The Princess of Convenient Plot Devices, Vol. 1

Yen Pr. (The Princess of Convenient Plot Devices). Feb. 2023. 162p. pap. $13.00. ISBN 9781975348748.
Gr 7 Up–Maki Tazawa found herself in a situation that was stranger than fiction. In her previous life (which ended much too soon), she was a huge fan of BL (Boys Love) novels. Her favorite romantic pairing was between the crown prince Sirius and Lord Sil. Maki didn’t dwell too much on the fate of princess Octavia, who basically sacrificed her own happiness by agreeing to an arranged marriage so that she could produce an heir to the throne. But when Maki is reincarnated as the character of Octavia, she decides to flip the script. Maki would rather try to find a guy who’s willing to be her fake boyfriend, or even better, find her own true love. This book effectively weaves emotions and humor through the entire story. Readers will have their heartstrings pulled as they watch Maki struggle to forge her own path and change her destiny, but they’ll also laugh as they see all the differences between what she says and what she’s really thinking. The expressive and energetic artwork will pull readers along the highs and lows of this emotional roller coaster, as Maki keeps trying to find romance of her own in a Boys Love story.
VERDICT For fans of Patrick Ness’s The Rest of Us Just Live Here and other imaginative stories about supporting characters trying to find their place in the world, as well as fans of LGBTQIA+ stories.

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