Book Review: Girlfriend, Girlfriend, Vol. 1

Girlfriend, Girlfriend
Vol. 1

Author: Hiroyuki
Publisher: Kodansha Comics (April 6, 2021)
Kindle edition, 190 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga
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Summary

Naoya just got a girlfriend, the gorgeous Saki-chan, and though their intensities often pit them against each other like ice and fire, they’re totally, uncontrollably in love with each other. He vows never to cheat… when out of the blue he receives another confession! Nagisa’s cute, sweet, and she’s made him lunch to boot! He knows he can’t cheat, but he can’t let a cutie like this get away… so he does the logical(?) thing: Asks Saki for permission to date them both! The confidence! The arrogance! The very gall! No matter the outcome, Naoya’s future will be lively!

Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Poor Saki… She’s so normal (or normal-ish, anyway, compared to Naoya and Minase… which is a very low bar…) I would have liked this more if they’d leaned more into the poly/triad relationship aspect the way the premise sets it up. And the story sets it up that way too, with Saki taking an immediate liking to the other woman and finding her just as cute and irresistible as Naoya does. But then the repeated references to “two-timing” (which it is not when all parties have agreed to being in the relationship…) really became bothersome. Some of Saki’s struggled are normal high school romance manga with a poly spin, and some are sort of questionable consent issues, and that brought the star rating down for me. I wish we’d gotten more of an enthusiastic (if maybe still confused and/or reluctant on the surface but a stronger message of her internal interest in a poly relationship) and that would have made this overall better for me.

Funny slice of life rom-com manga with a twist. I’m hoping some of its issues are resolved in vol 2 and am willing to give it time to grow into something better, but if vol 2 has the same problematic notes I won’t be continuing beyond that.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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