A Silent Voice VOL. 1

Yoshitoki Ooima

Oima, Yoshitoki; A Silent Voice
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication date: 2-May-2015
Date Finished: 30-March-2016
Format: paperback
Pages: 192
Series:  A Silent Voice (#1)
Genres: Manga, Shojo, Young Adult
ISBN: 9781632360564
Source: library
Rating:4 star


Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?” -Goodreads


When I first started reading this graphic novel, I was sitting in the library, and I was tempted to put it back on the shelf because it isn’t an art style and story I typically read. (In usually read Shojos with big eyes and they are usually a rom-com.) I’m glad I checked this one out. I think that because it is a much more serious tone, about bullying, this graphic style fit well. It was a nice break from the romances I usually read because I feel that this story is much more relatable. No matter who you are you’ve seen an instance of bullying or else have been bullied yourself for something uncontrollable. This story ends on a very drastic note, and I am eagerly awaiting the next volume.


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