This book is told in the third person point of view and the story starts in the mind of Shizuko Okuda. She is dreaming about the celebration going on in Kobe, Japan after the war has ended. She is confused because all of the children that are running around are not the ones that she played with be...more
In the aftermath of her mother’s suicide, twelve year old Yuki can’t believe this. Not through packing away all the favorite blues and greens of her mother’s closet before the funeral. Not through her father’s suspiciously prompt remarriage to his secretary. And in the years that follow, even as she appears as the accomplished track star and class president...more
By Kyoko Mori
This is one of the saddest book a person could ever come across. It's about a young Japanese girl's life who's life changes. That girl's name is Yuki. Yuki is a smart girl and she is brilliant! Yuki goes through some difficulty by having her own mother die. It wasn't Yuki's fault that she died. The father is a a terrible person, just like the step-mother trying to be in place of Yuki's mom. When the stepmother moved in, there were arguments and nothing we...more
By Kyoko Mori
If you read this you would feel bad for the main character in this story. Yuki, a girl of little age loses her mother because her mom, Shizuko has commited suicide. Yuki can't accept the fact that her mom has left her. Did she leave her because she didn't love Yuki anymore? Now Yuki lives with a father who doesn't love her and a stepmom who hates her and treats her badly. It is somewhat like a cinderella story. Shizuko knew that her h...more
Author: Mori, Kyoko
Pages: 214 pages
Publisher / Year: The Random House Publishing Group / 1993
Why I Read It: A book from my school's summer reading book list
General Summary: In Japan, twelve year old Yuki struggles with her mother's death, her distant father and her stepmother.
Let the review commence!:
Don't let the general summary fools you. The book is more interesting than it sounds.
The plot is quite common, but the author is able to enchant the...more
I generally dislike books about suicide. With the exception of Romeo and Juliet, I find them a little crass. Here, however, the subject is handled quietly, and without sensationalism. I liked the unflinching portrait of...more
Yuki is honest, rare, and sincere -- she isn't afraid to tell it the way it is. There are things in the book that mirror real life and it is by no means a fairy tale. Where you feel the need for resolution or find yourself hoping that someone will finally see things the way they are, they just don't. There is no sudden breakdown of apologies, admittance of...more
Kyoko Mori ISBN: 0-449-70433-5
Shizuko's Daughter by Kyoko Mori is not like any other book that you have read in the world. It is like your grandmother walking into your head, cooking your favorite meal, and making you feel like you are at home. It will take first place on the top of your book list once you have finished reading the book. There is so much motivation, determindnation and bravery coming out of a little girl that is not even a teenager yet.
As a young gir...more
As a novel, however, I en...more
By: Kyoko Mori
Shizuko's daughter is about an unhappy woman named Shizuko. Shizuko is not happy and fears that her daughter Yuki is noticing, which is why she decieds to commit suicide. Shizuko died thinking that her action would benefit Yuki, but what Shizuko didn't know was that Yuki didn't know what Shizuko wanted for her.
Yuki was left with her father and stepmother. This story is written in third and first person point of view making...more
Overall the book was actually kind of boring (in my opinion) although eventually I started to like it because it got interest...more
I thought this book was written really well and i thought that from the characters perspective you can learn a lot of things. I was able to learn the pains of...more
Mori's life changed completely at age 12, when her mother died. He...more