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Kettle is a Japanese American seventeen-year-old. It's 1953 and because of the Second World War people don't want to have anything to do with him. He's an orphan and has nowhere to go. He lives on the street, but he's clean, he never steals and he provides food and shelter for a group of kids who need his help. When his best friend gets into a lot of trouble there isn't much he can do to protect him. When Nora and Kettle need help the most their paths coincidentally cross...
Nora & Kettle is an impressive story. It's honest and raw. The abuse is terrible to read about and it made me shed some tears for Nora and Kettle. Sometimes life can be unfair, but Nora and Kettle never stop fighting to make it better. They're strong and independent individually and together they're much more. It takes a while for them to meet, but there's an instant and deep connection. What they're going through is heartbreaking and I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out what would happen to them.
Nora and Kettle are special and I instantly cared about them. I haven't read such a moving story in a long time. It's beautiful and fantastically written. Lauren Nicolle Taylor knows how to write with emotion. The story is sad, but there's also hope. She never makes it too heavy, but she knows how to move her readers. This book made an incredibly strong impression on me and I think it's an absolute must-read. It's an amazing influencing story that will stay with me for a very long time.
The story in the book was slow to show its ties to Peter Pan, but I still enjoyed the getting there. Nora and Kettle were both interesting characters, who I at least could empathize with if not always understand. There were times where both were frustrating, but that helps make them more real to me. Likewise, the supporting characters were well-written, from Nora's adorably annoying sister Frankie, to Kettle's adopted brother Kin, to Nora's abusive father (all the trigger warnings here). The characters made it easy to get immersed in the story and to really care about how it turned out.
One thing that didn't quite work for me was that I didn't really get the "feel" of the 1950s setting. It felt like a modern story kind of plopped in to the 1950s. A lot of the things that showed the book was set in a different time period were buried for a good portion of the first part of the book and you only slowly start to understand that it is, in fact, not a modern story. I still really liked it, but I would've liked some more historical touches.
Overall, I found this story to be a well-written, engaging story that shows the Peter Pan mythology in a whole new light. I do wish it would've been more historically specific/gone more in-depth about the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war, but the memories that Kin and Kettle have of that time do create a pretty bleak picture, and lead you to know more about why they've shunned society, as do further instances of racism they encounter (more trigger warnings). If you like Peter Pan, and you're looking for an interesting take on it, this book is for you.
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