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review 2020-05-18 03:07
My Androgynous Boyfriend (manga, vol. 1) by Tamekou, translated by Jocelyne Allen
My Androgynous Boyfriend, Vol. 1 - Tamekou, Jocelyne Allen (Translator)

Meguru is a gorgeous androgynous Instagram model who loves looking cute for his girlfriend. Wako is his girlfriend and generally doesn't care about her own looks much. What she enjoys is looking at cute things. She works as an editor and used her photo editing skills to help launch Meguru's modeling career.

In this volume, Meguru wrestles with his desire to be open and honest about his girlfriend and how much he loves her, even though people in his industry are supposed to be single so that fans can imagine being with them.

How is this not a one-shot? I mean, Meguru and Wako are cute couple who clearly love and support each other, and it's all very nice but...I don't see how there's enough here for more than this one volume? And even this one volume barely had any substance to it.

I bought this because the cover art was pretty (I want whatever Meguru is drinking), and because the idea of a romantic manga starring an ordinary-looking girl and her gender nonconforming boyfriend appealed to me. It's made clear from the beginning that Meguru isn't gay or trans or into cross-dressing. He just likes looking nice for his girlfriend. It causes some awkward moments because people sometimes assume he's female when he's out with Wako, or, if they know he's a guy, they assume he's into other guys. His biggest worry is that it might bother Wako, but luckily for him Wako doesn't mind.

Readers get to meet Kira, Meguru's friend and another model, who's probably the most entertaining character in the whole volume. He's completely self-absorbed and doesn't even notice people unless they're beautiful or important to him in some way.

And that's pretty much it. There really wasn't much to this volume, and although I know that volume 2 will be coming out in September, I have no clue how the author is going to manage to expand upon this. The only question I had, throughout the volume, was how Meguru and Wako met and started dating, and that was answered near the end.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2020-05-18 01:36
Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 166 pages.
My Androgynous Boyfriend, Vol. 1 - Tamekou, Jocelyne Allen (Translator)

Kira, a model, proudly saying to an interviewer who initially mistook his friendship with Meguru for a romantic relationship:

 

"I have never dated anyone. My body and soul are pure."

Okay, so Kira is horrible and doesn't even bother to notice people who aren't beautiful or important to him in some way, but his self-absorption makes him the most amusing character in the volume.

 

Meh. This isn't bad, but it isn't good enough to justify buying the next volume. I might eventually try to get volume 2 via interlibrary loan, maybe.

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text 2020-05-18 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 166 pages.
My Androgynous Boyfriend, Vol. 1 - Tamekou, Jocelyne Allen (Translator)

I got this a while back because the cover was pretty and the premise sounded interesting. It's about an androgynous Instagram idol and his ordinary-looking editor girlfriend. So far, I'm not really sure this has much more going for it than its premise. I do think it's interesting that the author introduced the potential for jealousy but then deliberately opted not to follow through with it. Wako, the editor, made a big deal about needing to go to work ASAP for a meeting and then stopped to apply her makeup, something she normally wouldn't do. When Meguru asked her about it, she said wanted to make a good impression on the artist she's meeting, a guy who creates sexually explicit manga for women. Instead of fretting over this, Meguru's first reaction was to ask to do Wako's makeup, because he could do it faster and better.

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review 2020-03-01 09:26
One Night Stand-In (Boyfriend Material #3) by: Lauren Blakely
One Night Stand-In (Boyfriend Material #3) - Lauren Blakely

 

 

 

A dash of charm goes a long way in tempting the heart. Blakely knows how to ignite the senses. One Night Stand-in is a little bit naughty a whole lot of funny and even manages to squeeze in a smidge of heartwarming. Lola and Lucas have to face an unfinished past, if they ever hope to have a chance at a future. What seems like an uphill battle becomes a road map to forever with a few curveballs thrown in along the way. Blakely makes every moment count. That's what makes her characters so irresistible.

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review 2020-02-28 05:27
The Boyfriend Bylaws - Susan Hatler

For any girl who seems to always find Mr. Wrong there is hope of finding Mr. Right. Relatable characters with relatable dilemmas. A very delightful read!

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