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    Strong characters

    I received a copy of the eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. Zosia and Finn knew of each other in high school but never traveled in the same circles. As the book is told from Zosia’s point of view the reader is aware that she observed Finn from afar. He appears to be the handsome bad boy with a dark history. As well, Zosia was recovering from the death of her cherished mother. Zosia’s father unexpectedly tells her that he has been transferred to Tokyo and she will spend the summer with him prior to going to college. And Finn will also be spending the summer in Tokyo with his mother. Interestingly, Zosia and Finn’s parents work together. Zosia is not aware of this connection. Upon her arrival, Zosia discovers that Finn is in Tokyo. They begin spending time together and their friendship evolves. The author cleverly uses dialogue and actions to show the reader that there is a definite attraction between Zosia and Finn. She shows the reader that their chemistry is real even when they deny it. This novel is character driven. The author has created interesting characters. Their voices are distinct and age appropriate. The supporting characters added dimension to the plot. In particular, Zosia’s grandmother, her Babci provided respected support and wisdom. Brenda St. John Brown brilliantly weaves the Polish and Japanese cultures into the novel. The use of language and vivid descriptions made for an interesting read. Zosia and Finn have difficult obstacles to overcome in order to move forward including but not limited to bereavement, abuse, anger. The author tackles these issues skillfully. Is their relationship solid enough to conquer their personal challenges? Swimming to Tokyo is a most enjoyable read, a book that is not limited to a Young Adult or New Adult audience.

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