Wednesday 22 November 2023

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami | Book Review

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Heaven by Mieko Kawakami
My rating: 3/5
Publisher: Picador 
Publication date: 12th May 2022

In Heaven, a fourteen-year-old boy is tormented for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, he chooses to suffer in silence. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate, Kojima, who experiences similar treatment at the hands of her bullies.

Providing each other with immeasurable consolation at a time in their lives when they need it most, the two young friends grow closer than ever. But what, ultimately, is the nature of a friendship when your shared bond is terror?

Our unnamed protagonist is a fourteen year old boy who is being bullied at school, mostly by two other teens; Nanomiya and Momose, because he has a lazy eye. He starts receiving letters from a girl called Kojima. She also gets bullied because she is dirty and unkempt and because they understand each other, she thinks they should be friends.

This was a hard read due to the descriptions of the bullying that both of the characters go through but there is also a philosophical aspect to the story and it makes us think about morals. It is beautifully written but very sad and raw.

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