Tuesday 1 August 2023

Book Review: This is Amiko, Do You Copy? by Imamura Natsuko (Contemporary Fiction)

Title: This is Amiko, Do You Copy?
Author: Imamura Natsuko
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: 31 October 2023 (2011)
Pages: 128
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: ARC via Edelweiss

Other people don’t seem to understand Amiko. Whether eating curry rice with her hands at school or peeking through the sliding doors at her mother’s calligraphy class, her curious, exuberant nature mostly meets with confusion.

When her mother falls into a depression and her brother begins spending all his time with a motorcycle gang, Amiko is left increasingly alone to navigate a world where she doesn’t quite fit.

Subtle, tender and moving, This is Amiko shows us life through the eyes of a unique, irrepressible, neurodivergent young character.


This is Amiko, Do You Copy? was a book I finished in a single sitting but which I am still contemplating in regards to my feelings towards it. The take is told entirely from Amiko's POV, which makes it feel simplistic at times despite the often difficult subject matter. It was interesting to see how she viewed the world and the events taking place around her, but at the same time, I felt a little detached from her as a character. When I turned the final page, I felt that the book had been interesting, but I hadn't engaged with it on a deeper level. It's probably most suitable for those who enjoy vignette-style stories where you are just getting a glimpse of someone's world rather than a story will a distinct beginning, middle and end. I am giving it 3.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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