"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
I liked this book but not as much as I wanted to. A little more plot and a little less philosophical musing would've made it better. Two characters, the middle-aged working woman Renee and the 12-year-old rich girl Paloma, narrate the story in turn. Both are intelligent and have their own dissatisfaction with the world. While at first both of them seem cynically judgmental of most of the people around them, I grew to like Paloma more as the story progresses.
I did enjoy some of the humor in the story, especially the parts with Monsieur Ozu and Manuela. There's also a certain charm in the book, which discusses everything from Tolstoy to Blade Runner, from Eminem to Hikaru no Go (which is an excellent manga, by the way). The bittersweet yet hopeful ending hit me when I didn't expect it and turned things around a bit.