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. A new romance story arc is slowly forming in the next few volumes of Boys Over Flowers albeit with some obstacles and awkward moments.

Description: When the Makino family's finances hit rock bottom yet again, they decide to move to the countryside so Tsukushi's father can earn a living as a fisherman. Poor Tsukushi is left behind in their apartment to try her hand at independent living. A few guests stop by, one most unwelcome--Tsukasa's mother! Tsukushi stands up to the domineering woman, effectively declaring war. Then a housewarming gift from the F4 wreaks havoc on the apartment, leaving Tsukushi homeless! Will anyone take her in?!

Review: Volume 18 was a fun read full of awkward moments for Tsukushi and Tsukasa. Tsukushi's family is once again in financial peril. Her parents have decided that they and Tsukushi's younger brother will move to a fishing village in order for Tsukushi's father to get a job. When Tsukushi insists she joins her family, her parents refuse and tell her that she must continue her schooling and indirectly keep Tsukasa interested in her. It's frustrating how Tsukushi's parents view Tsukasa as their panacea for their financial troubles without even caring how he treats their daughter, but I like how Tsukushi refuses to let anyone solve her own problems.
  Meanwhile Kaede, Tsukasa's domineering mother has found out that Tsukasa's engagement is broken and visits Tsukushi to remind her that she is worthless and no good for Tsukasa. Tsukushi is a moment full of rage, accepts whatever challenges that Kaede wants to give her and indirectly gives Tsukasa hope that she does care for him in more of a love interest way.
  On a high for standing up to a new bully, Tsukushi spends a few blissful days making over her parents house. When the F4 visit her, they are shocked to see how "simple" Tsukushi lives and orders her brand new furniture as a homecoming gift, which is incredibly thoughtful except the furniture is so heavy that it breaks the floors of her house making it unlivable. Now Tsukushi is homeless and running out of choices until one very unlikely solution arises: live in Tsukasa's house. Will Tsukushi accept the invitation? And under what terms is she to live in the Tsukasa's mansion? Find out in the next volume of Boys over Flowers!  

Rating: 3.5 stars

Words of Caution: There is mild language in this volume. Recommended for teens and adults.

If you like this book try: Boys Over Flowers Vol 19 by Yoko Kamio, Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda, Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
2 Responses
  1. Breaks the floors of her house? That sounds really silly. Was it presented realistically in the book?

    When I was in Australia, I went to this huge bookstore called Kinokuniya. It's a Japanese chain that had books in English and Japanese and Chinese. It had the largest manga section I have ever seen. It killed me not to buy ever book in that store. I've never seen anything like it.

  2. Whoa! I think I would find some other option than his house! Not with his mom there!
    I can't wait. This is like watching a soap opera, only way better!!

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