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I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You (Book) Review

 
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3.5/ 5


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An interesting take on friendship.

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A bit melancholy in tone and presentation.


Final Fiendish Findings?

While it isn’t the type of book you’d lie down with to read in front of the fire, it is a nice little coffee table book that would make a great gift for the special friends (prospective or otherwise) in your life.

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Posted December 4, 2013 by

 
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Author and illustrator Yumi Sakugawa takes readers on a heart wrenching journey of unrequited friendship.

I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You is not your average tome. It’s more of a picture book than anything, really, featuring basic ink drawings almost exclusively done in grays and blacks. What is does, is takes you on a journey through what it means to be a friend – and how it feels when those feelings are not immediately returned. It’s kind of depressing at times, a little bit lonely, and inexplicably adorable.

The book begins with a few simple words, “I have a confession to make.”  Readers then see the narrator of the tale, an amorphous creature that appears to be covered in hair and has only one eye, as he/she sits on a lonely bench and gazes through the window at the object of his/her friend affection.  And then, much like a prospective love interest would do, the creature begins to list the things they would do together, if only they were friends.

From reblogging each other on tumblr and radom pokes on Facebook, to sharing special friend hugs and swapping their favorite books, the two are imagined in a variety of friend situations (but never more than friends). What immediately came to mind is how great this book would be to gift to a truly special friend, as it really captures the little moments that are so important (yet often overlooked) in close friendships. In discussing how very much the creature would love to have that friend to share coffee with, send cat memes to, and just be around, the book really hits home how much those little things really mean in the end.

I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You is a simple, short book, that manages to capture those everyday moments that truly make a friendship special. While the tone is often quite melancholy, and the understated drawings are as well, the creatures quest for friend-love, unrequited though it may be, hits all the right notes in describing what friendship means today. While it isn’t the type of book you’d lie down with to read in front of the fire, it is a nice little coffee table book that would make a great gift for the special friends (prospective or otherwise) in your life.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)