A review by sarah984
The Cat Who Saved Books, by Sōsuke Natsukawa

funny hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This book was okay, but it was a bit disappointing to me. It's a whimsical story about a boy rediscovering his love of books with the help of a fast-talking cat and a girl from his school after his grandfather's death. Some of the ideas about books were good and I thought the cat was super fun, but the book could also be weirdly preachy at times and the girl didn't have much of a personality. I also found the translation a bit clunky and boring - the language was bland and some words were left in Japanese for no real reason. Despite the fact that people kept telling the main character that his missions were dangerous, the stakes felt low, and the ending was a bit silly.

I don't regret reading this book but I don't really think it will stick with me.

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