This story presents two very real ways that people fall in love: through destiny, with all the fairy-tale magic, or through getting to know a person and pursuing them if they are a match for you. Sakisaka has two female leads in this story, Yuna and Akira, who present both versions of falling in love so that the audience doesn't favor one style over another.
The two girls talk frequently about the views on love, and these conversations are frank and insightful. The male characters, although much smaller roles, are still presented with a depth of character that is sometimes lacking in the romance genre of manga. The plot twist at the end of volume one will definitely have readers clamoring for the second volume. VIZ's self-identified "Teen" audience is perfect for this title that explores first loves, crushes, and sustained relationships throughout high school years.
Sara's rating: 8/10
Suitability level: grades 9-12
This review was made possible with an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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