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Art & Max by David Wiesner
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Emily and the Strangers Volume 2: Breaking the Record by Rob Reger
Eric by Terry Pratchett
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 1: The Paradigm Shift by Simon Oliver
5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai
The Flying Beaver Brothers: Birds vs. Bunnies by Maxwell Eaton III
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner
The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Monkey Truck by Michael Slack
Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
The Outside Dog by Charlotte Pomerantz
Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 by Eric Colossal
The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker
Sophie's Fish by A.E. Cannon
Speak Easily by Clarence Budington Kelland
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
25 Roses by Stephanie Faris
Ukulele Hayley by Judy Cox
The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

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5 Centimeters per Second: 12/24/15

5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai

5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai is a two part manga about a friendship that could have been so much more but is allowed to peter out.

Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari are best friends in grammar school and might even become a couple when they get older. Unfortunately that's not be because one of them moves. No matter of cajoling or begging can let them commute to a school on the train.

They try correspondence but shyness and other things get in the way, as they do. And so slowly but surely they grow apart. There's one last ditch effort to meet via train and everything hinges on it.

5 Centimeters per Second reminds me most of two books: Blankets by Craig Thompson and a picture book, You and Me by Susan Verde. One is directly about an intense relationship that falls apart after a long distance journey. The other is a what if, playing on all the ways their friendship could have ended before it even began.

Five stars

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