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I Want A Love Story
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Publisher: DMG
eISBN: 9781613133521
Language: English
Release: 09/18/2012
Age Rating: Mature (18+)

Minari didn't think he'd ever fall in love; he'd spent his years dating women, then settled for sex with an old friend once he'd come to terms with the fact that he was gay. The only problem is that now he's fallen for an acquaintance, and he's got no idea what to do. When he impetuously confesses his feelings to Shinkawa, could this be the chance for the love story he thought he'd never have?

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  I love awkward, cranky adults-in-love stories
by themooninautumn  10/14/2013
What do you do when you confess to the person you like just to get it over with and move on only to find out he actually likes you? In the title story, Minari has to find out after he confesses to his straight friend Shinkawa. Since Minari didn't expect things to actually work out (ever), he has to change a lot of his life (ditch the hilarious known-him-since-high-school sex buddy, for instance) and figure out how to have an actual romantic relationship with someone. It's painful to watch how hard he tries, but it's also heart warming and funny. I'm a big fan of Tomoko Yamashita's characters, especially her late-20 and 30-something guys who get delightfully flustered and embarrassed and endearingly awkward in ways that actually seem more realistic to me than a lot of the flowery, flowy, shojo-influenced BL/yaoi. There are plenty of cute moments (emoticons in texts, co-workers noticing you're kind of giddy) and lots of emotion, but the crankiness and general awkwardness balance it out with a good helping of humor.

Another story deals with a niece trying to solve the mystery of her older uncle who has separated sex and love into two different categories and keeps an old cell phone around for some reason. That one also made use of texts, and I cried so much at the words left unsent. February Messenger is a cute confession story full of awkwardness and silliness. Another story is snort-laugh-inducing (don't practice bondage knots on the company coffee pot, kids). The last story is a flashback about the relationship between Minari and his known-him-since-high-school sex buddy.

Elements that raise the bar: I get a big laugh out of her nervous characters talking too much during sex and getting told to stop by their partners; there are actual real, strong women characters (co-workers, relatives), a hefty serving of that hilarious awkwardness that makes you look away when you stumble on it in real life, some great actual plot advancement/character development during the sex.
Elements that make me cringe: sometimes the characters' crudeness is a bit too . . .

Overall, I'd say this is a better-than-average collection of shorter works, and if you liked Yamashita's Dining Bar Akira, you will likely get a kick out of this.
  Loved this!
by FeralKat  06/17/2013
This was my first exposure to Tomoko Yamashita and I'm impressed! She has a knack for pacing dialogue that makes even the most mundane scenes interesting and crafts wonderfully relatable characters. One entire chapter was a phone conversation, but I never once found it boring! I Want A Love Story is bittersweet and touching--a must read for fans of drama and slice of life!
  easy-going, sad but not
by cookiemonster  03/15/2013
Sad in a subtly way, but it's more happy than not.

There are several stories, but the main one follows Minari and his younger newly converted lover. Their dynamic is one of constant positivity against near stoicism. It's pretty amusing in it's own right and often times heartwarming.

This author has a special brand of emotion she inserts into her stories. I approve.
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