Thursday, August 23

Book Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Author: Hiro Arikawa
Title: The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Genre: Fiction 
Pages: ebook
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Netgalley)

Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he's going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru's old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There's even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species. 

But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won't say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break... 

This drew me in right away from the moment I saw the cover. I was hooked from page one. 

The story follows Nana the cat and Satoru the human. We get to see the story in both of their POVs. They are on a road trip to find someone who can take in Nana. We don't get to know why until near the end. Nana is not aware either but is just along for the ride.

I really enjoyed this book. It took a little bit for me to like Satoru's POV, but by the end, I grew to adore him. Now Nana? Loved him. That sassy little cat made me smile. 

It was interesting to learn about our characters slowly. The more people we meet up with, the more we get to learn about Satoura and even Nana. We get to see why Satoura really loves his cat. Even though he trying to find a new home, he just cannot let him go. It was really sweet and I had my guesses on WHY he was trying to find a new home. 

There were some funny moments and then the ending had me in tears. 

Yes, I cried. Ugh! So sad, so sweet! OHHHHH the feels. It struck a real cord in my heart. Such a good story. My poor boyfriend was concerned. When I tried to explain the book, I started crying again. So beautiful. 

In the end, I highly encourage you to read this book. It is a good story about a man and his cat on an adventure. Lots of feels. Happy and sad. A great book. I'll stamp this with 5 stars. 


Melliane said...

oh it looks touching there

Carole Rae said...

Very touching!

Blodeuedd said...

Nooo I do not wanna cry, sniff

Anachronist said...

Sounds like a book I would like to read!

Carole Rae said...

B, yesss! CRY DARN IT CRY!

Ana, I think you would really like it.