How I Met My Soulmate, Vol. 1

Kodansha. (How I Met My Soulmate). Dec. 2023. 208p. tr. from Japanese by Sawa Matsueda Savage . pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781646518753.
Gr 10 Up–Yuuki is a young woman who doesn’t have a lot of time for dating, but wishes to meet her soulmate. After striking out one night at a club, Yuuki finds herself with a few young, eligible men: one, studying to be a dentist, who sort of ruined her night; another who is nice, but doesn’t make a lot of money working at a gas station; and her first crush from middle school whose recent reconnection changes what she thought of him, possibly for the worse. Yuuki now has to navigate friendships and feelings for all three while sorting through her past and hopes for the future. This romance is set on the precipice of adulthood and told with the charm of youth that will have broad appeal to teens looking for a serious romance with some familiar tropes. Anashin’s detailed art style sets characters against beautiful backgrounds with rich details and full scenes. Characters often imbibe alcohol, contributing to the older teen rating.
VERDICT Purchase where teens are looking for a heartfelt romance series like “In the Clear Moonlit Dusk” by Mika Yamamori or “Ao Haru Ride” by Io Sakisaka.

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