Pop Rock Love
by Raine Koh
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Manga
Publication date: December 19th 2013
Pages: 212 Pages
Source: Sent for review
Format: Hard copy
Synopsis: Before she had a whirlwind affair with a mysterious Japanese breakdancer named Yuki, Mimi was contented with belting out rock tunes at a pub on the island city of Singapore. When Yuki suddenly disappears, Mimi goes to Tokyo in search of him and discovers that he actually belongs to a sugary-pop, manufactured boy band called the Fire Boys. Mimi and Yuki belong to different worlds. Is their love strong enough to triumph over all?
– I quite enjoyed the story as a whole. The plot line was well-done and I liked watching the development occurring within Mimi’s life.
– The author tends to be more ‘tell’ than ‘show’ in some cases and sometimes, nothing was left to the imagination. I personally would’ve preferred for there to be less exact description of every object Mimi came across as it did end up being unnecessarily detailed in parts.
– The story was actually flowing quite well and I liked where it was going. However, at the very end, I was almost disappointed to see the story come right back around to where it started. One of the things that irked me the most about the end was how we never found out what happened to Sato. It’s as though he was just cut off from the story and we received no ending for him, especially since I was really starting to see a development in his personality.
– The characters and relationships in the book were all very likeable and realistic.
– The concept of a “controversial” love between two musicians was something I’ve never read about but thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve never been much of an Asian pop fan but I’ve heard of the intensity of some music groups. Whether or not the information used in the book was true, I still found it a really interesting take and twist on their relationship.
– I feel as though the writing was a little too simplified in the sense that I only got a sense of the plot line but nothing about actual society and the bigger picture.
Rating: 3/ 5 stars