The Last Cherry Blossom {Book Review}

I received a copy of “The Last Cherry Blossom” ($16.99 value) in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.”


“Yuriko is happy growing up in Hiroshima when it’s just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with them now, and the family is only getting bigger with talk of a double marriage! And while things are changing at home, the world beyond their doors is even more unpredictable. World War II is coming to an end, and Japan’s fate is not entirely clear, with any battle losses being hidden from its people. Yuriko is used to the sirens and air raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the atomic bomb hits Hiroshima, it’s through Yuriko’s twelve-year-old eyes that we witness the devastation and horror.”

Last month marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which brings a perfect time to introduce this book by Kathleen Burkinshaw, The Last Cherry Blossom.  It’s a VERY interesting middle school (ages 11-13) part historical fiction, part cultural immersion as it is based off the author’s mother’s own story growing up in Hiroshima.   There’s lots of Japanese culture throughout the book that encourages readers to learn more.  There is also plenty of historical value that pushes readers to learn more about Hiroshima.

The Last Cherry Blossom was a very good read and although it is geared for middle school, there are some very heartfelt love and loss areas that may be hard for some readers to digest at their young age if they first weren’t aware of Hiroshima story.   All in all, good book about Hiroshima and provides a different view point for Americans…the Japanese side.

The Last Cherry Blossom can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


About the Author

Kathleen Burkinshaw wrote The Last Cherry Blossom based on her own mother’s story of growing up in Hiroshima during World War II. She was twelve years old when the bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. Kathleen lives with her husband and daughter in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is her debut novel.

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