The main character in Life is Ayumu Shiiba, a high-school student who struggles with school. With a heap of study and the help of her friend Shii-chan, they both try to get accepted into Nishidate High School.
However, when test day finally arrives, Ayumu excels and gets a higher score than Shii-chan and gets to go to Nishidate whilst Shii-chan misses out. An angry Shii-chan then tells Ayumu she doesn't want to see her ever again. To cope with the loss of her friend, Ayumu begins cutting and inflicting bodily harm upon herself.
Ayumu goes off to her new high school and continues to cut. Here she makes a new friend named Manami Anzai who has a boyfriend named Katsumi Sako. Something happens between Katsumi and Manami, and Manami then becomes suicidal.
Life manga was interesting. When I first picked it up I didn't expect to like it at all. After reading through it three times, I really wanted to read more. It was a book I could relate to in someways, something which I enjoy in my manga.
The pictures in Life were great with clear illustrations. The storyline though did bore me at times.
Life manga does contain many images on cutting, which at times may not have been a good thing because I am / was a cutter. Though the reason Ayumi cuts may differ from other "cutters", it gives some insight into why people cut.
I loved this book and would recommend it if you like stories based on real life happenings. If stories on cutting make you want to cut, please read with care. ^_^