Adorable Book Reminds Us to Embrace Friendship

I’ll never forget the feeling I had my first day in Seattle. It was rainy. I was full of self-doubt, alone, and scared. I had a knot in my stomach that lingered for weeks. This artsy book about friendship reminds me of this time. It reminds me of all the times I was lonely, the times I really needed a friend. Those times suck. But they sure make me cherish friendship. A chat with a good pal brings light to my day. A simple facebook like makes me smile. This book reminds me of the specialness of friend-love, friend crushes, and connections (online or in real life). It inspires me to tell my friends I love them.

Book Cover, Monsterlike creature sitting at a table by himself. Simple line drawing.

Artist Yumi Sakugawa’s combines her passions of drawing and writing to create this quirky book titled I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You. Yumi Sakugawa explains: “What’s friend-love? It’s that super-awesome bond you share with someone who makes you happy every time you text each other, or meet up for an epic outing. It’s not love-love. You don’t want to swap saliva; you want to swap favorite books. But it’s just as intense and just as amazing.”

The comic-style book expresses all the random acts of kindness—texts sent, real hugs, coffees delivered, facebook shares, dinners made—that we all hope our friends will do for us. A woman, who I admire dearly, once told me that it is rare to have truly close friends and that in a lifetime if you have 2-3 you are blessed. Maybe she’s right; I hope she’s wrong. I have a lot of friend love to go around.

If all of this is just too sappy for you, go-ahead take a look at the book, I bet it will make you smile.


comic style illustration about friends who have reached their close friend quota.

See more of Yumi Sakugawa’s illustrations and comics on her website, check out her blog across the yumiverse.