Book Review: Dekoboko Bittersweet Days by Atsuko Yusen

Dekoboko Bittersweet Days

Author: Atsuko Yusen
Series: Dekoboko Sugar Days, book 2
Publisher: Tokyopop (March 22, 2022)
Kindle edition, 274 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga


Tiny and adorable when they first met, Rui – still just as adorable – now looms over his boyfriend, Yuujirou. Though they were little more than best friends at first, the confusion over their true feelings for one another smoldered until they confessed. Now every day passes with such overwhelming sweetness it’s all they can do not to ask themselves, “am I allowed to be this happy?”

The final high school judo contest, the last summer of their high school careers, and beyond… the thought of his future with Rui makes Yuujirou’s heart flutter.

A slow-burn love story between a diminutive, athletic teen and his towering, kind-hearted best friend as they journey the slightly bitter road to adulthood towards sweeter days.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I was a little uncertain going into this manga how it would go. The first volume of the series, Dekoboko Sugar Days, is about Yuujirou and Rui and their friends-to-lovers romance. In this second volume, they’re already a couple so you know SOMETHING is going to happen to shake their relationship up! This one (obviously) has a little more angst than the first one, as Yuujirou and Rui think about thinks like how and when to come out to their families, and what it will mean when they head off to college in the fall. The ending felt like it wrapped up just a tad abruptly, but I really loved the way it ended so I won’t complain TOO much!

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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