This is actually a 3.5 star rating.I found this book to be truly engrossing. I think the style it is written in helped to facilitate that - a style that is rich in description and visual detail. It is a very cinematically-written book that really helps the reader to connect with the setting and the characters, and really visualize what is happening like a movie in your head. I enjoyed most of the characters, especially Tsukiko for some reason. The ending I thought left something to be desired. It was not what I expected and something of a let down. Or maybe it was what I was expected but hoped differently. The love story to me got a little bit heavy and sort of weighed the rest of the book down. Too dramatic and twilight-y. Still! For a first novel this is pretty great.