Am I the only one who feels guilty abandoning a book midway? I know there are many great novels that have a slow beginning and end up being amazing. For example, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah began a bit slow, but I ended up getting hooked at some point and now it is definitely one of my favorites! As for Rainbirds, I was not feeling this book at all, I felt it dragged for a good while, but I was determined to finish it to see if by any chance the plot thickened or it had a surprise ending of some kind.
It begins with the main character, Ren, finding out about the death of his sister and him traveling to the city where she lived, Akakawa. He meets with the police to provide any information he has, and also to collect her belongings and what not. To be honest, it was a pretty sad story as he goes through flashbacks of memories with his sister, and of course all the regrets he has of not spending more time with her and visiting her more often. He also has very distant parents, zero close friends, and a girlfriend he totally abandons in Tokyo, because he doesn’t know how to deal with his emotions. I know I myself tend to live in a glass case of emotions, but this guy seemed like a robot! I kind of wanted to punch him in the face!
The other two characters during his time in Akakawa were meh. One of them, Honda, a fellow school teacher, is the only one who Ren seems to connect with at some level, but only because he knew his sister. The other frequent character, “Seven Stars”, is a teen girl who annoyed the shit out of me the whole time with her dumb teenage angst. I just can’t with lame teenagers! Although she did have somewhat of a traumatic childhood, I still can’t help but to want to slap her a majority of the time during the story (I swear I’m not a violent person! LOL). SIDE NOTE – I’m dreading the day when my daughter goes through that teenage angst phase! I know we all have to have experiences and learn as we grow up, I just hope I don’t screw her up too bad!
In the end, Ren ends up discovering some pretty dark secrets about his past and his sister’s, but that was it, nothing else. I suppose he learned he waited until it was too late to let his sister know he really cared for her and appreciated all she did for him when they were younger. I just didn’t feel that sense of satisfaction when it ended and I hate that. This is the author’s first novel, and this is my first book review blog, so I don’t want to be a Judgy McJudgerson, but I’m hoping her writing will improve (along with mine:) and maybe her next novel will be better!
Thanks for checking out my first book review! 🙂 Stay Salty!