As the name implies, it is a story of girls who want to get lost in Japan for various reasons. And no, not lost just in the sense of not knowing where you are. While it is set in Tokyo, it is from a western point of view. And as someone already mentioned it does cover quite nicely most of the cliches about Japan, like strange food, bullet trains, over working, love hotels, Japans love of cute things etc.
The story itself is good (and it did grip me), even if it isn't ground breaking. But it is left a bit too shallow in my opinion. The characters could be more complex, if there just was more pages. It is a very thin novel (less than 200 pages), with big font and plenty of space between lines. It is a an easy novel to carry around, I do admit that. Some people of course do prefer shorter novels (which I don't mind usually myself), but in this case, it could've used a few more pages.
It dwells on the darker side of both the human psyche and Tokyo. And while the characters are a bit too one dimensional and obviously destructive, they are somehow likable, and I did find myself very interested in knowing what was going to happen next to Margaret (the main character).
Nice quick read, would've benefited in being a little longer, to build up the characters and the story more. But as such, if you're looking for a quick snack between longer novels (and especially if your looking for something to carry around), I might recommend this. If you're looking at this book because of the Japan aspect, I would recommend checking out Grotesque
, truly mesmerizing book set in Tokyo.
But this is a fun little curiosity.