Manga Romance Chosen by one of Pittsburgh’s Top Teen Readers

CLP's top teen reader from Summer Reading 2018 stands in CLP-Beechview's Teenspace.


Pick up a book chosen by one of Pittsburgh’s top teen readers!

Barbie Pimentel has been a long-time user of CLP—Beechview. For six years, she has worked as a library volunteer. And over the summer of 2018, she read and logged over 400 books for Summer Reading—the most of any teen in Allegheny County! To celebrate Barbie’s achievement, she’s put together a display of all her favorite titles.

Take it away Barbie!

Some days you can be wondering about a relationship, either yours or possibly a friend’s. Later on some complications start to run across your mind and you wonder if relationships are really that complex. Shojo beat manga shows realistic relationships that are quite lovely, despite all their complications. These recommendations are set from most liked then down. I really enjoyed all these books and I hope you guys try them out! Thank you for your time. 

Black Bird

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. All that changes one day when Misao is attacked by a demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts – with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves – by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive… and decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds.


Kyoko always thought that Sho, whose family took her in when she was small, was her prince charming. However, when Sho heads for Tokyo to make it big as a musician, Kyoko goes with him and has to quit high school to support his dream. But soon, being in the big city makes Kyoko realize that she has show business ambitions of her own! You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby. 

Strobe Edge

Being in love can light up your life… A sweet love story that will warm your heart!