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. In Volume 16 of Boys Over Flowers, Tsukushi can no longer ignore how Tsukasa feels about her, but she return his feelings?

Description: Tsukasa's 18th birthday doesn't go smoothly at all! Tsukushi is introduced to Kaede, Tsukasa's mother, by way of falling over a table and causing a scene. Kaede tells her to get out, but Tsukasa defends her by declaring that she is precious to him. Thus begins a three-sided war between the three most headstrong people you've ever seen! Tsukushi and Tsukasa get away for a while and spend some time on Tsukasa's boat, but they can't hide from Kaede forever.

Review: Volume 16 is filled with melodrama and hilarity. Tsukushi does not know how to make a great first impression. After being covered with food on her dress after her disastrous fall, she meets Tsukasa's mother, Kaede, a woman even the high society of Japan is afraid of. Kaede doesn't hold back her disgust about Tsukushi and doesn't miss a beat to insult and humiliate Tsukushi about her family's poor financial status. To everyone's shock, Tsukasa stands up for Tsukushi and in a loud, clear voice declares that he loves Tsukushi and that she is very dear to him. They leave abruptly for Tsukasa's yacht and spend sometime together while Kaede spends her time in concocting a plan to get rid of Tsukushi.
  While at the Tsukasa's yacht, Tsukushi finds herself confused yet again about her feelings about Tsukasa. How can he in one minute be the biggest jerk she ever met and in the next minute be incredibly sweet? It's the same question that I have as a reader. It's very easy to write Tsukasa off as a jerk, but he does have some great moments where you see a positive side of him and now you're confused as to what to think of him. I do like the ambiguity of his character and I can definitely understand why someone like Tsukushi who has a good head on her shoulders is confused about Tsukasa.
  As this volume closes, we get to see how truly manipulative Kaede can be in getting what she wants. She not only bribes Tsukushi's family to prevent her from spending time to Tsukasa but also brings another character into what could be the manga series's second love triangle! Will Tsukushi's feelings for Tsukasa become clearer? Will Kaede's plan of separating Tsukushi and Tsukasa be successful? We'll find out in the next volume!

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some crude humor and minor language. Recommended for teens and up.

If you like this book try: Boys Over Flowers Vol 17 by Yoko Kamio, Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda, Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
2 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    Sounds like Tsukasa blows hot and cold pretty often in this series which I would normally find irritating, but I think in a situation like this where there are so many smaller volumes instead of one large novel, his behavior would be less frustrating. I think the hot/cold thing works better in an episodic format for sure. Glad you enjoyed this volume Rummanah!


  2. A second love triangle and you are liking the series? That sounds like a well written series if it can survive a love triangle and possibly a second!


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