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A darkly beating heart

by Smith, Lindsay, 1984-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Smith
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Smith
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA SMITH
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA SMITH

A troubled girl confronts her personal demons in this time-travel thriller alternating between present day and 19th century Japan.

No one knows how to handle Reiko. She is full of hatred; all she can think about is how to best hurt herself and those people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt at her home in Seattle, Reiko's parents send her to spend the summer with family in Japan, hoping she will learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping backward in time into the nineteenth-century life ofMiyu, a young woman even more vengeful than Reiko herself. Reiko loves escaping into Miyu's life . . . until she discovers Kuramagi's dark secret and must face down Miyu's demons as well as her own.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For Reiko, rage is the only feeling. An explosive relationship with her troubled older brother and a disastrous breakup with a girl she met at art camp has made Reiko fixated on vengeance, desperate to hurt both herself and the people around her. When her parents send her to Japan to work with her publicity-hungry cousin, Reiko's wrath reaches the boiling point, until a trip to a historical village sends her mysteriously catapulting through time and into the life of Miyu, a nineteenth-century girl who holds even more dark secrets than Reiko herself. Reiko slips back and forth in time, eager to lose herself in Miyu's world and losing her grip on her own as she becomes entangled in generations of hate. Reiko is not always the easiest character to root for, but her dark spiral is undeniably compelling, as is the interesting step back into the Edo period of Japan. Tense and eerie, this leaves lingering questions about how ghosts of the past can influence sins of the present.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Seattle teen Reiko is "mastering a path of hatred" in order to exact revenge for the betrayal, abuse, and humiliation she has suffered at the hands of those closest to her. She travels to Japan before college to live with her uncle's family in Tokyo, where she finds another target: her self-absorbed, fame-seeking cousin, Akiko. While unhappily photographing Akiko during a shoot in a small town, Reiko finds a stone that transports her from present-day Japan into the life of an Edo-period girl named Miyu. Though Reiko loves escaping into Miyu's world at first, she eventually uncovers-and must foil-Miyu's own plan for vengeance. Smith's (Dreamstrider) detailed descriptions of Japanese culture and the time travel element are the highlights of this novel. Reiko and Miyu come across as angry caricatures; Smith slowly and cryptically teases out their traumatic pasts, making it difficult to empathize with either of them. Beyond the "why," Smith also does little to elaborate on the "how" of Reiko's plot, and the conclusion is too neatly and unrealistically resolved given Reiko's previous mental state. Ages 12-up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Time travel -- Fiction.
Suicidal behavior -- Fiction.
Revenge -- Fiction.
Lesbians -- Fiction.
Bullying -- Fiction.
Americans -- Japan -- Fiction.
Japan -- History -- Tokugawa period, 1600-1868 -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 264 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781626720442
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