture and marriage t [...]

    12. Savannah Beckstrom on said:

      I've read this book back in high school and I remember how beautifully written it was, I would defiantly love to read it over again if given the chance!

    13. Rebecca on said:

      I don't remember how I found this one ( book order?), but it became one of my favorites as a teen, with its serious, introverted protagonist and artful writing.

    14. SusanHamilton on said:

      The book mirrors Kyoko Mori's upbringing, but ultimately fell flat for me -- realistically because it's audience is teens and it does not provide enough depth for adult readers. Had I read it as a teen, a might have given it a much higher rating.

    15. Kaotic on said:

      Warning: To those deeply affected by trigger words, phrases and situations - this may not be the easiest read due to suicide being the main focus of the novel. The novel was a pretty easy read, most likely meant for young high school students. It's a pretty good read all and all, especially if you are interested in cultural novels that help give you a deeper understanding of home lives. As you may have guessed, Shizuko's Daughter takes place in Japan during the late 1960's and early 1970's. The [...]

    16. Yuan lin on said:

      I think this book is acually a very surprising and shocking book because its something i've never really seen myself in real life! I get really curious when something else comes up all of a sudden, but somehow not all the exciting parts continue. And i really wonder what had happened. Its a great book about life experience and it just makes me wonder alot like what kind of people are some of the characters in the book. I think this book teaches a really deep lesson that i think alot of people wi [...]

    17. Jenny on said:

      Shizuko's Daughter$6.50    Kyoko Mori ISBN: 0-449-70433-5  Shizuko's Daughter by Kyoko Mori is not like any other book that you have read in the world. It is like your grandmother walking into your head, cooking your favorite meal, and making you feel like you are at home. It will take first place on the top of your book list once you have finished reading the book. There is so much motivation, determindnation and bravery coming out of a little girl that is not even a teenager yet.     [...]

    18. Sen on said:

      Title: Shizuko's DaughterAuthor: Mori, KyokoPages: 214 pagesGenre: Realistic-fictionPublisher / Year: The Random House Publishing Group / 1993Why I Read It: A book from my school's summer reading book listGeneral Summary: In Japan, twelve year old Yuki struggles with her mother's death, her distant father and her stepmother.Let the review commence!:Don't let the general summary fools you. The book is more interesting than it sounds. The plot is quite common, but the author is able to enchant the [...]

    19. Eskana on said:

      This book was captivating in several ways, but above all, it was the story of a girl, the protagonist Yuki, who struggles to move on after her mother commits suicide in 1960s Japan.The book is written in a very interesting way; every chapter is set very far apart, some skipping months while others skip a year or more. (This makes sense, since at the end of the book, it says that several chapters were written and published independently by the author previous to the novel's publication.) Despite [...]

    20. Annette on said:

      I thought Shizuko's Daughter was a really meaningful book. I had several emotions as I read the book. In the beginning, when Shizuko was still alive, I understood that she loved her daughter a lot but. Unfortunately, she was left no choice but to commit suicide because her husband cheating on her. After her Shizuko's death, Yuki, her daughter, had a horrible relationship with her father and his new wife. She wouldn't except her as a new mother. This left them speechless whenever they are togethe [...]

    21. Cindy on said:

      Shizuko's Daughter(Mass Market Paperback)By Kyoko MoriCindy XuIf you read this you would feel bad for the main character in this story. Yuki, a girl of little age loses her mother because her mom, Shizuko has commited suicide. Yuki can't accept the fact that her mom has left her. Did she leave her because she didn't love Yuki anymore? Now Yuki lives with a father who doesn't love her and a stepmom who hates her and treats her badly. It is somewhat like a cinderella story. Shizuko knew that her h [...]

    22. Sarah Jacquie on said:

      My mum found this for me and while I didn't start it immediately, once I did it was a comfortable page turner and I finished it the same day.Yuki is honest, rare, and sincere -- she isn't afraid to tell it the way it is. There are things in the book that mirror real life and it is by no means a fairy tale. Where you feel the need for resolution or find yourself hoping that someone will finally see things the way they are, they just don't. There is no sudden breakdown of apologies, admittance of [...]

    23. Kenny on said:

      Review on Shizuko's DaughterBy Kyoko MoriThis is one of the saddest book a person could ever come across. It's about a young Japanese girl's life who's life changes. That girl's name is Yuki. Yuki is a smart girl and she is brilliant! Yuki goes through some difficulty by having her own mother die. It wasn't Yuki's fault that she died. The father is a a terrible person, just like the step-mother trying to be in place of Yuki's mom. When the stepmother moved in, there were arguments and nothing we [...]

    24. Laurel on said:

      I was required to read this book for my global Literature class. At first, I thought this would boring, but I was wrong. Shizuko's Daughter is a wonderful book that enable you to symphasize with Yuki, the protagonist of the story. In the story, Yuki has cope with her mother death, and live with her father (who doesn't care about her) and her evil stepmother. Yuki blames her father for her mother's death, since her mother comitted suicide to escape her unhappy life. A few months after her mother' [...]

    25. Tyler on said:

      The thematic use of family in a young adult novel is somewhat unusual and perhaps indicative of the multicultural focus of this book. Standard young adult rules are the parents are never involved (and they aren't really in this one) nor are they a central focus (which they are in this). I'm not quite sure how American teenagers would respond to this as it's more first social stage. First being family usually until around age 10, second being peers until around 18-20, third being individual.Due t [...]

    26. Travis on said:

      I liked this a lot. I kept feeling surprised at it for some reason and finally I realised why. It felt very normal in a way I am not sure I've ever seen in a book about Japan written in English (as in, not translated from Japanese). Even when the author isn't white, if they're writing for an English-speaking audience, there's often a tinge of exoticism (sometimes more than a tinge), but there wasn't any of that here at all. Sadly, the cover illustration tries to make up for that by showing a gir [...]

    27. Zhen on said:

      This novel describes a girl who has came home and found her mother dead in the kitchen. Her mother, Shizuko, left her a note telling her what she wanted to say and another note for her father. Yuki, the protagonist, was very depressed with her mother's death and not even that but she found out her father had an affair with another women. And now she has to move in with them. Yuki and her father's relationships were never well because her father was always at work so she is very close with her mo [...]

    28. Briynne on said:

      I actually liked this book a lot. Maybe four stars is too many, but I'm giving it anyway. There was a lovely delicacy about the story and characters. Everyone seemed like they could disappear from the pages as suddenly as Shizuko at any moment, if perhaps not for the same reason. I generally dislike books about suicide. With the exception of Romeo and Juliet, I find them a little crass. Here, however, the subject is handled quietly, and without sensationalism. I liked the unflinching portrait of [...]

    29. Victoria Whipple on said:

      Yuki and her mother have a beautiful relationship. Her mother is gentle and loving, and Yuki adores her and prefers her company to friends her own age. Her life is turned upside down when her mother commits suicide. Her father has always been an absent figure in her life, though he lived in the same house. For the year after her mother's death, Yuki lives with her aunt, but must return when her father remarries. Her relationship with her father never improves, and his new wife certainly doesn't [...]

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