God, she knows how to write angst filled, tender stories that just makes your heart clench. Beautiful art and wAnother heartfelt read from Yoneda Kou.
God, she knows how to write angst filled, tender stories that just makes your heart clench. Beautiful art and writing from Yoneda Kou. Though I loved No Touching At All, this spin-off is just as good as the main story. I'll never get tired of reading Yoneda Kou's works....more
I am typing this review literally 10 minutes after I finish reading the book, so forgive me for the review that is alsReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
I am typing this review literally 10 minutes after I finish reading the book, so forgive me for the review that is also thinly disguised as me fangirling.
Oh man. The feels. It's all about the feels in this book.
(I've actually live tweeted while I was reading the book, so if you're interested in my reactions, you can follow the hashtag, #KaireadsNoLoveAllowed.)
It's the classic "two people who belong in two different worlds, brought about by certain circumstances" kind of love story but by the Book Gods, it worked and then some.
And it all started with ice cold water. Didi was having a bad day and glasses of cold water got dumped in a girl at the right place and the right time, she was fired, and she has met Mr. Golden Boy, and was given an opportunity for an unforgettable summer with no strings (or emotions) attached. That is, until feelings get in the way.
As I've mentioned in my live tweet, I was skeptical, maybe a little bit apprehensive with Didi's character (I blame the summary of the book for this!) but the first few pages changed my impression of her, what she did in those first . Unpredictable, yes. Funny and honest, yes. Creative person with a a complicated soul, yes. And to use Caleb's description of her: smart, perceptive with a hint of spice for flavor. Dare I use the word 'fierce'? Not really, but Didi is spontaneous and she views the world in colors, giving off a vibrant feel each time and I just can't help but be drawn and like that part of her. I love the way Kate framed her personality, that feeling where something more hides beneath the portraits, paints and pills.
For someone who's supposedly mastered the art of being a jerk, Caleb is a little bit less than that and more sensitive and attentive over Didi, which endeared him to me a lot. Seriously, a lot of what he does, may they be on purpose or just by instinct, makes me swoon. As a reader, I always have a smile on my face picturing Caleb inside my head. Described as someone who has everything (a.k.a. money and extraordinary good looks), Caleb's life has been maped out for him, pretty much been ruined by love, and I understand why he's trying to get away from it. Ah, but the feeling of smugness at that moment when the very thing he's avoiding happened was priceless.
I just found myself enjoying everything about this book, immersing myself in the story in a flash, relishing every moment of my reading experience. Didi and Caleb were mesmerizing enough to read of with the combination of their banter and perpetual teasing, the subtle cues and hints that they're slowly but surely falling for each other, but the supporting characters added such flair to the story that made it ten times better. Raise your hand if you love Nathan! He's like the fairy godmother Didi needed, and he's this bright ball of sunshine, all smiles and kindness and was just basically one top notch specimen that entertained me so much and made me so curious about him at the same time, that I found myself wishing that he gets his own story. (And we are getting one, thank goodness!) Him, Natasha and Preston are proof that they might be rich but they aren't a bunch of spoiled brats, with them providing good support for Caleb and their interactions with Didi, which more of then than not reduces me to giggles.
See, Kate piles fluff and feelings on top of the other until you feel warm and fuzzy and then she cuts you off with a conflict that on hindsight is something you know will happen, but the feels just overcomes you when you're at that part. A bunch of bated breaths and a whole lot of bracing (myself) around 30 pages before the end because at that point, I was eager to know how it was going to end, rooting for them and needing a happy ending. I was totally swept along with the story and I absolutely love the touch of reality that Kate added, of things not being "always like the movies", and being faced with an illness that puts uncertainty not just in their relationship in the long run but both Didi and Caleb's life as well. I didn't expect Caleb to be that emotional nor his decision on how to face it. Ah, love. It just does things to you. And I don't know how Kate managed to weave such an important theme into the story and make such an integral part click and make the story whole.
Overall, I can say that I really loved this book and I recommend it to everyone who loves a feel good read! It's got such a simple premise but the way it was written just made me breeze through it. It made me laugh, it made me smile, it made me feel frustrated, it made me sad and ultimately it made me feel such fluffy, romantic feelings. Ultimately, No Love Allowed made me fall in love with YA contemporary romance stories again....more
Hayashi, who is straight, struggled quite a lot, and seeing his internal struggle, confusion and conflicted mReview posted at Shiro Reads
What I liked:
Hayashi, who is straight, struggled quite a lot, and seeing his internal struggle, confusion and conflicted mind reflected in the pages as he slowly notices every little cute thing about Shinohara is one of the sweetest parts of the story. He went to such great lengths such as telling a fellow worker to flash his chest to see if he'll feel anything! Shinohara surprised me a little, as he appeared to me as a cool, confident guy with an unfazed attitude in the onset of the story but he turns out to be this shy reserved person at times, who is more innocent than the rumors about him make him to be. Sensitive Shinohara, who was blushing so much when he confessed to Hayashi.
The characters really aren't what they seem at the start, and my views of both Hayashi (who was really uncool, jealous and possessive) and Shinohara (who's very kind and understanding) were completely different after I've finished reading their story.
I really liked The Melon Bread War compared to the first story. It's such a simple but sweet comical story about two people who were at the polar ends of the popularity spectrum, brought together because of something unexpected: the quest to find the perfect kind of melon bread.
Finding out Kuraki's main motivation for the melon bread challenge gave me such a warm feeling and Fujino's obsession (which really doesn't have a special reason) with the bread is just so endearing. Their interaction (outside of the melon bread challenge) is also worth the read, as it shows how Kuraki's feelings isn't shallow or spontaneous, but that he's properly looking at Fujino, knowing what he's like, what he's capable of and recognizing his skills. Fujino is a bit slow on the uptake but he more than made up for it when he finally realized why there was even a melon bread challenge in the first place. His gradual transformation from a doormat to someone assertive is what made me like hm more, showing other sides to his personality as the story progresses. Fujino's insecurities about his relationship with Kuraki, creating a misunderstanding between them, and finally having the courage to show their true feelings to each other wrapped the story up nicely. The Melon Bread War is definitely more than just about melon breads!
What I didn't like:
It must be because Hayashi was straight, but the way he keeps on insisting that Shinohara is gay and blaming every weird thing he was thinking of because of that got on my nerves a lot. I know he's struggling with his feelings but the fact that Shinohara IS gay is pretty known from the start, and it was well established that he has feelings for Hayashi even though Hayashi is straight.
(I obviously have no complaints about The Melon Bread War because Natsumizu Ritsu created such a good contrast and gave balance to both Kuraki and Fujino's characters.)
Good Morning is a story filled with fluff and injected with a good amount of fun in the right moments. It's a pretty standard story, and you know that when Hayashi comes to terms with his feelings that the conflict will eventually be sorted out but I couldn't help but anticipate how it will still play out in the end. Natsumizu Ritsu has a knack from creating adorable characters which was really evident in the second story, The Melon Bread War and I just found myself enjoying while reading! ...more