So Cute It Hurts is the story of twins Mitsuru and Megumo and their romantic comedy antics at school. It’s silly and cute (as the title implies) but admittedly the plot is fairly pedestrian. Sweet but innocent girl, showy brother, mean girl and flashy guy at school and a lot of situational comedy. The art is sweet and this is definitely a feel-good title.
Story: Megumu and Mitsuru are twins. One day, they decide to trade places and through the magic of wigs, no one figures out in their high schools. When both meet the girl/boy of their dreams, they are not sure how they are going to reveal their crushes while cosplaying each other. Especially when the objects of their interest each like someone else.
The author has a lot of fun crossing romantic threads here: Mitsuru makes an enemy of popular girl Azusa, who then gets a crush on him. But Mitsuru likes Shino Takenaka. Shino likes Aoi Sanada; but Sanada is the guy that Megumu suddenly likes. Most of the first book is introducing the characters, getting to know the two love interests (Takenaka is deaf, Sanada wears an eye patch) and learning how to communicate with them. Mean girls and rowdy boys make each of the twins’ lives difficult.
Although I didn’t find much of interest here, I imagine that there are many who will really like this kind of cute story. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.