Vol 2: Theory of Happiness
After Kōhei kissed Taichi, the two don’t quite know how to act around each other. Taichi is still willing to take notes for Kohei, but then Maya comes along - another hard-of-hearing person who thinks Taichi is just taking advantage of Kōhei and his seemingly endless supply of lunches. Taichi stumbles upon a business called SIGN that helps train people in some basic sign language and works with other companies to be more inclusive, and Taichi’s impassioned plea to not exclude the hard-of-hearing from their company’s work impressed the owner so much that he offers Taichi a job. While he’s mulling over the offer, Taichi realizes he would probably be better off working full time instead of wasting money going through college without direction. But will Kōhei be ok with another note taker?
If readers appreciate the miscommunication trope that is so prevalent in romance stories, then this is going to be a satisfying read. For some readers, it can be a bit stale from its overuse. A big part of the plot of this story hinges on Taichi and Kōhei not being able to be honest with each other, which creates a lot of tension and suspense as the two sort of drift a bit apart in this volume with their different paths. Maya is an interesting addition to the storyline, but some of Taichi's friends and coworkers are brushed passed and can be a bit difficult to tell apart at times. There is a bit of a payoff at the end that hints at happier future volumes, so frustrated readers won't be stuck there for long.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Once Peace Books
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
ISBN: 9781944937416 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, Friendship, LGBTQ+, One Peace Books
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