Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she's thrilled that her father's new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt. Her father's client, the wealthy Yamada family, is the victim of a high-profile art robbery. Someone has stolen van Gogh sketches from the Yamadas' Seattle mansion and is holding them hostage until the Yamadas can produce the corresponding van Gogh painting. The problem is that nobody knows where this painting is hidden, and until they find it, all of their lives are in danger.
Joined by her friend Reika, Violet searches for the missing van Gogh in a quest that takes her from the Seattle Art Museum to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals--before it's too late.
Considering that I love manga and anime, reading this book was probably one of the easiest decisions I have ever made.
The main character is someone I can sort of relate to. Violet loves manga (like me) however her taste in manga is much different than mine, as she seems to prefer shojo manga, not shonen.
Her parents' relationship seems kinda complicated, and I still don't really understand it. But they don't live together. Her mom is on a trip to Italy, leaving her with her father, who is a painter. There's kind of some drama to show that Violet doesn't fit in with anyone, she just has Edge, her best friend, who she also secretly has feelings for. But when she goes to Japan, they haven't made up from an argument. She meets her friend Reika there, and they kind of start investigating on their own. Hideki, who is really someone who was never suspected, ends up being behind the paintings. And when Violet returns to Seattle, she submits her original manga storyboards she created into a contest. She gets third place and makes up from her fight with Edge. Apparently Edge also likes her back, so it seems like they're dating now?
/sorry this review seems kind of all over the place/
Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot.
My Rating: 5 stars