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Reading Wednesday

Got very little serious reading done this week Because Reasons (sad RL event).

I read the openings to This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared, which I mentioned last week, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (which I had forgotten that I'd bought a couple of weeks ago to support our local bookstore after killing some time there between appointments). More power of concentration will be needed to continue with either.

I read volumes 2 and 3 of the manga A Silent Voice, and now I am on the horns of a dilemma. The mangaka has ticked me off in a couple of ways, and even though I love the idea of the story and have become very fond of Shoko's tough, neglected tomboy little sister, I may decide to abandon the series, which rarely happens with me.

First, ex-bully Shoya is trying to arrange for more friends for his former victim, Shoko. The first girl he digs up is at Shoko's request, a girl who was kind to Shoko when they were all in middle school and who ended up getting bullied herself. That works out well enough that Shoya sometimes feels a bit of a third wheel around them. So when he encounters another former middle school classmate about whom he has no definite negative memories, he assumes that she's another potential friend. Actually, she is a manipulative little schemer in a very stereotypically Mean Schoolgirl way, and I cringe away from the book whenever she's on the page. (Can you tell that I was bullied in middle school for befriending a girl who was in Special Education?)

Then, the author introduces a Profound Misunderstanding between Sho and Sho, just so things will become even sadder. It takes a really good author to do this without pissing me off. Yoshitoki Ōima is simply not on that level. See, the two of them are starting to understand each other pretty well in sign language ... so instead, Shoko suddenly decides that she has to start trying to speak aloud! And won't go back to Sign even when it's clear that Shoya does not understand the Startling Confession she has just made!

I swear, I was grinding my teeth when that happened.

Does anyone know if things improve in this series?

On an even more frivolous note, I also started reading fanfiction for Stand Still, Stay Silent.

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minutia_r
Sep. 29th, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
Wow, a character suddenly demanding that someone who is comfortable with signing start to use speech sounds like a terrible plot development, especially if it's just done for manufactured drama. I've heard good things about that series until now, but man, sometimes you've just got to say there are too many good books that you'll never get a chance to read without wasting your time with stuff like that.
chomiji
Sep. 29th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh, no - their names are really confusing ... and both get called "Sho" as a nickname. I think it's one of the things that the boy was using in his list of why this girl was annoying back in middle school.

No, Shoko (girl who is deaf) insists on trying to speak aloud herself. Which makes no sense, especially when it becomes clear that Shoya (boy) doesn't understand what she's trying to tell him.
minutia_r
Sep. 29th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
Oh! Well, that's a bit better, then.
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