Book Review. Summer Haikus. SJ.Pajonas @spajonas @lolasblogtours 

Summer HaikusSummer Haikus
by SJ Pajonas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: August 6, 2015

“When it comes to fight or flight, I always choose to run like hell.”

Isa planned the perfect summer:
Tokyo and the Summer Olympics — check.
Helping her best friend prepare for the marathon — check.
Forgetting she’s in love with Masa — double check.

But when Isa’s mother is hospitalized, she has to abandon her summer plans to run the family’s Tokyo business. Masa’s offer to help makes it impossible for Isa to ignore him — and the firecracker kiss they shared half a world away. Everyone expects the world of her, but the pressure to please them all is as oppressive as the Tokyo summer heat. The simplest answer to all her problems? Run.

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SJ PajonasAbout the Author:
Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical. Find her online at

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A book with the setting and its vivid descriptions so great I felt I had taken root in Tokyo, living alongside our young lovers, Isa and Masa. At first not knowing a great deal about the book I was unsure where it was going as Isa, and friend Haley, a runner set to participate in the Olympics, leave school for Tokyo one summer, with Isa’s grandparents and mother living there. The Isa and Masa romance takes us from initial misunderstandings, forgiveness, first dates, talking about dreams and fears, sex, family keeping them apart, circumstances, arguments, living arrangements, and eventually, Spoiler Alert, a happy ending. Much happens in this one summer between the two, and the budding romance was a joy to read, as was the Tokyo culture, various family members, and the workings of a hotel. Isa too was actually quite a spunky protagonist, who grew increasingly bolshy.

On finishing Summer Haikus I think the front cover disappointed me. It doesn’t reflect the story of the book and it wasn’t what attracted me to it. 

Summer Haikus reminded me of a Judy Blume story, a coming of age tale. Perfect read for a quiet weekend. 

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