This is a very funny comic with lots of visual jokes and puns. It's formatted in the 4-panel strip style, where each set of 4 panels (1 set per page) is its own lead-up to a joke, but with an over-arching plot and sometimes jokes that get built up over several pages. It's probably not surprising - since the title explicitly refers to a type of manga magazine and uses a Japanese honorific - that it is distinctly Japanese in some ways and most appealing/accessible to those who are at least a little bit familiar with the Japanese comics/animation industry, tropes, and clichés. Chiyo Sakura is our high school student main character. She is in the art club and catches schoolmate Nozaki's eye with a poster she makes to recruit new members. When she finally gets up the nerve to confess her crush to him, it comes out all wrong and he thinks she's confessing that she's a fan of his work. He is, after all, a famous girls' manga creator, even if no one at school believed him when he said so. Without knowing quite how she got there, Chiyo finds herself as Nozaki's assistant, filling in the black parts of his drawings. She still can't tell him of her crush, but now she gets to spend a lot more time with him, and even in his apartment while they work...along with other friends who help out or provide inspiration in other ways. Since it's volume one, we mostly are spending time establishing the different characters who populate Chiyo and Nozaki's world - and the ones Nozaki puts into his story ("Let's Love!" - hearts and frills romance that is completely at odds with his own image). To be honest, one of the problems with gag manga like this is I don't find a lot of rereadability in them. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is incredibly funny and I don't regret buying a copy of the first volume or anything, but I wish it were omnibus style instead of volume by volume. The gags just move too quickly and then the book is done, and the simplicity of the style means there isn't a lot to go back and discover on a reread (though it's still funny!). There was an anime based on this series last summer, which I'm told is hilarious, though I've not seen it yet.