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Book Review: Let’s Dance A Waltz by Natsumi Andō (Volume 1)

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Genre: Manga, Young Adult Contemporary Romance, Shojo
Series: Let’s Dance A Waltz
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: DESTINED TO DANCE

Homely and shy, Himé is burdened by the name her mother gave her, “Princess.” Wanting nothing more than to be unnoticed and live a modest life, Himé gets a jolt of inspiration when she tries a dance class where she meets Tango. Her teacher/dance partner, Tango happens to also be her classmate at school. Unfortunately, Tango is desperate to keep his ballroom dancing a secret, believing it will ruin his cool image if anyone at school finds out. Will Tango quit teaching Himé in order to keep his secret or will he be the partner Himé believes he’s destined to be?

 

My Review: This story is shaping up to be a light, warm, fun read. I love that it’s about ballroom dancing but also about finding one’s inner beauty and rediscovering one’s passion.

The story in general gives of Ouran High School Host Club / Fruits Basket vibes. There’s also an “ugly duckling” vibe going on, but I’m hoping it’s more than that. There’s typically middle school drama in the background but all my attention was captivated by the characters.

Tango is your basic popular guy putting on too-cool-for-this air but I still like him. His character somewhat reminds me of Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club. Himé is cute and makes me smile. She’s kind of invisible at school but shines when she dances. I also liked Tango’s childhood friends Yūsei and Sumiré.

I really enjoyed Let’s Dance A Waltz and can’t wait to read on in volume 2!

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