Bound To Stay Bound

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 Boys Run The Riot 1 (Boys Run The Riot (Manga))
 Author: Gaku, Keito

 Publisher: Penguin Young Readers (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 

 BTSB No: 363879 ISBN: 9781646512485
 Ages: 16-18 Grades: 11-12

Price: $10.65

High schooler Ryo knows he’s transgender, but he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryo “dresses like a boy.” He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully… The only time Ryo feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. In manga graphic novel format.

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2021 At its most basic level, Boys Run the Riot is about two high-school boys trying to start a fashion brand. Beyond that is a story of being true to oneself, confronting a society that says “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” and following your dreams anyway. Ryo, a trans boy struggling to accept himself, meets Jin, confident troublemaker, and they bond over their shared taste in fashion. What follows is an adventure as the pair argue, confide secrets and hopes to each other, begin to build an online business, make enemies, and find support from understanding characters. Most striking in the art are occasional photorealistic elements—a camera, graffiti, clothes—that draw the eye and underline the importance of the item. The volume ends with an interview in which author Gaku shares his inspirations and thoughts on being an openly trans manga artist, plus notes about the translation, which importantly share nuances, lost in English, of how Japanese conveys gender. An excellent setup for a teen series. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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