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Life, Vol. 1 by Keiko Suenobu
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Mar 10, 2012

really liked it

Melissa Wickelhaus
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Life follows the story of Ayumu Shiiba as she studies for the entrance exams for high school with the help of her best friend Shii-chan. However, when the results come back and Ayumu passes but Shii-chan doesn’t, their friendship falls apart. Devastated, Ayumu begins cutting herself to feel relief. Things don’t work out as planned at her new school, and Ayumu continues to cut herself. This book deals with a very serious issue, and does it quite well. It is not an emotionally easy read, but it provides the reader with the opportunity to relate to someone in this situation. The translation, from Japanese, is well done, and the art is appropriate for the story. Another great thing about this book is that at the end, it provides information on what to do if you know someone who is cutting themselves and places to get help. I highly recommend it.
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