The RomCom series is an extremely nerdy book, but in a very Japanese-obscure way. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all the references to other nerdy Japanese pop culture references were preserved and not adapted (Replaced) for American audiences. Admittedly it does make it hard to read though, despite the reference guide at the end of the book that explains them (they should really just place the explanations at the footers of the relevant pages).
That's said, the story is fun and relatable. Yen Press blurbs never really do any of their books justice, but it's a story about a guy who developed a strong perspective on teenage life and social relationship by being a outcast. Somewhat bitterly, but not in an annoyingly angsty way. There is a lot of introspection that makes you think, "oh yeah, I remember thinking like that before," which makes hachiman such an endearing character. If you ever went through adolescence feeling like an outsider, I think you'll find something you can appreciate in this book.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company (27 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316312290
- ISBN-13: 978-0316312295
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)