Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa

“Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy 23995516until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Driven by his pain to abandon piano, Kosei now lives in a monotonous, colorless world.Having resigned himself to a bland life, he is surprised when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can she bring Kosei back to music, and back to life?” -Goodreads

Every once in a while you pick up a story that touches your very soul. Whether it’s because that story reminded you of yourself, or because it opened your eyes to something new, it changes you forever.

That sounds incredibly melodramatic, I know. BUT. Hear me out. Your Lie in April was way more than I expected it to be. I’ve seen the show and read the six books that are currently available. Honestly, the art in the books does not do it the same justice that the show does. The animation is perfection.

The relationship between Kosei and his late mother is a very complex thing. She became ill and with it, became cruel. She beat perfection into Kosei, in the hopes that he would live out her dreams of being a pianist. Kosei’s last words to her were, “I wish you would just drop dead.” How does a person carry on with the knowledge that the last thing you told the only person in your life was that you wanted them to die? Even if they deserved your hatred. What it eventually boils down to though, is even though his mother was so awful in the last stretch of her life, was she really such an awful person? Is she really that cruel task-master that haunts Kosei every time he touches a piano?

And then you have Kaori. She’s your standard obnoxious, quirky girl but she’s so full of life. She doesn’t care at all what Kosei’s past held, music is in his heart and soul and he needs to play again or suffer forever. She changes him for the better; drags him out of the funk he’s been in for two years. She does all of this without the story taking on a super romantic feeling. Which I thought was awesome.

I’ve had this dream for years now of getting a cello and learning to play classical music. You want to know how much this story touched me? As soon as I finished it, I sped to the nearest music store and I bought that damn cello. No more holding back and dreaming about things I want. It’s time to act!

5 out of 5 cats. I’d give it more if I could.









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