Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Book Review: Koimonogatari Vol. 2 by Tagura Tohru (BL Manga)

Title: Koimonogatari Vol. 2
Author: Tagura Tohru
Publisher: TokyoPop
Publication Date: 25 August 2020
Pages:
307
Format:
eBook - PDF
Genre:
BL Manga
Source: ARC via NetGalley

When Yuji accidentally overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to another friend that he's gay, his perspective shifts. Seeing Yamato in a new light, Yuji does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but he still finds himself overthinking his classmates' interactions now.

However, as his own friendship with Yamato develops and the two of them grow closer through a mutual study group, Yuji comes to truly care about Yamato, regardless of his sexuality.

 

Koimonogatari Vol. 2 was a good continuation from volume one. The story thoughtfully explores the difficulties of coming to terms with your sexuality and navigating coming out to friends and family. As with book one, I was pulled up here and there with regards to knowing who was speaking, since several of the characters look very similar. However, that is only a minor gripe. This was still a slow, slow burn, with not much romance to speak of, but from the author's afterword, it looks like the third volume will be the last and that the romance will pick up before the finale, so I am keen to read on to the next book and see how everything concludes. Overall this is a pleasing story, sensitively told, with attractive artwork. Worth reading if you don't mind a slow burn on the romance front.

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

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