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Reader’s Advisory: My Love Story!! Vol 1 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko

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Viz Media, $9.99 trade, ISBN-10 1421571447, July 2014

Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

Just when I thought I had fallen out of love with manga, Takeo and Suna came along to prove me wrong. This adorable romcom has me so-jo in love with shojo again.

Suna is a typical “prince” character: pretty-boy handsome, charming, adored by everyone of both genders. His pal Takeo is your typical comic relief sidekick, except… Except Takeo doesn’t realize it, but he’s the hero of this story! Steadfast, honorable, and socially awkward, Takeo is used to Suna getting (and mysteriously rejecting) all the girls. The constant misunderstandings that ensue because he just can’t understand that Yamato likes him, not Suna, are sweet, funny, and thankfully not too drawn out. Of course a guy as cool yet clueless as Takeo has more than one secret admirer, and complications ensue.

What a great and gentle take on a classic manga romance setup, full of unexpected but adorable twists, such as the true reason Suna keeps turning down every girl who asks him out. Part romance, part bromance, and all heartwarming, this sweet story will sweep romantics off their feet.

Recommend to: Romcom fans

To buy or not to buy: Light on fan service (so far) and a great choice for any YA collection

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