2 SB Viz novels down, only one more to go:
Socrates in Love Novel
(I don’t count Hot Gimmick since I never read the manga)
I purposely have held off on reading this because I heard it’s a real tearjerker.
You all saw how emotional I got with Brave Story.
But I want to read all the light novels I can get my hands on, no matter how adverse I am to sad things. Maybe reading something sad will make me appreciate all I have now? *tries to think positively*
Title: Be With You
Author: Takuji Ichikawa
Summary on the back:
When Takumi’s wife suddenly returns from the grave, he can’t believe his eyes. How could such a thing be possible? Is she here to stay? Has love miraculously triumphed over death? As Takumi starts looking for answers to these questions, he discovers the secret of his wife’s appearance is somehow linked to the past… and the future.
Takkun and his son Yuji have been doing minimal to keep themselves alive each day. They wear unwashed laundry. Eat the same foods. Sleep in an untidy apartment. When Mio – Takkun’s wife and Yuji’s mother – died, so did their lives.
This all changes when Mio comes back to them. But how?
Be With You was a touching fast read. It was sweet to see how a family fallen apart by a member’s death is placed back together again when that member returns.
Learning about Takkun and Mio’s past was definitely the highlight of the book for me. I love back-stories of characters – makes them seem more interesting and alive (though that’s weird to say haha).
How Mio came back was definitely a surprise (I can honestly say I did not see that explanation coming at all). But it helped tie everything together (in both the past and future).
Be With You was a bittersweet read. Though it’s happy to see a family together, it’s like Takkun (the main character) says:
“Not all stories are filled with happiness. Some stories are sad. Most sad stories are made up of tales of parting. To this day, I have never heard a story of a meeting that did not also involve a parting.”
Satisfied or Unsatisfied: Satisfied
Feelings: Warm fuzzies