A review by beauvisseau
The Cat Who Saved Books, by Sōsuke Natsukawa

adventurous inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Whereas the message of the story is supposed to be uplifting and loving, it came across as a little preachy at times. The talking cat and the bookshop make up for a lot, but I felt as though the writer did not use an intersectional lens when talking about love for books. The publisher is publishing lots of books, but that also means that more people are able to afford and read these books. The portrayal of grief, however, was well-done. Moreover, I loved to hear from the translator at the end.

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