Title: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Author: Yoru Sumino & Izumi Kirihara (Illustrator)
Genre: Manga/ YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: June 17th, 2015
Publisher: Seven Seas
“A Bittersweet Romance
In this deeply moving first-person story, an introverted high school boy finds his classmate’s diary―and learns her biggest secret. Yamauchi Sakura is dying from a pancreatic disease and now he is the only one person outside her family to know the truth. The last thing the boy wants is to be her friend, but Sakura’s cheerful demeanor and their shared secret draw them together in this heartrending tale of friendship and mortality.” (Goodreads)
To be honest I don’t know why I did this to myself. I knew going into this one that there was a 99.9% chance I would cry. Let me tell you, I cried. I cried a lot! Bittersweet romance? More like “rip your heart out” or this case “pancreas”.
I can’t remember why I had this one on my tbr. I’m pretty sure it came from a review on here and sadly, the book has been sitting on my shelf unread for over a year. Even though there was crying, I still very much loved this manga.
Yamauchi Sakura is dying but no matter what, she doesn’t act like it. She lives her life to the fullest and still carries on like everything is normal. She even goes as far as not telling her closest friends. It must have been such a hard life to only have your family know until one boy comes along and changes everything. I loved her character and honestly, I can learn a thing or two when it comes to the way she looks at life.
The boy is an introvert who reads books. That is so me and it was easy to understand his world. His world does get rocked when Yamauchi Sakura talks to him for the first and nothing is ever the same after that. He may have a bleak outlook on life and for the people around him but it’s amazing how one friendship can change your perspective.
The bond they shared was wonderful.
Obviously this manga deals with death. With that subject also comes talks about living your life and enjoying the moments you have. It also talks about love but it isn’t the main focus. Everything is just so well done. It’s easy to feel so many things while reading this.
One thing that is interesting about this manga is that you don’t even know the male character’s name until the very end. He is called all different things and there is a real special meaning behind why it wasn’t ever said and after the crying, which it also made me cry 😂, there was also happiness. It was a beautiful moment.
I feel like my review really means nothing because it is hard to put my feelings into words when it comes to this one. It’s just a powerfully, beautiful book.