|Reviews for I'd Rather Pretend|
| Guest chapter 3 . 10/12/2017
OH MY GOD! YES! I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG! IT TOOK ME TO THIS CHAPTER TO EVEN REALIZE THIS WAS THE STORY! AAAAAH! I LOVE THIS FIC SO MUCH!
| Yukage chapter 9 . 9/9/2017
At first, the Sasayan x Natsume pairing was just a crush, it made me smile a bit. After I read your story however, I am in love. love! My smile is now a full blown grin, and I find myself read and reading it again and again! Your writing style is very engaging, I was hooked after the first chapter. Natsume is imperfect, irritating but very realistic and likable. I actually love the way she oscillates between liking and being afraid of Sasayan! Speaking of which, if your Sasayan was a real gut, I'd totally push Natsume out of the way and go for him haha! Please write more of this pairing in the future! I'm looking forward to your future works!
| masqueyells chapter 9 . 9/9/2017
Awww. I came back from years ago to reread and catch up with the last two chapters, and whilst I did not always get what was going in Natsumi's head - she frustrated me so much most of the time, though I did kind of get her by the end - I think you pick out such unique details about feelings and actions and motives in your writing. Sasayan is a sweetheart, I don't get how he stuck out and tolerated her for so long (I guess he just knew her really well, and maybe saw her differently to us readers, who have access to her overthinking and internal monologues), but the more intimate scenes between him and Natsumi are a joy to read. The ending was cute, and I love the way their parents are written!
| RiMashiro chapter 9 . 8/22/2017
This was so freaking good I'm half-crying writing this review. Your writing style is lovely and I'm in love with you as a writer. I'm a sucker for angst and you delivered. 10/10 story
| chiyokira chapter 4 . 6/18/2017
OH MY GAH OH MY GASH OH MY GOSH OH MkjghrlkjsaghkljfhdsklFHljkhhgkldfghalkghakj DEAR LORDY YESSSSSSSS
THANK YOU SO MCUH FOR THIS
| Anonymous Reader chapter 9 . 4/16/2017
An emotionally thrilling piece. Lots of deep thought, and gradually realization and growing. Loved the climactic build up to the love scene. Well done, really enjoyed it.
| green-mao chapter 9 . 1/1/2017
What a satisfying ending. Your writing is superb and i especially loved the flow of your dialogues which was very on character and had a well-developed pace. I love this ship far more than the main couple of the original story, really. Gods, i love this fic- to the point that i dont want to read the manga anymore and delude this is canon. Thank you!
| TheRandomGirl chapter 9 . 11/4/2016
What a satisfying ending. I was planning on reading a few NatsumeSasayan fanfics but this was so satisfying I can't imagine reading another story for the next two days or more (maybe). Definitely something I'll reread again, and I'll surely remember this when I'm craving some good NatsumeSasayan.
I don't know if I want her to be an actress, since she might barely have any time for Sasayan, but I also love how she's finally deciding something and moving on with her life, making decisions. In fact I would be happy if this was the actual canon ending. Alright, I'll probably end up imagining their relationship turns out to be something like this from now on anyway.
Sasayan is so sweet and Natsume is adorable. Their relationship really grew into something beautiful. Natsume and her pov were really great to read. Many tears were shed and I laughed out loud at times too :D
About the M rated scene, I thought it was great. Usually these scenes are just about being sexy, but with this it felt like more. Less physical, more emotional. I liked fhe transition from the previous scene to this, since it made everything feel so meaningful.
Overall I felt the whole story flowed really well. I wasn't ever impatient or frustrated (though I felt sad for the characters and the situation). The characters felt not OOC at all, and they even grew over the course of the story. I felt like you took the characters from the manga and added more to them, but in a perfectly believable way that gives me more insight to them. The short times the other characters appeared were nice too and I also liked how they weren't forcefully inserted too many times that they felt like extras.
Most importantly, the ending was satisfying. Of course I would have loved more (there can never be enough, their interactions are the best!), but the important things are resolved. Not everything is set in stone and we don't exactly know how their lives will turn out, but their relationship and determination to move forward in this direction to make things possible is really nice.
Tldr; it was amazing and I love it. Sorry for the long repetitive review but just know that I love you for writing this :D
| TheRandomGirl chapter 6 . 11/4/2016
I haven't cried so much for a fanfic in a long time, even when I cried for the earlier chapter. I'll continue reading now
| TheRandomGirl chapter 2 . 11/4/2016
Wow this was amazing. The conversation between them. One paragraph would have me feeling bad for her and the next would have me feeling so bad for him. And overall it was just really sad. But everything absolutely made sense and was true to their characters. I wonder what's gonna happen now.
| TheRandomGirl chapter 1 . 11/4/2016
Oh my god I usually don't review a completed fic till I'm done but halfway through the first chapter and I was itching to leave a review already. And I didn't even know what i wanted to say.
I really love your portrayal of their relationship. And Sasayan in your story is just so endearing. He gives her his attention, maybe a little hopeful, but doesn't really expect anything back. And yet he's incredibly direct about things and strangely pushy, though he doesn't make her do anything she doesn't want. But despite him saying it is ok to remain friends for now, and his caringness when it comes to Natsume, everyone knows he wants more than that. And that's what makes me really love his character :D It often seems to be about what he wants and what she doesn't want, and he'll rarely go into the territory of "what she doesn't want", because he's such a great guy. Yet I love when he gives in to his feelings and does something... ahhh
And Natsume's reaction to him is very realistic in my opinion, since I'll probably feel the same as her in this case. Being afraid of what he wants, yet slightly hopeful for it, and disappointed when he pulls back even when it's what she wanted. The more she wonders the more curious she gets, and the more wary she is. But Sasayan as usual is handling her very well, and oh god they are so adorable.
I also really enjoy the way you write. I'm not sure what about it though. But even in the first few paragraphs about things like oranges, I already found myself really absorbed in the story :D
I am so excited to be reading the rest of the story so I shall get to reading it now. Love you!
| HappyH chapter 9 . 10/11/2016
I love this story so much. You are an amazing writer.
| Arrianna chapter 9 . 6/25/2016
The best I've read so far!
| Guest chapter 9 . 6/24/2016
A perfect ending. I really enjoyed this story, it was very accurate with the characters and also believable enough to be incorporated into the manga. Bravo!
| Guest chapter 2 . 6/22/2016
I think you've done a great job in capturing the characters from the manga in your story so far. It's all very natural but still has funny little anime/manga-esq things like with Natsume and the cat for instance. You've got a good build going on so far and I just want to commend you for it.