The engaging psycho-emotional journey of Yōko Kinoshita, a brilliant and nonconformist Japanese teenager, a stubborn and rebellious sixteen year old girl, poised between childhood and adulthood. The enchanting Nipponese prefecture of Nagano perfectly frames this sui generis novel in all respects unpredictable and compelling. An authentic journey, both psychic and viscerally sensory, through the eyes, heart and mind of a girl with a spirit in turmoil, grappling with an autobiographical composition and in constant search for perfect love. The text is direct, immediate, cheeky. Sometimes raw. The protagonist is pragmatic but dreamy, angular, brilliant and magnificently solitary. Free from any veiling and compromise whatsoever, Yōko literally catapults us into an entirely youthful vision and does so in an exquisitely feminine perspective, undoubtedly giving rise to new insights in younger readers, as to food for thought in the more mature. Yōko is a novel that gets to the point, without hesitation, describing with absolute effectiveness that decisive step between two well defined existential phases. One of a kind, Yōko springs firmly from the author’s shrewd pen and is punctuated by a tight and strongly epidermal narrative rhythm. The constant analysis the protagonist, overburdened by her own reasoning, carries out on herself and on the world around her is an undeniable source of identification for anyone, leading the reader to interpret every event through the same visual field of the character whose vision, inevitably, merges with one’s own. Yōko is a romantically carnal and carnally romantic novel, platonically sanguine and, de facto, unprecedented. The true love coveted by the protagonist is a diegetic fulcrum, a thematic hinge Yōko’s various experiences will revolve around, without disdaining sapphic nuances.
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