Honey lemon soda

Mayu Murata

Book - 2023

Middle school left Uka Ishimori with nothing but scars--to the point where she's forgotten how to laugh or cry or even say "hello." But a chance reencounter with a boy with lemon-colored hair invigorates her, giving her hope that maybe, just maybe, life can be that much sweeter if she finally reaches out for help.

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Location Call Number   Status
Young adult fiction
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Romance comics
School comics
Young adult works
New York : Yen Press 2023-
First Yen Press edition
Item Description
Reads from right to left.
First published in Japan in 2016 by SHUEISHA, Inc.
Physical Description
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 20 cm
Main Author
Mayu Murata (author)
Other Authors
Amanda (Haley-Andrejic) Haley (translator), Chiho Christie (letterer)
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up--Uka Ishimori has always struggled to form relationships. Even in school, her shy demeanor makes her a target, sadly leaving her with little confidence in herself. An unexpected act of kindness changes everything. One lemon soda from a boy with lemon-colored hair nudges her out of her spiral, giving her the impetus to make changes. Kai Miura may have only taken her under his wing reluctantly, but there are hints that genuine feelings will form. As of the first volume though, he just comes to Uka's rescue multiple times, not realizing the effect he has on her. This series starter has the typical "shy girl meets cool boy" setup, where one character is easily swept up by the actions of the other. Uka's steady internal monologue does make her an empathetic character, but at this point, she shows only the first hints of growth. While the artwork has the usual bright-eyed shoujo appeal, the pages are sometimes cluttered. VERDICT A few splashes of lemon soda are enough to lay the groundwork for this light romance, but only later volumes will determine its overall value.--Rachel Forbes

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