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Boys Run the Riot 1 (Paperback)

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I'm always on the lookout for genderqueer stories, and this manga is a RIOT! High school, family, and society have a hard time accepting Ryo's gender. The only time Ryo feels like himself is when he wears his favorite clothes and fashion brands. It just so happens that the class delinquient, Jin, has similar style and tastes. Watch these two unlikely friends "bite back at the world" as they make their own fashion brand!


— From Boys Run The Riot! Vol. 1


A transgender teen named Ryo finds an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. This personal, heartfelt, fictional story from a transgender manga creator made waves in Japan and will inspire readers all over the world!
Best Books for Teens 2021 selection, New York Public Library
Winner, 77th Tetsuya Chiba Prize
Nominee, Harvey Awards

High schooler Ryo knows he’s transgender, but he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryo “dresses like a boy.” He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully… The only time Ryo feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryo sees someone he didn’t expect: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class has the same taste in fashion as him! At last, Ryo has someone he can open up to—and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to the world.

About the Author

Keito Gaku is a manga artist and transgender man living in Japan. Gaku is winner of the 77th Tetsuya Chiba Prize. His debut manga series and first work to be published in English is Boys Run the Riot.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781646512485
ISBN-10: 1646512480
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: May 25th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Boys Run the Riot