Not Your Idol, Volume 1 by Aoi Makino

Posted February 19, 2020 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 14 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Not Your Idol, Volume 1 by Aoi MakinoSeries: Not Your Idol #1
Published by VIZ Media on May 5, 2020
Demographic: Shōjo
Genres: Drama, Psychological, School Life
Source: NetGalley
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After that day, she stopped being a girl.
In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

I absolutely loved everything about this first volume, from the authenticity of the theme to the lovely artwork suiting the story so well, to the great pace, to that cliffhanger . . . Oh, I have such a thing for twists!

By addressing complex subjects and important issues, Not Your Idol is a compelling new psychological suspense that makes you turn the pages quite eagerly. Nina might have shunned down her femininity, but that certainly doesn’t make her forget what happened to her. She keeps struggling with the traumatic event that made her start dressing as a boy, and it proves to be even harder when physical and sexual assaults become a daily topic. The reality of the subject surely touches the reader, and the various reactions let you perceive everything in an even more realistic way. In fact, they are exactly what you (sadly) would hear around—some of them seriously make you want to punch people in the face, badly.

Provoking, realistic, and suspenseful. Lovers of thoughtful reads that keep them at the edge of their seats should strongly consider trying this manga. I can’t wait to read more and I totally need this on my physical shelf!


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14 responses to “Not Your Idol, Volume 1 by Aoi Makino

    • It really does, and there are some nice twists, too . . . I found it quite compelling and it was better than I had anticipated, which just makes me appreciate it even more because I love when that happens!

  1. I like the suspenseful sound of this one. And the realism as well- even though it can be infuriating I always connect with a story, seems like, when it feels real. This sounds great even with the tough subject matter. Yay for awesome artwork too! 🙂

    • The artwork suits the story and it gets particularly suspenseful towards the end, you really start wondering and then you wanna find out more! Like you, I connect with a story when it feels real, and this one is realistic right because of the subject matter, so it gets great kudos for that 😉

    • It does and it deals with them in a way that it’s easy for the reader to connect with story and characters. I’m looking forward to reading more!

  2. Oh wow, this is so intriguing! I love the fact that it tackles complex subjects, and by the look of your review it seems like the author has done a great job. Definitely going onto my TBR!!

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