Welcome to レンタルおにいちゃん - Big Brother Rental!
We’re reading this as the Absolute Beginner Book Club!
For an idea of the difficulty, click on this link to view the first chapter free on Pixiv. As a club we’ll be putting together a vocabulary list as we go and answering each other’s questions. We’ll plan to read this at a relatively slow pace so that those who are new to reading native Japanese books can keep up.
If you want to take part… just buy the book and join in the discussion! There’s a membership poll further down.
Little Kanami has lost the warmth of family at home, following first the death of her parents, and second her once-kind big brother becoming distant and abusive. She lacks the warmth of friendship at school, where classmates either bully or ignore her. When things seem to be at their worst, Kanami meets Makoto, a young man whose kindness is exactly what’s missing from her life. Makoto, seeing a reflection of his own childhood in Kanami, offers a proposition: any time she’s feeling down, she can rent time with him as a big brother.
You can read the original nomination post for this book here.
Please be aware the story involves some moments of verbal, psychological, and slight physical abuse which might make some readers uneasy.
Schedule & Discussion Thread Links
The first thing to decide is when to start - see below. We’ll plan out the reading schedule for the book and have a new thread each week for that week’s reading.
Book Club Members
- I want to take part in this book club
- I’m skipping this one
If you’ve read it before but will join in the discussion, please select ‘yes’!