Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

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"After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Sohmas have a secret of their own--when embraced by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac!"--
Publisher: New York :, Yen Press,, 2016
Edition: Collector's edition ; First Yen Press edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316360166
Characteristics: 390 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,21 cm.

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forbesrachel Jul 19, 2017

Fruits Basket is the most heartfelt coming of age story I have ever read. The main character is an orphaned girl named Tohru, who gets taken in by the mysterious Sohma family, a family cursed to turn into an animal when they are hugged. This small bit of fantasy is brilliantly used to portray the theme of bonds, in both their healthy and unhealthy forms. By the end, there are around 30 characters, and every single one of them gets fleshed out. But they only divulge their inner selves, their desire to be loved by others, and their struggle to love the person they are, as their relationships deepen with one another, just like in real life. The account of their everyday lives has you bursting out in laughter, then breaking down in tears. The series is full of messages of comfort, kindness, and life lessons that resonate. Takaya's art develops into some of the most emotionally beautiful, and her pacing is always spot on. To end, here is passage to show you the power of her words.

"I wish I could've lived my life without making any wrong turns. But that's impossible. A path like that doesn't exist. We fail. We trip. We get lost. We make mistakes. And little by little, one step at a time... we push forward. It's all we can do. On our own two feet. Even if we get a little banged up. Someday, we'll reach something. We'll reach someone. We pray."

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