Lily Jennings is Going. To. Japan.
Sixteen and on top of the world, she's beyond excited to be setting off for an entire year as an exchange student in Tokyo. Fashion and fun are foremost on her mind as she arrives ready to meet her new host family and embark on a grand adventure, livestreaming all the way.
What Lily isn't expecting, however, is for her urban host family to cancel at the last moment and leave her hanging with nowhere to live. She's shipped off to the small town of Ajimu (sorry, where!?), a billion miles from anywhere cool and exciting, with a neurotic host sister, no chances for romance, straight-up-vile classmates and a microscopic community watching over her every move.
Too bad for the people of this small town—nothing's going to hold Lily back when she wants something!
Loren Greene was raised just outside of St. John's, Newfoundland. She developed an affinity for everything Japanese at a young age, an interest that eventually took her halfway around the world to Osaka, after earning a degree in English Literature from Memorial University. Loren thrills at creating characters and scenarios that bridge the cultural gap, and hopes to encourage readers to find a sense of wonder in her unique style.
Sweet, funny, and affecting… Absolutely captivating. This coming-of-age tale about friendship, perseverance, and the perils of teen life is as fun as it is thoughtful. —The Prairies Book Review