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Megume and the Trees

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Fifteen-year old Megume wakes to find herself in the woods, with no idea of how she got there beyond a murky memory of chasing her lost dog, Sasurai. But with the pain of her past and her family fragmented after the death of her mother, Megume finds that she doesn't really mind being lost. Yet strange encounters with others in the woods - including Kat, a woman who seems s ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published October 20th 2011 by Megami Press LLC (first published January 9th 2011)
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Apr 19, 2012 Desiree rated it really liked it
As the Young Adult market has become ever saturated with light reads about “dark” romances and adventures with the flavor-of-the-moment paranormal/supernatural entity, Sarah Toshiko Hasu’s debut novella, Megume and the Trees, lays itself before the reader with a sober yet powerful question: What cost is escapism from your world and your inner turmoil worth? Do the ends justify the means, even if it means a final end?

The narrative thrives on questioning the line between reality and imagination, w
Nov 29, 2011 Gi-Gi rated it it was amazing
I'd like to thank Sarah for sending me a signed copy of her book. I enjoyed every minute of her beautifully written story. I loved the style of writing as it switched from Megume's story to the letters her friend Emiko wrote her. Also how the story also incorporated so many messages along with the feel of how I used to feel while watching the twilight zone. Absolutely loved it.
Nov 24, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it
dark and trippy, like a really good twilight zone episode...loved it! thanks goodreads for the complimentary book!
Mar 31, 2012 Lucy added it
We were very kindly sent this wonderful magical book by the author Sarah. Having just finished reading it I feel conscious that I need to do the book justice through my review.

Our site is all about the positive side of being gay. To be honest I have been so lucky that I had forgotten how it felt when I was younger and struggled with my sexuality, that it was such a shameful thing and that those closest didn’t know me, the feeling of deceit.

This book focuses on a fifteen year old girl called Megu
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Feb 19, 2016 Emily Rothbaum rated it did not like it
I purchased this for .25 cents at a garage sale. The best I can say is that it did have potential.
This is a dark work but for no compelling reason. Interesting issues and challenges were skimmed over or given the insight of a pre-teen in angst.
Once I began to follow the story, (it jumps around and around again), I found the plot disappointing and the expressions of painful emotions juvenile.
I looked for a follow up by this author and was not surprised to find none.
Nov 20, 2011 Terry rated it really liked it
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This was a very strange young adult novel. Weird, yet compelling. I wanted to finish to see where the young lady would lead us with this story. The author did a wonderful job writing through 15 year old Megume's eyes. Good descriptive prose, but somewhat hard to keep straight at times. Dark, serious, depressing work; one not easily forgotten.
Not a novel to be read lightly.
(Contains painful, yet important issues which teens deal with - self-mutilation, suicide, lesbianism, etc. Has a list of hel
Dec 13, 2011 Eva rated it it was ok
This was a firstread giveaway. All though it was a short story it took me a while to read. It was a hard book to get into and to follow. Once I got into the plot I was disappointed it is a depressing story to read. The story jumps you around to much. I would start understanding what was going on and the events would change and I would be lost again.
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Aug 10, 2012 Sal Noel rated it liked it
Bought on a whim-was a teenage read and there are times that's just what I fancy. Some interesting and challenging issues brought up but skimmed over and could have been expanded on. So, some disappointment- overall seemed rushed but thumbs up for making an attempt. Would hope that this author develops over time.
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Sarah Toshiko Hasu is the author of Megume and the Trees, shortlisted for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Debut Fiction, and the forthcoming Whitest Snow. After working on the business side of the music industry from the age of 17, she founded Megami Press in 2010. She lives in Arizona with her dogs, Daphne and Dylan.
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