Rummanah Aasi
 Manga Mondays is a meme hosted by Alison at Alison Can Read where bloggers can share their passion for reading mangas. It's a great place to get new manga titles to try and to meet new bloggers. Things get more serious in Volume 9 of Boys Over Flowers.

Description (from the back of the Volume): Tsukasa is headed for New York to break away from his Tokyo life, but just before leaving Rui whispers something to him. When this news finally sinks in Tsukasa goes into another one of his frenzies.
  Financial troubles weigh heavy on the Makino family as Tsukushi's father is out of a job. It becomes clear that they are completely dependent on her marrying a rich boy from Eitoku Academy.
 A new boy enters the scene! He is a bit of a nut, but is determined to help Tsukushi.

Review: Vol 9 brings tones down the silliness of the manga and takes time to focus on serious issues. Tsukushi gets a reality check. She has been so caught up on her "relationships" with the F4 and dealing with the bullying at her school that she hasn't had the chance to think of anything else. She is stunned to find out that her father has been laid off and they must move to a poorer neighborhood. In order to ease her family's financial anxiety, Tsukushi decides to look for a job that will help pay for home expenses.
  What I love about Tsukushi is that she always rises up to the challenge, is responsible for her actions and how they affect her family. With her desperation so apparent, she is lured by a shady photographer who tells her that he'll pay a million yen to take some pictures but to Tsukushi's horror she realizes that he was to take porn photos of her. Tsukushi nearly escapes sexual assault and gets her first job with the help of a stranger named Amakusa.
  This plot point allows an introduction to a new character named Amakusa who seems to a be well-off, trustworthy, and take-charge type of person who is very different from the hot/cold Tsukasa and the quiet Rui who is always in his la-la land. I really like seeming Tsukushi with Amakusa and I'm curious to learn more about him. Unlike the people she knows at school, Amakusa isn't preoccupied by spending money and on material things which makes him easier to connect and talk to. We aren't told much about Amakusa which adds to his mysterious air.
  While Tsukushi is wrapping her head around her own financial issues, her love life is still in shambles. She seems drawn to Amakusa, still has feelings for Rui, but also has a strong reaction when she finds out that Tsukasa is going to New York! What's a girl to do? Though she denies having any feelings toward Tsukasa, it's apparent that there is a tension between them. They bicker and banter as a couple. Tsukushi is even more stunned and confused when she sees Tsukasa return from Japan for her and to reveal Amakusa's real identity.
 
Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some language and crude sexual humor and Tsukushi is saved from sexual assault. Recommended for teens and up.

If you like this book try: Boys Over Flowers Vol. 10 by Yoko Kamio, Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda, Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
1 Response
  1. Now I remember where I've heard about Boys over Flowers from. I read the first volume of the series last week. I really liked it. I'm excited to go on.


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