Wednesday 29 January 2020

Book Review: Not Your Idol Vol. 1 by Aoi Makino (Contemporary/Manga)

Title: Not Your Idol Vol. 1
Author: Aoi Makino
Publisher: Viz Media

Publication Date: 5 May 2020
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan.

After that day, she stopped being a girl. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

Not Your Idol is a suspenseful story that considers issues such as masculinity and femininity, gender expectations, the price of fame, and dealing with past trauma. I was immediately caught up in the action and the characters, while the steady pacing kept me always keen to turn the page to see what would happen next. The story is definitely gripping, and when I closed the final page I wished I could read on. I would certainly be interested in picking up volume two to see how the story evolves from here. I also liked the artwork style in this one; it is beautiful and free-flowing. A solid 4.5 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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