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. Tsukushi and Tsukasa are trying out as a couple. They survived one small argument, but are they strong enough to face Tsukasa's mother? Let's find out!

Description: Tsukasa's mother, Kaede, is back! Can Tsukushi really stay in the house of the woman with whom she is at war?! Kaede takes a new and vicious tack in her obsession to tear Tsukushi away from her upper class son. If Tsukushi can't be bribed, then maybe Kaede can destroy the lives of Tsukushi's friends! Tsukushi is forced to take extreme measures-but what course will she choose?!

Review: Wow, I couldn't turn the pages in this volume fast enough. Volume 21 is filled with tension, drama, and heartache. Tsukushi and Tsukasa survived their first argument since they've announced that they are dating. The argument which had Tsukasa punching Tsukushi's best friend's womanizing boyfriend, actually brought Tsukasa and Tsukushi together and displayed the F4's loyalty to their friends.
  Now a bigger threat has arisen and it's going to need everyone's help to keep Tsukasa and Tsukushi together. Kaede, Tsukasa's nightmare of a mother, is back and she is not happy (boy, that's an understatement!) when she discovers that Tsukushi has been living in her house and dating her son. Normally, I would say that Kaede's mama bear reaction is to protect her son, but Kaede has not displayed any motherly affections to her children and therefore I couldn't muster up any sympathies for her. Within a heartbeat, Kaede throws Tsukushi out of the mansion without hearing a word from Tama, the mansion's housekeeper and the nanny to Tsukasa and his sister. Tama defended Tsukusi but her reason fell on Kaede's deaf ears. Tsukushi tells Kaede that she is not afraid of her and to do her worst! When the news of the confrontation reaches Tsukasa, he is even more in love with his girlfriend, but what happens next is what neither Tsukushi nor Tsukasa had anticipated.
 By observing Tsukushi, Kaede zeroes in one of her weaknesses: her absolute loyalty to her friends. Within minutes two of Tsukushi's very close friends report their fathers have been laid off from work without any explanations. Tsukushi realizes this is Kaede's work. Now Tsukushi has to make a very hard choice: saving the financial stability of her friend's family or continue to love Tsukasa. In a beautiful illustrated scene in which Tsukushi's inner turmoil is fully displayed, she makes the decision to break her own and Tsukasa's heart.
  The volume ends on a beautiful and heartbreaking two page spread where it's raining heavily and only Tsukushi and Tsukasa appear at a far distance from one another. Tsukushi tells Tsukasa that she can longer be with him because she never loved him and keeps Kaede's actions a secret. While I haven't been the biggest fan of Tsukasa in this series, my heart broke for him. You can clearly read the hurt, devastation, and shock on his face. What is next in stored for Tsukushi and Tsukasa? Will Tsukasa fight for Tsukushi? I guess we'll  have to find out in the next volume!

Rating: 4 stars

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

If you like this book try: Boys Over Flowers Vol 22 by Yoko Kamio, Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda, Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
4 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    Wow. I hate his mother so much right now! It might make me sound a little vengeful, but I hope she gets her comeuppance in the not-too distant future, and I hope the two of them put her in her place:)

  2. So many times, I've considered trying manga, but I'm ashamed to say I'd honestly have no idea where to start. I love seeing how deep these stories are though! Lovely review, Rummanah! Any tips on where a beginning manga reader should begin?

  3. Oh no! I don't like this ending either. I also love the sound of that visual. So perfect for the emotion it carries. Keep reading these. I love finding out what happens through you. :)

  4. OKay, how Tsuka be so oblivious to his mother's machinations?? I'm really angry with him!! Wake up!! I love Manga Mondays. It's the best soap opera ever!!

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