Four high school friends navigate their first relationships and crushes, some with more success than others. One friend juggles five girlfriends at once; one is a dom who likes to make others feel pain; and one is a nerd who hopes to find another nerd girl to share his interests. Then, there's Natsuki, who is a hopeless romantic, and finally has his first girlfriend just in time for Christmas! His friends warn him that she might be a gold digger because he wears expensive hand-me-downs from his fashionista sisters, but Natsuki believes in the power of love. Later Natsuki tries to figure out a mysterious girl he met at an ice rink - is she aloof or just shy?
This is a mostly sweet romance, but the inclusion of one with a BDSM relationship makes this something I would shy away from putting into a high school library. The age of consent is different throughout the US (and it's usually much lower in Japan comparatively), so even though the two are consenting to the relationship, that sort of thing might be illegal in some states. This book is definitely written for teens as the primary readership, so I even wonder if adult libraries would find circulation with this title.
Sara's Rating: 5/10
Suitability Level: None
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: December 6, 2022
ISBN: 9781974734702 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 5/10, Manga, Romance, School Life, VIZ Media
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