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Book Review: Those Not-So-Sweet Boys Vol. 1

When scholarship student Midori loses her wallet on her first day of high school, she doesn’t expect it to be returned to her by the super-cute heir to a major corporation. Taking this as a good sign, she hopes she can befriend him as well as his other two friends. If only she can work up the courage to approach them… maybe tomorrow.

But they aren’t at school tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that.

It’s like they’ve vanished.

The rumor mill churns. And Midori doesn’t know what to believe. Worse, when the chairman of her school discovers that she’s got a part-time job working at an Izakaya she could be suspended from school and worse, lose her scholarship. So in exchange for him not doing that, he asks her to help get those three boys back to school… and more… stay in school. Midori doesn’t really have a choice… and she doesn’t really mind the solution. So she agrees. After all, a good girl can help change these not-so sweet boys.

Ahhhh shojo.

I have a deep and abiding love for shojo manga like these. This is right in the Fruits Basket, Ouran Highschool Host Club, Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers), and Hana-Kimi vein of shojo – so if you like that kind of thing, like I do, this is definitely worth checking out.

Midori is an optimistic, cheerful and delightfully stubborn heroine. She doesn’t give up, even when life beats her down. She’s kind. But she’s not a doormat. Which is probably why the boys relate to her. Rei is the dark brooding bad boy with a kind heart and a tragic past. Chihiro is the misunderstood one from the bad family… in his case his family has Yakuza ties. While Yuki’s the mysterious one who sees all…

And there’s a cute corgi. Because who doesn’t love a cute corgi?

The plot features a lot of the initial get-to-know you stuff that’s common in a lot of shojo manga, but it’s executed well. The art work is well done, and it’s fairly simple to tell the characters apart. One thing that I really loved were the translator’s notes at the end. It really added a depth to the manga and made me bump up the rating because of it. I wish more manga had this.

As you would expect to the start of a series, it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. But again, that’s normal for the genre.

Honestly. I enjoyed this manga. It was fun. It was light. It was fluffy.

I give this:

Five Stars

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I received an ARC of this Manga via Net Galley

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