ARC Review: Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 2 by Io Sakisaka

Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 2Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 2 by Io Sakisaka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fast friends Yuna and Akari are complete opposites—Yuna is an idealist, while Akari is a realist. When lady-killer Rio and the oblivious Kazuomi join their ranks, love and friendship become quite complicated!

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Yuna has fallen in love with Rio, but he has feelings for Akari that he’s never been able to express. While Yuna keeps his secret, Akari makes a move on the person she’s interested in.

Okay, that twist at the ending of the last volume? Whew, turns out it just adds another layer of drama to this group. Yuna finds out that Rio and Akari are step siblings because of their parents’ marriage, and prior to that Rio was going to confess his feelings to Akari, but couldn’t. Akari, meanwhile, has been unaware of his feelings, but since they both have agreed to be siblings for the sake of less drama in their social life, she is only frustrated by her mother’s suspicions of Rio. Yuna, seeing Rio’s complicated situation and him dealing with it, finally decides to come clean with her own feelings so that she can be rejected, and thus move on, be friends with him and support him emotionally.

Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into Akari’s crush on another guy, something she has been hanging onto. Taking inspiration from Yuna’s example, she finally decides to face those feelings and move on from them; quite a parallel to how Yuna decides to be more upfront and active when it comes to her love life, after looking at Akari. Having done that, she starts to realize she has feelings for Kazuomi, but oh boy, she is probably going to be in for some pain because he is so oblivious he won’t even realize when she will flirt with him. Dealing with some heartbreak is already a theme for Rio and Yuna, but looks like it might come for Akari, too.

Finally, I gotta say, I love the artwork, especially chibi Yuna (who is so goddamn adorable?). I can’t wait to see where Yuna’s and Rio’s story goes, and whether the oblivious but profound Kazuomi will realize Akari’s feelings for him or whether this love square will complete by some reveal like Kazuomi having feelings for Yuna instead?

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

Previous books in the Love Me, Love Me Not/Omoi Omoware Furi Furare series

Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 1

View all my reviews

Buy links

The Book Depository | Wordery

Released on May 5, 2020

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