Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Takashi is a young and popular university student who has fallen in love with his stylish and sophisticated friend Haruka.
She is sweet and kind and adores shopping for high-end Japanese and Western brands. But the path to true love is never easy. When Takashi discovers that Haruka is seeing her wealthy ex-boyfriend from Kyoto, his life begins to turn upside down. This coming of age story traces the lives of Takashi and Haruka and their friends as they deal with young love and the ups and downs of growing up in Tokyo — truly one of the most stylish, energetic and exhilarating cities in the world. After graduating from university with a degree in Japanese Language and Culture, she lived in Tokyo for two years and taught English.
Over the past twenty years, Renae has continued to visit Japan many times for work or as a tourist. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought.
Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Renae Lucas-Hall. Editorial Reviews Review "The sweet and charming love story of 'Tokyo Hearts' would make the perfect holiday read. A fascinating exploration of life in modern-day Japan, Tokyo Hearts is a poignant love story that will catapult you directly onto the fashionable streets of this nation's capital and into the hearts of Takashi and Haruka.
Every week, they meet up in the heart of Tokyo, enjoying each other's company, and for Takashi, life is perfect. This coming of age story traces the lives of Takashi and Haruka and their friends as they deal with young love and the ups and downs of growing up in Tokyo - truly one of the most stylish, energetic and exhilarating cities in the world. See all Editorial Reviews. Not Enabled. Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
The storyline the author has created in this book intertwines its characters in a delightful and insightful manner the traditional Japanese culture, especially as it pertains to the relationships two lovers. An insight few Westerns might know about. Sometimes as I read the dialogue Ms.
Hall has used in her book to be almost like an overly Americanization translation of what the actual Japanese might be adding to the realistic portrayal of what the characters are saying to each adding.
This is a fascinating love story, told from the standpoint of someone who has lived the experiences in the story. The author captured the soul of the young people of this story, that one could see them moving and living as clear as day.
Takashi, patient, good natured, was persistent in his love. Yuriko, a friend of Haruka, and she was a good friend. And all the other characters that weaved themselves in and out of the story, painted a fascinating Japanese scene that was so authentic, I could not believe the story was not written by a native born Japanese. It was so engaging and so culturally correct, with such nuances as we see in Japanese parlance, such as simplicity of expressions, that sometimes come through as being too simple, and sometimes childish.
Apart from what I can classify as cultural nuances, this story painted the scenes so vividly that I found myself in the story, and followed the escapades of Takashi and his friends. I enjoyed the story. A very well written story about two Japanese people who are friends, Yuriko and Haruka. Their relationship is unique and special; they come from different areas of Japan; they each have their strengths and weaknesses.
The descriptions of the areas of Japan, the earthquakes, the attractions, restaurants, food, and dress were wonderful. The plot always left me guessing how it would end I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by the author.
Renae's novel was well-written and very fun to read. Her writing style--e. In fact, I feel that the story could be made into a TV drama or movie because it's very captivating; once I picked up the book, I couldn't put it down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I bought Tokyo Hearts only four days ago, and I just finished reading it today.
I am really looking forward to Tokyo Dreams, the squeal to this awesome, heartwarming book! One person found this helpful. Format: Kindle Edition. Everything seems to be going well for both of them, especially for Takashi.
It is at this period of time that Takashi has shown how much she means to her by encouraging her during these difficult moments. He realizes that true love is never an easy path as he learns the hard way when he discovers Haruka has started seeing her well-off ex-boyfriend again. The plot building of this story was amazing and it maintained my interest throughout. Takashi is certainly a gentleman in every way. He is honest and the kind of friend that you can rely on. From the beginning, Jun came off as annoying and pretty much egotistical and self-centered.
Haruka on the other hand is dealt with a pretty difficult choice. Her family is in need of money and her mother wants her to marry her wealthy ex-boyfriend.
Having to choose between Takashi or Jun is the last thing on her mind. When a series of unexpected events occur, it will help her realize what is important in life. It was a nice change of pace reading a story that is set in modern-day Japan. Tokyo is probably one of the most exhilarating and robust cities in the world and it provided the right scenes for the touching love story. The Japanese culture is truly unique and Renae accurately captured just how amazing it is.
She has delivered a story that takes readers outside of the normal trend of YA books out there and not only gives us an incredible love story, but also an amazing look into a culture that is very deep rooted in tradition.
I am certain that the sequel, Tokyo Dreams, will follow the same caliber of marvelous writing. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English.
Looking for a good love story? Then buy Tokyo Hearts now! I often judge how much I am enjoying a book by the degree to which I am drawn back to it especially on occasions when I don't have the luxury of time to read the whole thing in a couple of marathon sessions.
The fact that I finished this book over a period of just a few days is an indication of what a good read it is. We meet the two protagonists, Haruka and Takashi, at the point where their relationship could blossom into something more than close friendship and this book explores expertly the trials and tribulations of young love, made even more complicated by pressure being put on Haruka to settle down and get married; an entirely believable proposition as those who have lived in Japan will have heard the expression "Christmas Cake" in reference to the shelf life of women aged over The book also contains a number of sub-stories that add depth and support the main narrative along.
Well written, convincing characters and a strong sense of place, I really did enjoy it. Will true love triumph over the practicalities of a sensible match? You'll have to buy the book to find out! This is a sweet, gentle love story of an ordinary young Japanese man and woman and how they cope with their feelings towards each other and towards other possible suitors. It gives a good flavour of life for young people in Japan and it is obvious the author knows and understands the culture very well.
An enjoyable read to calm the soul. Verified Purchase. Delivery was fast and its a good book. Story line isn't my taste and didn't like how its written. My sister read it and liked it very much. So its matter of taste. The style of writing was very modern and the language and the imagery were captivating. Tokyo Hearts on the other hand was straightforward and I could easily relate to the characters. I think this beautiful love story perfectly reflected everyday life in Japan and the ups and downs faced by young Japanese people growing up surrounded by the trappings and expectations of this homogeneous society with an amazing culture.
Such a beautiful love story I really enjoyed reading this lovely book and should highly recommend it to anyone who Luke's a good love story. Load more international reviews. Very precise tool in writing Japanese caligrapgy. Gives a good I sight into Japanese life. Translate review to English. For some reason this keeps popping up as a 'suggested item' when viewing any book from this year's Booker Prize shortlist, which is why I was tempted into buying it. I don't know why that's happened, as, unfortunately, this book is nowhere near Booker Prize quality and in my opinion, is not even publishable quality.
The plot is dull and insipid and there is not even the faintest whisper of originality in the writing. Instead the reader is subjected to long descriptions of makeovers, shopping trips, lists of the protagonists favourite brands