This novel is written in verse style, and it works well.
And really, I think the best thing about ORCHARDS is how it's an issues books (obviously about bullying and suicide) without really being all about the issue.
Kana is very aware that she is haunted by two things in Japan, her part in anothers death and her being part of two worlds, one Japanese and one Jewish.
When I first saw this book, I didn't think I would like it. It is written in verse and contains almost no punctuation. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JoAnn
This is an interesting book. I loved the new way it's told (poetic free-verse) and it was easy to get into the mind of the character. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Melissa
Orchards is a hefty free verse novel, both in pages (325) and theme (teenage suicide). Despite its weight, I read it in one day and loved it completely. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by M. Kelly
I'm not a huge fan of novels in verse. At least, I don't make a habit of reading them, but ORCHARDS is lovely. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by Anidori-Isilee
Orchards is a Young Adult novel about a young half-Japanese girl sent from her home in New York to her maternal grandmother in a farming community in Japan in the aftermath of a... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by mgw
When I saw this book at the library, I knew I just had to read it. I love fiction that's written in free verse ("Sharp Teeth" would be the best example of this that I've... Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by the golden witch
After a bi-polar classmate's suicide caused by bullying, Kana is sent to live in Japan for the summer with her mother's relatives. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by ODell @ Book Twirps
I haven't heard very much about this novel, until I won it off Random Buzzers. I was excited to see that it was written in verse and that the book was filled with beautiful... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Laura (The Reading Nook
This is one of the best poetic verse novels I have read in a very long time. I love the way the book is written and the message that it sends out I think is a great one. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Katie @ Novel Society