Review of Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps, Volume 1

Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps. Step One: Tetris / Step Two: Fun and GamesLearning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps. Step One: Tetris / Step Two: Fun and Games by Alex Gabriel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars.
This is rather difficult, as this book was obviously not meant to stand alone. This first book is clearly an introduction. To both our main protagonist, Ryuu and his best friend / soon to be love interest (one would hope), Hiro, as well as to the world of JPop fabricated teen idols.

The book is set in Tokyo in the JPop world, which is a world completely foreign to me, even though I have visited Japan and enjoyed the excitement and quirkiness that is Tokyo. The setting is interesting, if slightly surreal, but creates a great back drop to the two young men’s story.

I really enjoyed the author’s voice, and also Ryuu’s slightly snarky narration. And as I was aware of the serial nature of this book going in, I felt ok with the abrupt ending. But I still hope, to see the story and the relationship moving forward in book 2.

Overall series rating (all three books): 3.5-4 stars Very enjoyable and recommendable. If you start, you will need to get the next one.

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