Fluttering cherry blossoms, gorgeous kimonos and sweet and sorrowful love.
For cake-loving college girl Hana, Japan was the romantic destination of her dreams. With boyfriend Jin she planned an exciting new life in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. But when she finally arrives after months of planning, Jin isn’t there.
Hana is left broken-hearted on a rainy Tokyo street. Jin left no note. One day he just walked out of classes and disappeared.
Hana begins her new life alone. Watching cherry blossoms fall into the Tokyo river. Working hard and delivering her lovely home-baked cakes by orange bicycle. Then she meets handsome young farmer Hikaru, and glimpses a new way forward – in an alien place where she doesn’t know a soul.
The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery by Su Young Lee
Author: Su Young Lee
Publishing Date: August 20th, 2020
Publisher: Young John Publishing
Cute cover, sweet and catchy blurb…Doesn’t it look like a good read?
I love books around food, I love baking, I love different cultural representation. This book betrayed me on some next level.
First- Blurb is so misleading, or you can say it is the whole story.
Second- Writing, It was repetitive and robotic.
Third-Characters doesn’t make any sense. I couldn’t connect to anyone.
Fourth-Cultural representation is so forced.
I get it that the author really has a thing for food. But this book turned into something else.
This book=recipe book+Masterchef+Food reviews
I don’t know where I’ll find these kinds of people in real life who just talk about food, from recipe to texture, from its origin to which soil or fertilizer they used. It was too much.
There was one paragraph where the author just defined apple: its texture, taste and whatever else and called it a sincere and honest apple- Are you kidding me?
It was clear in the start that Hana doesn’t have much saving, still, she kept spending her money on whatever food came in her sight. I was more concerned about her budget than she was.
People always had time to eat, even it was funeral, someone is on a death bed or they are in the middle of a job. Everyone was feeding others. *Please feed me too*
One thing which annoyed me a lot was that there were 3 kids in the book whose front teeth were missing and all of them were under 5. It is common knowledge that kids lost their first teeth when they are 6+. One kid can have an accident or something but all three kids…Why?
Hana’s conversations with this kid Leo made me cringe. Who dumps all those adult life problems on 4 years old?
The first 50 pages were so dragged nothing was happening but when I realized there are the chapters from Jin’s prospect, I was relieved that finally. But guess What? I wanted to bang my head in the wall after reading his side of the story.
The romance blurb talked about is the same amount as salt in a cake-a pinch.
Overall this was a positive read and the author tried to make a circle of events and some connection between the lives of all characters, but the story was hidden in layers of all of this food.
P.S. I guess Soy sauce is author’s favourite word.