The novelization of "Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu", and the first light novel in the Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu series. The novel also alludes to the events of Kokuhaku Rival Sengen, the -another story-, and parts of Yakimochi no Kotae.
|“||A novel adaption of HoneyWorks’ “Kokuhoku Yokou Renshuu (Confession Rehearsal)“ about Natsuki, a third-year at Sakuragaoka High School, who holds unrequited feelings for her childhood friend, Yuu, who’s in the Film Club. However, instead of being honest about her feelings, she makes him her confession “rehearsal” partner. Unable to say her true feelings, things start to get complicated when Miou and Akari, who are also in the Art Club, get involved! Will she ever be able to confess for real!?||”|
—translated novel description
- Miou, now working as a teacher in Sakuragaoka, rediscovers her old yearbook and leafs through it. She finds an old photo of her and her friends group, waxing nostalgic over how young they all were, reminiscing about her high school days, and wondering what happened to Haruki since they graduated, leading into the main story.
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- This novel marks the first canonical appearance of Koyuki Ayase in the franchise, preceding his character song Kokuhaku Rival Sengen by nearly 2 weeks (13 days).
- Unlike the digital comic of Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu, the events of this novel take place over the course of one year, while the time window of the digital comic is vague but appears to be shorter.