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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
I'm Kita Duran by Veronica Purcell is a light novel heavily influenced by the elements of Shojo manga and Shonen Ai. After his mother gets remarried, Kita Duran becomes a transfer student at what has to be the world's most dreary and straitlaced high school. It's not a good fit for Kita's free spirited, music loving personality and he bumps heads with a few stuck up students and teachers. Still, despite the obstacles, he's determined to form the school's first ever music club. But before he can get started, and in true manga style, a hilarious mishap occurs. A science experiment goes wrong, making everybody view each other through Shojo love filters! Having to fight off a few amorous advances and come to grips with his own feelings, Kita must bring his friends together and show that a music club can be successful in such a straitlaced environment full of future salary men.
I'm a big fan of manga and anime and I love diving into a good boys' love tale, so when I spotted the intriguing cover I decided to give it a go. Any fan of Shojo and Shonen Ai manga will be able to spy many of those elements in I'm Kita Duran by Veronica Purcell. It's filled with crazy baka moments interspersed with tender back stories and fun characters. I'm Kita Duran was originally a web series novel and it does read like one; there were times were I wasn't really sure where the plot was going or if there was one at all. But the writing style is such that you're willing to hang on in this crazy ride of Kita's adventures. It definitely reminds me of reading a light manga series and I'm sure fans will enjoy it.