- Series: Original Music Makes
- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1517352770
- ISBN-13: 978-1517352776
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,382,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm Kita Duran (Original Music Makes) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 15, 2015
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"... the writing style is such that you're willing to hang on in this crazy ride of Kita's adventures." - Readers' Favorite
"I loved all the characters. They are all unique and as a collective they make this book very interesting to read." - Online Book Club
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I brought this got really out of interest as it was very different from what I would normal read. However, I would recommend this book for teens/ young adults as it was a very interesting and in some places funny read. The novel also had a lot of heart to it with the many character Duran meets and what they go through together when he starts a new school.
The story itself was about Duran as he starts a new school after his mum and settles with a new man and his daughter. While at the new school on his first day Duran takes part in a science experiment which goes wrong and makes everyone see each other in a very new light.I did laugh when the science experiment went wrong that part was both funny and a bit chilling in a way. A little while after Duran finds out that the school doesn't have a music club and sets about creating one, with little approval from the school. Does he manage it? You'll have to read this novel to find out.
I will say the bond between Duran and his sister was really sweet and I think both those characters really complemented each other. Also the book itself was written really well.
This novel also has some great description of each character, as a reader I could see each one very clearly in my mind. I also think this novel spoke a lot of friendship when you're young and how much friends need to support each other through the hard times and sometimes scary times.
I would recommend this book for teen readers who like great characters and seeing friendships made and character who are will to stand up for those friendships.
Kita Duran is a wonderful creation and the premise of his just starting out in a new school really worked. Kita’s introduction has him be a seemingly average teenager, but as he begins to make friends and assert himself, he is revealed to be a resilient and generous boy. Throw in that he is gorgeous, prone to lose himself in his piano playing, and is shy in matters of the heart, and Kita Duran is quite adorable. The supporting cast of his friends is equally lovable. I especially enjoyed Kita’s never-met-a–pancake-I didn’t-like close friend, Fumio, and the hot, older teen, Saski, Kita’s “crush.” Kudos to the author for her detailed styling of these boys, I easily assembled my mental cast from today’s hottest J and K-pop idols. But the strength of the story comes from the lush assortment of personalities and the intensity of the boys’ group dynamic. This successfully created an aura of vitality and color that ratcheted up the experiential factor considerably. I also appreciated that strong female characters were included among Kita’s group of friends.
Anyone who is familiar with Japanese anime, manga, and J and K dramas will recognize the trials and situations both comical and dire that Kita and his friends face. From amusing science-experiment-gone-wrong scenes, to confronting a possible ghost, and run-ins with the local bullies, beautifully animated passages sent me from school rooms, to ramen houses, to concert halls and kept me turning the pages for more. Kita’s poignant but mysterious flashback scenes hint that more adventures are pending in the next of the series, and I must admit to being greedy for more steamy, smexy scenes of Kita and his new lover “playing” among the kittens.
The writing, especially the dialogue, is spot on, and a nonintrusive moral thread (anti-bullying and stand-up-for what you believe) is cleverly woven throughout the tale, adding a mature undertone to what is a highly addictive and rocking-good-fun story. Those who are into boy’s love, shōnen’ai, Japanese animé or manga, or anyone simply looking for an entertaining spice-of-the-teen life read is sure to love this book. Me, I’m already sneaking a peek at what happens next in Kita’s life… new chapters of the series are posted on the author’s website. Woot!
Thank you, Veronica Purcell… for making me see animated pictures with your words… great gift that.
“Jazzy, one of the Boys...Love!”
I’m Kita Duran earned points for having minority leads, though the whole book centered on Japanese people in general so it technically wasn’t a “minority lead” since they were really in the majority. But I’m familiar with the Japanese culture so it wasn’t a big deal. I knew the terms used, I could pick up on where the humor was supposed to be and it was written clearly enough for me to understand even if I weren’t familiar with that culture.
Duran was a very typical male lead, that’s not a complaint, I think he fit well into the story and the author did a good job at molding his personality. The book wasn’t forever long but readers definitely had the time to learn to love Duran and his new sister. Their friendliness was enjoyable and made for great humor at times. I always love a new family that gets along, so kudos to the author for giving us a smooth ride in that area.
I’m not one who’ll pick up a book about music—despite spending eight years in school as a vocal music major—but the story was pleasant. It wasn’t entirely about music as we had the new marriage in the background, a new school to deal with, and then the club on top of it. Each of these could have made for their own story but Purcell folded it all together with great structure and flow.
I just have two complaints with this story. Dealing with contemporary fiction, this complaint always pops up with me. There were three major things going on in this story but it still felt like nothing really happened. A kid went to a new school and tried to start a music club. Bam, I just summed up the whole story in one measly, uninteresting sentence. I wasn’t looking for action packed fight scenes or emotional fits of tears but I found myself just wanting more out of this. The writing was good, the characterization was well done, the grammar was there, but the story kind of came and went for me.
My second complaint, this story centers on Japanese characters so there’s obviously aspects of their culture included in the book. There’s just one thing I can’t stand when authors—whether fanfiction or traditional fiction—write about the Japanese culture. It’s that they use the terms ‘chan’ ‘kun’ ‘san’ and ‘sensei’ when they speak to each other. No other part of the dialogue or description really includes much about the Japanese language or culture except that and it just bugs the crap out of me. It feels like those terms are in the way, hanging onto the end of everyone’s name. I understand that’s how they communicate in Japanese but in the English language those terms seem unnecessary and distracting.
Overall, I’d recommend this book to young adults and teens. It makes for a great coming-of-age story for those kids in that transitional stage in life.