Thursday, April 11, 2013

wandering son, vol. 1 & 2

wandering son, vol. 1
wandering son, vol. 2
shimura takako
graphic novels/manga/drama/ya
fantagraphics books
published 2011

Fifth grade:  The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence.  Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki enjoy happy homes and loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates.  But they share a secret that further complicates a ime of life this is awkward for anyone:  Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy....

A quietly powerful story about two children trying to figure out how they belong.  Shuichi and Yoshino both feel like they were born in the wrong bodies and they're timidly beginning to try out how it feels to dressing the way they feel.  Discovering that they both have the same secret they quickly become friends.  Yoshino is bolder and ready to jump right in, but Shuichi is more apprehensive.

While I did like the book this was the first time that I felt like some things were lost in translation.  There were times where I felt a little lost, or something didn't quite make sense.  Still, I was able to get the gist of it and enjoy the books nonetheless.  

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