It’s not the journey that counts, but who’s at your side.
Nana, a cat, is devoted to Satoru, his owner. So when Satoru decides to go on a roadtrip one day to find him a new home, Nana is perplexed. They visit Satoru’s old friends from his school days and early youth. His friends may have untidy emotional lives but they are all animal lovers, and they also wonder why Satoru is trying to give his beloved cat away. Until the day Nana suddenly understands a long-held secret about his much-loved owner, and his heart begins to break.
Narrated in turns by Nana and by his owner, this funny, uplifting, heartrending story of a cat is nothing if not profoundly human.
I am writing this review whilst crying because I just finished reading it and the emotions it made me feel, I just can’t handle nor process in this short time-frame. To say the book is an inherently sad book would be wrong because it isn’t actually. The book is quite optimistic and happy and upbeat, it is just the ending that made me cry so hard because you go on this journey with Satoru and Nana and you empathize and you relate to them and to read the ending just hurts so much but you understand why it was so. Life happens and sometimes life isn’t fair and you just have to roll with the punches.
I am rambling I know, I just needed to let my emotions out as I type this out. I decided to borrow this book from the library because I had read so many good reviews about it on an online book club, KLBAC, I joined and boy were they right. The book is really entertaining and it hooks you in from the first page.
Nana is such a spunky and sassy cat that you cannot help but adore him and Satoru such a kind, loving and sweet man who is just as cat crazy as most of us. I loved how the story is divided by chapters where each chapter is when Satoru meets up with an old friend who was willing to take in Nana and from there you get to see how Satoru was when he was younger and the shenanigans he and his friends did when they were younger. You get to experience the heartbreak, the happiness and the joy that they felt both when reminiscing of the past as well as the emotions they felt when they were children getting into all sorts of adventures and mishaps.
I definitely recommend this book even if you would probably need tissues by the end of it.