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Kamikaze Girls Paperback – January 15, 2008
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About the Author
Debuted with the novel "missin'" in 2000. Was a candidate for the Yukio Mishima Prize for literature two years in a row with "Emily" in 2003, and "Lolita" in 2004. Other novels include "uloko hime," "twins," "A Child Abandoned by Deus," and "calps alpis." His sequel to "Kamikaze Girls" was published in June of 2005.
Official website: http://www.novala.net/
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Top Customer Reviews
....because you haven't read it before. I know that what I have just said makes no sense, but it's true--Kamikaze Girls is not the most original story, but that's what makes it the most ravishing, well-written female bonding story a girl (or boy)can read. Momoko is a girl that feels she was born in the wrong time. She dresses, acts, and spends her time like she was born in 18th century France--a lolita, in other owrds. She walks the streets of her rural country town in frills, bows, petticoats, and bonnets, all for the sake of her fashion identity. Ichigo (prefers to be called 'Ichiko')is her, if not complete, opposite--a thug that gets into fights, rides a tripped out MoPed, and spends her tiem dressing like a Yanki (girl gangster). The only thing that these two girls have in common is their love of clothes, no matter how different their tastes are, and they use this knowledge to become best friends...if only Ichiko would stop head-butting Momoko! Anyone looking for a rainy Sunday morning book should look no further than Kamikaze girls--the writing style is different, the characters are relateable, and though the difficulties Momko and Ichiko go through aren't very easy to relate to for American girls, the problems the characters face because of their personalities are universal--friendship, love, and (most importantly) an identity created by fashion.
The continuation of Ichigo and Momoko’s misadventures, written by the manga artist, Yukio Kanesada (with Novala Takemoto’s approval), are sweet, romantic, and fun! There are two other extra stories, “Pinky Ring Princess” and “Middle Finger Princess” that are also a treat to read (although due to some adult/sexual situations in them, they're not for anyone younger than 16—which is the rating VIZ Media gives this manga, anyway).
It was through this manga that I really got to see the non-stereotypical aspects of being a yanki and Gothic Lolita, and where I got to learn more about their culture.Read more ›
like another reviewer said: it would help you to know a bit about japanese pop culture, but most of the time important things are explained pretty clearly.
so read the book, even if you aren't interested in lolita fashion, you'll laugh, worry, feel sad, w00t... and come away feeling good about being different, which is not something i can say for a lot of books written for brokemold teengirls these days.
Nonetheless, this is a very good classic book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have yet to read the whole book. I bought it mainly because I loved the movie so much!Published 5 months ago by Liz Alexander
Kamikaze Girls is a good manga. I liked the story and thought that the characters were interesting. It was also very funny. The art was beautiful! Read morePublished 10 months ago by lexis J.
Momoko is a lolita who has moved to a small country town and does not currently have any friends. Until through a transaction she meets Ichiko (or Ichigo) who is yanki and these... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alex
the movie is an ultimate favorite but the novel is also amazing! the hardcover is great and it just looks glorious once you finally get it in the mail. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by meetmeinseoul
I really loved this book.
Not only was the story entertaining, but Momoko's deep personal incite provided a sort-of "new way of thinking" for myself. Read more
I saw the Kamikaze Girls movie a while ago and found it quite fun. Normally I do not get the novel of movies I already saw I thought it ruin the movie for me. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Blair Mueller
My teenage daughter and her friends were watching this movie at our house one night and I got sucked in. It was wonderfully odd. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Loralee Petersen