Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Say I Love You. by Kanae Hazuki

Mei Tachibana has made it to the advanced age of 16 without friends or a boyfriend.  This is due to an incident in her past where she was treated poorly by so-called friends.  As a result, she feels being alone is by far the best option as friends will just betray you.  Mei is constantly picked on by people in her class but usually ignores them.  One morning as Kenji Nakanishi and Yamato Kurosawa are walking behind her, Kenji pulls on her skirt.  Mei has had enough and sends a roundhouse kick to Yamato's face!  This intrigues Yamato, the most popular guy in school.  He gives Mei his number, but she has no plan on using it.  One night when walking home from the bakery where she works, Mei has a stalker and is afraid to leave the convenience store.  She calls Yamato for help, as she has run out of options.  In order to dissuade her stalker, Yamato kisses Mei and in doing so, opens up her world in more ways than she could imagine.

Say I Love You. is a realistic, but sweet coming of age story.  Hazuki has created believable characters that experience authentic situations.  However, some characters seem like they can only truly exist on the page.  Readers will have no problems relating to the characters and the situations they are placed in.  This narrative also provides accurate portrayals of the effects of bullying.  The art style is rather typical of shojo (or girls) manga.  Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between the female characters shown.  Hazuki includes emotive faces that convey emotions well. This title is for teens and adults and does include some adult situations and mild language. Say I Love You. is a delicious slice of life story complete with a budding romance that makes you want to read more.

You can find Say I Love You., Volume 1 by Kanae Hazuki on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed Say I Love You., you may want to try Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio or The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa.

Review by Michelle L. Chrzanowski, TCC Norfolk Campus Library

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