ARC Review: Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 3 by Tomohito Oda

Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 3Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 3 by Tomohito Oda
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The journey to 100 friends begins with a single conversation.

Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi’s greatest dream is to make some friends, but everyone at school mistakes her crippling social anxiety for cool reserve. With the whole student body keeping its distance and Komi unable to utter a single word, friendship might be forever beyond her reach.

Summer is about to begin, and Komi would love to be able to spend the long, hot days of vacation hanging out with her new friends. But even though she’s made great strides in her personal quest, her communication issues are still strong enough to ruin her fun. Thankfully just thinking of her dear friend Tadano is enough to help her calm down!

Warnings: transphobic jokes

Summer brings Komi new challenges as she wants to hang out with her friends, but also feels stuck trying to approach them with plans. Still, they all manage to hang out and also include her without stressing her out, like going to the pool and to the fireworks festival. Most of the book is summer fun, but there’s also a family visit to Komi’s ancestral house, where we get to meet other members of her family and that explains so much about her! Tadano doesn’t realize yet, but Komi is crushing on him and I, for once, am interested in seeing how that plays out. I suppose he will have to face even more ire from his classmates lol! Overall, it is humorous, fun and sweet -if only there wasn’t that little thing about asking the one gnc character where they are changing… *grimace* I mean, Najimi themself being openly gnc is cool and mentioning the unisex bathroom is good, but Tadano wondering about it as a gag is dicey, and a repeat from that in Vol 1.

Is it diverse? Komi is neuroatypical (has a communication disorder); Najimi is trans

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.

Previous books in the Komi Can’t Communicate series

Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 1 Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 2

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Releases on October 8, 2019

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