Book Review: “There’s No Such Thing As An Easy Job” by Kikuko Tsumura

Cover of "There's No Such Thing As An Easy Job" by Kikuko Tsumura
Cover of “There’s No Such Thing As An Easy Job” by Kikuko Tsumura

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “There’s No Such Thing As An Easy Job” by Kikuko Tsumura!

“A young woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that has the following traits: it is close to her home, and it requires no reading, no writing – and ideally, very little thinking.

She is sent to a nondescript office building where she is tasked with watching the hidden-camera feed of an author suspected of storing contraband goods. But observing someone for hours on end can be so inconvenient and tiresome. How will she stay awake? When can she take delivery of her favourite brand of tea? And, perhaps more importantly – how did she find herself in this situation in the first place?

As she moves from job to job, writing bus adverts for shops that mysteriously disappear, and composing advice for rice cracker wrappers that generate thousands of devoted followers, it becomes increasingly apparent that she’s not searching for the easiest job at all, but something altogether more meaningful…”

Plot Development: 4 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting book to read overall. The story is told over five jobs that the main heroine ends up working at. The jobs range from working in a park to literally spying on someone through a webcam and writing down observations. These are strange jobs, but it was interesting to read about the heroine’s discoveries and day-to-day life working in each job.

The pacing of the book wasn’t slow, nor was it fast. For some readers, it might feel a bit slow since the book isn’t divided into chapters like most books are. Instead, it’s divided into the time spent at each job. The latter three jobs take up most of the book, so they might come off as a bit long to some readers pacing-wise.

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

Throughout each job the heroine works at, she meets several people. Many of them succumb to burnout in different ways. Some people leave their jobs to pursue something better, while others are just straight-up tired of working without finding any meaning in it.

The heroine falls into the latter category, and there is some emphasis on her trying to find work that suits her. She doesn’t quite reach that goal by the end of the book. However, she does make some discoveries about herself and meaningful work, which is fun to read.

Overall, I’m rating this book 4 out of 5 stars!

If you’re looking for a fun book about looking for meaningful work and unique job experiences, I recommend this one!

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