How I got between its sheets: Without having heard a thing about it, found it in my local library and couldn't resist the title. Also liked the cover and back cover blurb.
What stimulated me:
- The growth in relationships among Renee, Paloma, and Mr. Ozu
- Interesting ideas the characters ponder, such as the purpose of art, how art is born, or the purpose of grammar
- The moving tale about feeling out of place and unexpected friendships
- The subtle reminder that appearances can be deceiving when it comes to people
- The ending - totally surprising
What turned me off:
- The ponderings sometimes annoyingly interrupt the tale. Had me wondering, "Who thinks these things?"
- Paloma's character with her ultra-mature thoughts and ideas sometimes seem unreal
- Book took longer to get into than would have liked
- The ending - yes, I know it makes no sense to like and not like it, but there it is.