Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan
This book from soon-to-graduate high-schooler Christine Mari Inzer of Connecticut is a fascinating trip to Japan. Christine is the daughter of a Japanese woman and an American man, but she never felt rooted in America, always being “halfway home.” Here she makes a pilgrimage to Japan to see relatives and the country of her mother’s birth. The book is an interesting excursion to this island nation of the Pacific. In the telling of this journey, the land and culture is exotic and the food fun. Coming from Inzer, it is an inspiring, enjoyable story.
Halfway Home is a tale of great sojourn for younger people who would like to travel to foreign shores. It succeeds as an entertaining travel book. There is some humor, accessible drawings, and teenage angst. Much of the book is not about being an exasperated teen, and some might think the parts about “those boys” might be rated NC 17. There is not a lot that is profound in this tale, but for that one might need to visit Japan for themselves. Inzer is happy to take you on her journey of discovery until the end.
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