Go for It, Nakamura!

Go for It, Nakamura!

Paperback - 2018
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Nakamura loves a boy in his class--now he just has to keep himself together!

Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with another boy--his dreamy high school classmate Hirose. But there's a problem: they haven't met yet. And Nakamura is a total klutz who might bungle things before they even begin! In this endearing Boy's Love comedy about the trials of high school, follow Nakamura's hilarious attempts to cling to happiness.

Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : Seven Seas Entertainment, [2018]
ISBN: 9781626928879
1626928878
Characteristics: 188 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Tamosaitis, Amber - Translator
Alternative Title: Ganbare! Nakamura kun!!

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Poor Nakamura falls hopelessly in love with his classmate Hirose, but every time he tries to start a conversation with Hirose it turns into the most awkward encounter ever. Will Nakamura ever redeem himself and win over Hirose?


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Jan 25, 2019

What's a super-introverted closeted gay boy to do with a crush? Try to be friends instead, of course.

This story is sweet and bubbly, and a reasonably realistic representation of life as a gay student in the closet. It's not a strong romance -- there isn't quite a happily-ever-after -- but it's a great slice-of-life story that has a gay crush as the driving force behind the activities depicted.

The art is charmingly old-school in design but still pretty fluid and expressive. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it really grew on me by the end of the book. I wish this was a full series instead of a one-shot volume, but I'm happy I at least got to read this much.

Pairs well with That Blue Sky Feeling (for the straight-friend perspective) and My Brother's Husband (for further context of overall societal treatment of gay men in Japan) as other gay-but-not-yaoi books.

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