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 interesting in Volume 10 of Boys Over Flowers and makes me wonder if Tsukushi will ever get a break from all the drama in her life?

Description (from the back of the volume): Rich boy Tsukasa returns to Japan after he discovers the true identity of Tsukushi's "Kinsan." Tsukushi herself is having trouble accepting his identity. Then Kinsan invites Tsukushi to a swank party where they bump into Tsukasa, who causes a major scene when Kinsan declares his intentions toward Tsukushi! Still desperate for money, Tsukushi goes to Tsukasa who comes up with a plan that everyone can benefit from. That is, if Tsukushi can win a beauty contest!

Review: Volume 10 of Boys Over Flowers sets up one of my favorite plot arcs of this manga series so far. Kinsan's real identity was a shocker at the end of Vol 9, a son of a Parliament member who disguises himself as a commoner, and it takes sometime for Tsukushi to wrap her head around this information. Tsukushi was drawn to Kinsan aka Amakusa because he didn't care for money or spent his time on obsessing over buying designer clothes and things like Tsukushi's elite classmates. Tsukushi never felt self conscious around Amakusa and I really hoped that these two would become a couple, but alas things don't work out.
  Amakusa tries to apologize to Tsukushi about hiding the truth from her and wants to make it up to her by inviting her to a dinner party. Tsukushi knows the party is definitely out of her social reach but doesn't want to go alone. She seeks Rui's help to be her date. The party as you can imagine is a huge disaster and humiliating experience for Tsukushi. In front of everyone Amakusa declares he doesn't want to follow his father's footsteps and announces that Tsukushi is the one he intends to marry! Tsukasa's anger explodes and he begins a fight with Amakusa. Tsukushi has no idea what to do and she's even more troubled when she learns that Amakusa is already engaged to the Japanese UN Ambassador. Though Tsukushi likes Amakusa, she doesn't love him or does she?
  Meanwhile Tsukushi learns that her father sought out 1 million yen from a loan shark to place a bet on horse racing in order to help the family's financial status. Unfortunately, her father lost the bet and now she must find a way to repay the loan shark. With exhausting all of her options, Tsukushi turns to Tsukasa for money but he will only give her the money if she enrolls herself in the Teen Japan beauty pageant and wins, which is less than two weeks away. Tsukushi, who never backs down for a challenge, accepts though she knows she can never win the prestigious prize. Tsukasa's sister offers Tsukushi advice and is willing to pay for tutors to help prepare Tsukushi for the event.

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some violence and language. Recommended for teens and up.

If you like this book try: Boys Over Flowers Vol. 11 by Yoko Kamio, Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda, Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
3 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    Oooo this sounds like a romantically tricky volume Rummanah! He perhaps could have picked a better time to announce his marriage plans than at dinner in front of a large group of people. Might have wanted to run that by her first ;-) Can't wait to hear what happens next with them!


  2. I was just looking for a book for a boy that is around this age. Oh this series might be something to consider. Sounds like Manga might be the way to go! Thanks! :)


  3. This sounds like a soap opera! I always wonder about guys and if they think before they announce things like that!! Obviously not. But that dare, whew! Poor girl! She's brave for sure! Sounds like a very good series.


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