Review | Summer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas

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Review | Summer Haikus by S.J. PajonasSummer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas
Published by Self Pub
Release date : August 6th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: The Author | Format: eARC
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"When it comes to fight or flight, I always choose to run like hell.”

Isa planned the perfect summer:
Tokyo and the Summer Olympics — check.
Helping her best friend prepare for the marathon — check.
Forgetting she's in love with Masa — double check.

But when Isa's mother is hospitalized, she has to abandon her summer plans to run the family's Tokyo business. Masa’s offer to help makes it impossible for Isa to ignore him — and the firecracker kiss they shared half a world away. Everyone expects the world of her, but the pressure to please them all is as oppressive as the Tokyo summer heat. The simplest answer to all her problems? Run.

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Take:


Summer Haikus came on my radar after a fellow blogger brought it to my attention. This is just one thing I love about being a blogger — finding new books, new authors and coming together to help promote their work, as I’ve said about a thousand times. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t have picked Summer Haikus otherwise — I would have.

There is so much I want to discuss about this book! While it IS a romance, it has so much more to offer. I loved Isa and Halley’s friendship. They supported each other through everything, and while Isa has always felt like she lived in Halley’s shadow, Halley pushed Isa into coming into her own and helping her shine. The strong family too, is one I want to mention. There is tension for sure, and my heart broke for Isa on more than one occasion. But every family has issues and they bounced back quickly.

I loved the setting. I have always wanted to visit Japan, and Pajonas did a remarkable job with the descriptions. It’s vivid and detailed; leaving me longing to see the beauty myself. Bonus — I loved getting more details about Japanese culture, too.

By far though, Isa was my favorite part of Summer Haikus. For most of the book, Isa is put through many different situations that not only cause her to have her anxiety attacks, but forces her to come out of her shell. While she is strong through and through, she has a vulnerable side as well and I loved watching her come into her own and take charge of the Ryokan and ultimately, her life. She had to make MANY tough decisions, some weren’t always handled well, but who’s perfect?

The romance too, was super sweet! It takes a lot to sell me on best-friends to lovers scenario and boy, was I sold. Their relationship started out rocky, at best. Masa is sweet, caring, kind and hello! left America at the drop of a hat to be there for Isa in Japan. He too, is battling his own tough decisions and dealing with a rocky situation with his father, yet still is there for Isa. The back and forth between the two was KILLING ME, which made everything that fell into place that much sweeter.

Overall — I loved Summer Haikus. Romance, strong friendships & family set in beautiful Japan, it’s the perfect summer romance. Highly recommend!


Let’s Discuss

Have you read Summer Haikus? If so, what did you think?

If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy?



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

4 responses to “Review | Summer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas

  1. Lola

    Awesoem review! You pretty much summed up the thigns I lvoe about this book as well. Like how it’s a romance, but there’s also so much more to the books. And the setting! I don’t travel a lot in real life, so it’s great to get the chance to see other countries and learn about their cultures by reading. Isa was a great characters and I really liked her, like you mentioned she doesn’t handle everything perfect, but everyone makes mistakes and I liked how she solved things as well and talked things through.

    Friend to lovers romances are actually my favourite as I can relate to them very well, my boyfriend and I started as friends first, so I love reading about those kinds of romances.

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Aw this sounds adorable! I had never heard of it until you mentioned you were reading it! I love that it has a cute romance AND a great friendship. I love those books. And the setting sounds pretty awesome too!

    • tonyalee

      Thanks for bringing it to my attention! And I agree, I really want to go to Japan now.

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