[Blog Tour]Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

[Blog Tour]Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
Up From the Sea
by Leza Lowitz

Genres: Contemporary, Death, Young Adult
Publication date: January 12th, 2016
by Crown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover


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Running through my ruined town,
pack flapping
against my back.

Plowing through blocks
strewn with heaps of
in a marshland

In March 2011, a massive tsunami devastates Japan. Kai, a biracial teen from a coastal village, loses nearly everyone and everything in the storm.

When he’s offered a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 9/11, Kai decides to look for his estranged father. Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary, Kai realizes the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to return there and help rebuild his town.

Heartrending yet hopeful, Leza Lowitz’s novel-in-verse is a story about loss, survival, and starting anew.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been doing this thing over the past couple years where if I read a narrative told in a series of poems, I usually attempt to write a review in a similar way. Here goes nothing!

Flipping through

the pages. My heart

racing, hoping Kai will survive.

Hoping I will survive.

Coping seems hard and I

hurt for Kai. Poor baby.

Can I shelter him?

Probably not.

Pretty words that

pop off the page. Pages that flip

by fast.

Emotions that hurt.

Characters that grow.

Overall, my mind might not

be blown but my heart sure does


Rating Report
Overall: 3.7

About the Author

Leza LowitzA California girl living in Tokyo, where she writes and runs a yoga studio. For over two decades, she has been charting her quest in twenty books in many genres. She is interested in ideas of identity and history. How is culture shaped, and how are we shaped by it? All of her books deal with notions of finding home. She loves reading, dogs, and chocolate–preferably all at the same time.


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  1. says

    Oh my goodness. First of all I am so touched that someone wrote a book about the tsunami because it absolutely needed to be written. Gosh. And a novel in verse! Don’t see many of those, and this one seems like it is heartbreaking and that’s all I require in my poetry, so I shall add it to the TBR :D Thanks for the review, Rashika!
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