11歳から／母と娘 手帳 自分の道 家事の分担
I’ve Got Something to Say!
A story that with elements of fantasy portrays what life is like for girls in Japan. It is an entertaining read that has you wondering about a mysterious girl that the protagonist meets. Hinako is in her last year at elementary school and irritated at being constantly nagged by her mother to study and do housework. She feels it’s unfair that her brother is exempted from housework, as is her father on account of being posted to a job far away. Her mother believes it’s for the best to be strict with her, and Hinako cannot openly defy her. Thus their relationship quickly deteriorates as Hinako harbours counterveiling feelings of rebellion and guilt. And then Hinako meets a mysterious girl, who leaves behind a notebook in which it is written, “I don’t want to be controlled by my parents. I want to follow my own path.” Subsequently the girl turns up numerous times, and following her advice Hinako gradually becomes able to say the things she wants to say to her mother.
When her mother tells her off for playing hooky from the cram school, on the spur of the moment Hinako skips a mock exam and instead goes to her deceased grandmother’s old abandoned house. On the way there she again meets the mysterious girl, and they go into the house together. They are there talking together when Hinako’s Aunt Megumi (her mother’s sister) turns up and the mysterious girl vanishes. Her mother follows her aunt in, and as they talk things over they solve the mystery of the mysterious girl, clarifying her true identity. Hinako and her mother become closer as a result, and they are both able to take the first steps to seeking their own paths in life. The story depicts the difficulties between a girl in early adolescence and her mother. (Sakuma)
- Text: Uozumi, Naoko | Illus. Nishimura, Tsuchika
- 186 pages
- ISBN 978-4-03-727290-6
- Age 11 +
Mothers and daughters, Notebooks, Housework