Warning: If you have not read “Book Girl and The Wayfarer’s Lamentation” by Mizuki Nomura, do not read this review if you want to avoid spoilers. If you don’t mind spoilers or you already read the book, go ahead and read it!
Once again, I have another book review and this time it’s for “Book Girl and The Wayfarer’s Lamentation” by Mizuki Nomura. Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“Tohko will be graduating soon. Although that thought makes him sad, when he spends New Year’s with Kotobuki, Konoha feels the distance between them closing ever so slightly. However, when he hears that Kotobuki has been suddenly hospitalized and goes to visit her, he is reunited with a girl he never for a moment forgot! A girl who smiles exactly like she used to. However, Konoha’s bonds with those around him begin to creak loudly, and she is at the center of it all. What exactly is the truth? What is it that she wishes for? What are the girl’s true feelings, as the Book Girl imagines them? The long-awaited fifth volume!”
Surprise surprise, the character of Miu that Konoha has often discussed during the past four novels finally makes an appearance in person! However, it turns out throughout the book, and arguably right from the first appearance she has in person, that she is not as nice and wonderful as Konoha thought her out to be, and he learns this lesson in the worst way possible. Miu manipulates Konoha into nearly severing ties with his friends, even Tohko and Kotobuki, all for the sake of her own vengeance on him.
I was really shocked with how far Miu was willing to go to get her vengeance on Konoha all because of a bit of a misunderstanding. Konoha had never meant to harm Miu by using her name as a penname when winning that writing contest, and had actually meant well for her the whole time. It was unfortunate to finally see what went wrong between her and Konoha, but it definitely cleared up the mystery behind them when they finally confronted each other over their messy situation.
Konoha gained a lot of growth in this book, as he quickly realized that appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes the people you trust aren’t always the people that you should rely on, and that it’s good to take a good look at your current relationships and figure out which ones are really genuine. As for Tohko and Kotobuki (and arguably all the rest of the characters that weren’t Miu or Konoha), I am glad that they saw past the manipulation Miu tried to pull on them, and did their best to make sure Konoha didn’t get lost to them because of her. Were their attempts successful all the time? No. But they kept trying and trying again, even when things seemed bleak. Their persistence to try to help Konoha get the bigger picture of their situation was rather notable, especially for Kotobuki and Tohko.
I found that it was really good to have this book center more on Konoha and his relationships with the other characters. By this point in the series, Konoha has met a good number of people like Tohko, Kotobuki, Chia Takeda and so on, and has bonded with all of them. The fact that the events in this book made him look at his relationships repeatedly makes the point of growing and developing the characters into more relatable characters rather than just have them appear in one book and then be done with as if they never really happened. It shows how lasting an impact relationships of all sorts (though more on friendship in this case) can really affect a person, in this case Konoha, and I can’t help but commend the author for that.
Overall, I would give the book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars because of deep amount of characterization. If you haven’t read the other books before this one yet, I’d recommend you read all of those first because this book builds up a lot from all the events from the previous books.