Book Review : Summer Haikus by S J Pajonas

September 3, 2015 Book review 10 ★★★★★

See how cute and romantic that cover is?  Well feel free to judge this book by the cover because it IS cute and romantic and I absolutely loved it.

Book Review : Summer Haikus by S J PajonasSummer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas
Published by self published on August 6th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Love & Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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"When it comes to fight or flight, I always choose to run like hell.”
Isa planned the perfect summer: Tokyo and the Summer Olympics — check. Helping her best friend prepare for the marathon — check. Forgetting she's in love with Masa — double check.
But when Isa's mother is hospitalized, she has to abandon her summer plans to run the family's Tokyo business. Masa’s offer to help makes it impossible for Isa to ignore him — and the firecracker kiss they shared half a world away. Everyone expects the world of her, but the pressure to please them all is as oppressive as the Tokyo summer heat. The simplest answer to all her problems? Run.

First Line of Summer Haikus by S J Pajonas:

“Ripples of energy shoot up my legs as my feet hit the pavement, one stride in front of the other.”

My Thoughts on Summer Haikus by S J Pajonas

I don’t hand out 5 stars easily and when I picked up this one, I thought I’d get a light, summery read but I never expected it to be 5 stars.  There were so many things I loved though that there was no way it deserved anything less than that.

Things I loved about Summer Haikus by S J Pajonas:

  • Location, location, location:  It’s mostly set in Japan. Isa who is American Japanese is going to spend the summer with her mother who relocated to Japan a few years previously.  And the setting was fab, I feel like I learned so much about Japanese culture and customs by reading it.  Now it’s firmly on my list of must-visit destinations.
  • Planner Girl:  Isa is a planner nerd just like me.  She carries her planner everywhere and the descriptions of her stickers and washi tape collection made my little planner heart beat faster.  I had planner envy!  And would love to have seen some pages from it!
  • Isa is a grafter:  I loved how hard-working Isa is.  She helps train her Olympic bound friend and makes sure she is well taken care of to help towards her college costs.  She has her own YouTube channel.  In Japan, she works at her mother’s ryokan (inn) and she puts her heart and soul in to her job.  I love that about her.
  • Knotty Family Relationships:  Family life is never perfect, we all have drama and some family members are irrational.  That’s life and Summer Haikus captures that perfectly.  You never doubt the love but that doesn’t stop the arguments and the misunderstandings.  It never felt over dramatic, it just felt very real and quite painful at times.
  • Sweet romance!  The romance was perfect!  No insta-love, no overly-possessive-bad-boy vibe, no game playing.  It managed to be both tender and passionate and gave me all the feels.

Overall this book is super kawaii cute.  The characters felt very lifelike and I felt that by the end of it that I knew them personally.  So much so that I even wanted to watch Isa’s YouTube channel and felt a little sad that it only existed within this book.  Highly recommended!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read Summer Haikus by S J Pajonas?

Strongly recommended to you if you are looking to add more diversity to your reads, if you like hard-working, likeable, realistic characters and books with complex family relationships.  Oh and a sweet romance! I think it’s perfect for fans of books such as Party Girl by Rachel Hollis or Connectivity by Aven Ellis.


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10 Responses to “Book Review : Summer Haikus by S J Pajonas”

  1. Lola

    Well it is a light summery read, but it’s so much more as well. I loved this book and I am so glad to hear you loved this one as well. I agree that the setting was very well done and I enjoyed learning more about the japanese culture.

    I could relate to Isa as I am also a planner! And indeed the family relationships were done very well, with some drama, but it felt very realistic as well.

    I loved the romance in this book, I have a soft spot for friends-to-lovers romances and it was just so sweet how their romance developed. I also liekd how they solved problems they ran into by talking it out. Great Review!
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    • trish

      Well your review was one of those that made me want to read this one and I’m so glad I took note! I just loved that setting, I felt immersed in Japan and learnt so much. And the planning aspect was fun. Actually the whole book just ticked lots of boxes for me.

    • trish

      I was the same, apart from a few books set during WW2, I had never read a book set in Japan. So it was a lot of fun and I learnt loads too. Oh wait till you hear about her planner and all her supplies, you’ll be sick with envy! 🙂

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