Super Cute Romantsy Manga - What We All Need Right Now
If you like cute, romantic Manga, this is a great choice for you. As expected, the artwork was really cute and the story was sweet. But what really got me in the feels is that the love story is between two girls, and there is the question of misinterpreting friendship and adoration for romantic love. What do you do when you have feelings for someone, but it’s hard to tell if they like you back in the same way? Is it more difficult for two girls because it is more acceptable for girls to hang out and go on “dates” as friends? This Manga explores this question and pulls the reader right in.
In this first volume of Whisper Me a Love Song, we meet Himari, a first year in high school. Himari is cute, bubbly, and enthusiastic - maybe a bit too enthusiastic. She definitely shows her emotions clearly for the world to see. On the first day of school, she sees an older girl singing in a band and becomes enamoured with her. She meets the shy, loner singer, Yori, and basically goes all fangirl on her. Yori thinks that when Himari says she loves her, that she means romantic love. We discover that Yori feels the same way, but then she has to question whether she is mistaking Himari’s feelings.
I was drawn to Yori from the start. She is quiet, shy and nervous about her talent. Himari was a bit too much for me to take - but perhaps that is the point. I think this book is perfect for younger teens, and it may help them answer questions they might be asking themselves about love and friendship. I did find there were some Japanese cultural references that went over my head. Luckily there is a very helpful glossary in the back that explains certain unfamiliar terms. I look forward to continuing the story in the second volume, and I think anyone who reads this will feel the same. Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy in exchange for an honest review.