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. Bullying rears its ugly head once again in the Boys Over Flowers series.

Description: It's Tsukushi's first time abroad, and she and her friend Yuki plan to tear up the slopes on a Canadian snowboarding adventure. But how much fun can Tsukushi really have with Tsukasa and those nasty Eitoku Academy girls always hanging around? Not much, it seems, because Tsukushi is sent out on a wild goose chase to rescue Yukui in below freezing temperatures. But who will rescue Tsukushi?!

Review: Tsukushi, and her best friend Yuki join the F4 to a trip to Canada. The purpose of the trip is to bring Tsukushi and Tsukasa closer to becoming an official couple, however, our romantic leads are not talking to one another after their horrendous date at the zoo. To make troubles worse, Assai and the nasty group of rich girls from Eitoku Academy has overheard Tsukushi telling Yuki about the trip before they left and have managed to follow the F4 all the way to Canada! Assai and her gang have only one goal in mind: get closer to Tsukasa by any means necessary. 
  Bullying is a constant theme running throughout the Boys over Flowers manga series. At times the bullying highlights the socio-economical differences between the different classes at the Eitoku university and at other times the bullying spotlights the unfair gender roles. In this volume of Boys over Flowers, the bullying is an attempt to show Tsukushi's caring side as a flaw especially when Tsukushi puts her life in danger to help Yuki who is supposedly lost in a snowstorm. Unlike the bratty gang of girls, the F4 doesn't see Tsukushi as weak but a strong girl who willing to do anything to save her friend and they start to devise a plan to help rescue her. 
  Tsukasa, our mercurial "hero" shows his soft and sensitive side in taking a lead role in finding and rescuing Tsukushi. There are many cute moments between these two in this volume. The romantic tension increases between the two characters. While Tsukushi does acknowledge that Tsukasa has saved her life, she is rightfully still leery of him due to his wild mood swings. Meanwhile Yuki who envied Tsukushi for being enrolled in Eitoku Academy and part of the F4 now understands that Tsukushi's life isn't as glamorous as she once thought.

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some language and crude sexual humor. Recommended for teens and adults.

If you like this book try: Boys Over Flowers Vol. 14 by Yoko Kamio, Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda, Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
2 Responses
  1. I wouldn't have really gave this one a second look without your review. Hm... might be a manga I would enjoy.


  2. This sounds so different from the point where I'm at in this series. I'm curious to see how things develop.


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