Book Review: Train Man by Hitori Nakano

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Train Man by Hitori Nakano
(Started: February 18, 2015; Finished: February 22, 2014)

An instant bestseller when it was first published in Japan, Train Man became a multimedia sensation, generating a smash-hit TV series, a blockbuster film, and multiple manga series. Now here’s the novel that started it all. 
Boy–bashful and not overly brave–defends girl from obnoxious drunk on a Tokyo train. Girl sends boy a thank-you pair of pricey Hermés teacups. Boy’s a geek and doesn’t know what to do next. End of story for most nerds–but this one turns to the world’s largest online message board and asks for help, so for him it’s just the beginning. This matchless love story is told through a series of Internet chat room threads. As Train Man, our hero charts his progress and unveils each new crisis–from making conversation to deciding what to wear on a date and beyond–in return, he receives advice, encouragement, warnings, and sympathy from the anonymous netizens. And Train Man discovers the secret to what makes the world go round–and proves we really do live in a universe where anything can happen. (From Goodreads)
Review: 4 stars
Publication Date: April 24, 2007
Source: Bought from Fullybooked
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
Available: Amazon
Before I start my review, have you ever consulted the World Wide Web to help you with your daily woes, most especially your love life? I'm sure you would have read articles from Elite Daily or Thought Catalog to relate to some but perhaps not to really seek advice because that's what your friends are for, right? But would you imagine yourself posting it on a thread online and probably get some decent advice? I don't know for sure because I haven't tried it but a story of a guy in a similar situation went viral when he asked random people with the same interests (e.g. games, animé, etc.), and disposition in life, on how he can pursue this girl he met on an eventful train ride. That's what happened in this book, Train Man.

It was my first time to read this kind of book and a story written by a Japanese author (please don't judge me!). I would always find myself looking at Haruki Murakami's books but I keep telling myself that there will be a right time for it. Maybe in the future. I'm sorry, I'm just weird like this.

Anyway, good thing my friend, Nike of The ElectroMagnetChick pushed me to read this book (Thank youuuu!). I like it! It was entertaining and funny! I like the geeky humor that transpired all through out the book. At first, I was worried that it might get draggy because of the writing style but it was actually interesting. There was a whole chat box or thread thing going on. It felt so real because of all these drawings that were made of punctuations and symbols that created emoji-feels pictures that worked as responses to statements. My favorite was whenever they go military talk to each other whenever they are anticipating some events. I also found myself waiting on what will happen next to Train Man's story, and if he will be able to achieve his only goal. It felt like I was one of The Geeks, Train Man's online friends, that were all giddy, nervous, and excited all at the same time, plus proud of him for all the changes, the courage, and the maturity he was able to acquire along the journey.

I guess, what I like about it is that it will bring hope to those who can relate to Train Man's situation, plus the fact that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to listen, to help, and to cheer for you when you're down. We just don't know it. I'm giving it 4 stars because it did entertain me and made me laugh. It's been a while since I read a book that made me smile.

I recommend it to all those who need some positivity in life, to those who need a few good laughs, to those who love some nerdy humor, and to all the Geeks who need some push to shine! Time to go out and glitter the world with your pure awesomeness! ;)

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Happy Reading Everyone!

Love lots, xx
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