Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Gasa-Gasa Girl” as Want to Read:
Gasa-Gasa Girl
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Gasa-Gasa Girl (Mas Arai #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  257 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
From the time she was a child, Mas Arai’s daughter, Mari, was completely gasa-gasa–never sitting still, always on the go, getting into everything. And Mas, busy tending lawns, gambling, and struggling to put his Hiroshima past behind him, never had much time for the family he was trying to support. For years now, his resentful daughter has lived a continent away in New Yor ...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Delta (first published 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Gasa-Gasa Girl, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Gasa-Gasa Girl

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A great follow-on to Summer of the Big Bachi. The best part of the book is the excellently written viewpoint that lets the reader see the world through the eyes of a gardener. Mas is just as convincing as before, and Hirahara once again does a very good job of letting the mystery drive the book without upstaging the people and relationships that the story is really about.

Surrounded by expert understatement, the central clue about the murder is disappointingly over-obvious. But since "whodunnit"
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, new-york
Mari Arai was always known to her parents as being gaza-gasa, an into everything kind of girl, just the opposite of laid back. Mas Arai, her dad tells her she takes after her mother. Mari retorts that her mother claimed it was a trait taken from her father. This may be the closer to the truth. Mas Arai had dreams of becoming an engineer but he life took another path after he was fortunate enough to survive the Hiroshima bomb.

Mas ended up becoming a gardener in the LA area and spent many decades
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
First, this isn't a stand alone - read Summer of the Big Bachi for backstory on Mas and his family. I commend the author for switching the location to NYC, where she does a good job with setting scenes, as well as credible impressions by Mas. My problem was that I never got a handle on the characters in this specific story, so never felt fully invested in the plot, so I didn't really care who did it, or why. Moreover, I didn't feel we learned a lot about his daughter Mari either. Tug Yamada's su ...more
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery book but a bit complex. I had to use some thinking for this book.
~Sachi <3
Good book, and slightly off.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, series
I rarely start a series on other than the first book, but I was given this one and didn't realize it was part of a series. It didn't seem to cause a problem. The protagonist, Mas Arai, a Japanese-American gardener in Los Angeles, is a unusual person to be solving a murder in New York. But he is a fascinating character, and the mystery he has to unravel is complicated and interesting. A quick, fun mystery.

I do think I'll go back and read the first book, and probably others in the series as well.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mas gets involved with the death of his son in laws emplyoyer. He is a kibei who returns to the U S after the WWII. His daughter had moved to NYC and needs his help.
Indie Barbara
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved all the culture, history, and generational differences...
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This just didn't work for me, for some reason. Perhaps it is, as I see on consulting GR, because it's No. 2 in a series; many authors seem to suffer from what I call Second Novel Syndrome. The first is great, gets a lot of attention, perhaps hits the bestseller lists--and then No. 2 just doesn't cut it. Perhaps because it's rushed to press to ride the wave of popularity, perhaps the author feels pressured to come up with another idea before they're really ready. I don't know; in this case, I did ...more
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Big Bachi a few months ago and wanted to like it more than I did. However, after seeing Hirahara at Bouchercon last month, I decided to give the series another try. I'm glad I did. In this novel, Mas Arai goes to New York to help his daughter. While he is there, the man she and her husband are trying to build a garden for is murdered. Both are considered suspects, so Mas tries to find out who is really responsible.

Mas is bewildered by both New York and his daughter, but muddles throu
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
'Gasa Gasa Girl' 1 7 Apr 22, 2008 11:10AM  
  • The Devil's Whisper
  • The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P
  • Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu
  • Shame in the Blood
  • Beyond the Blossoming Fields
  • Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century
  • Inner City Blues (Charlotte Justice, #1)
  • Moonshadow: The Wrath of Silver Wolf (Moonshadow, #2)
  • Tiger Lily
  • Turning Japanese
  • Sword
  • Shaking Off the Dust
  • Try to Remember
  • American Woman
  • Disciple of the Wind (Fated Blades, #3)
  • My Girlfriend's a Geek (novel): Volume 1
  • The Obsession (Princess Shanyin, #1)
  • Night Tremors (Rick Cahill, #2)
Naomi Hirahara writes stories in the form of mystery novels, noir story stories, middle-grade fiction, historical nonfiction and personal essay. The third in her Mas Arai mystery series, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original. The first, SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, will be published in France in 2015 as LA MALEDICTION D'UN JARDINIER KIBEI. The first in her Office ...more
More about Naomi Hirahara...

Other Books in the Series

Mas Arai (6 books)
  • Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai, #1)
  • Snakeskin Shamisen (Mas Arai, #3)
  • Blood Hina (Mas Arai, #4)
  • Strawberry Yellow (Mas Arai #5)
  • Sayonara Slam (Mas Arai #6)