Book Review: My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over Vol. 1 by Tetsu Tsutsui

My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over Vol. 1

Author: Tetsu Tsutsui
Illustrator: Koyubi Sugawara
Series: My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over, Vol. 1
Publisher: Publisher (date)
Type, pages
Genre, Sub-genres


Chiro-chan is a world-class idol… at least, to Sakiko Manaka, your run-of-the-mill hard-core idol fan. So when Chiro — real name Chihiro — ends up sitting next to her in school, Sakiko’s world is turned upside-down, and all her brain cells vanish. After all, how can she concentrate when her absolute fav is just inches away?! But she needs to be on her A-game, because she may not be the only one who is totally gaga for Chihiro…


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is such a fun first volume of this slice of life, school life needs idol manga! Sakiko is a huge fan of Chiro-chan, her favorite singer in the idol group she loves. Imagine her surprise when she ends up sitting next to none other than her idol! The group isn’t super well-known yet, so most of their schoolmates don’t know that Chihiro is a member of the idol group.

Sakiko doesn’t have many friends (or… any friends…) so she’s excited to potentially make new friends, but she was hoping to make a friend who was also a FAN of her favorite idol group – not one of the actual idols themself! She’s so careful about her interactions, worrying about what is “normal” for a new friendship and what might be seen as obsessive stalker fan behavior. Add into the mix a stalker fan who is pretending not to know Chihiro’s idol identity… What a ride! I love this coming of age, friends with an idol manga and can’t wait for the next volume.

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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