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Overview

Everyone thinks 16-year-old Sakura has weird taste in guys because she can't stop drooling over Fuji, the strong silent type who sits next to her in class. When she discovers he works for a host club—where women actually pay men to date them—will she finally wise up? Or will he leave his job to be with her? Or will she take a job at the club so he can quit and she can be with him...? Only one thing's for sure in B.O.D.Y.—you can't put a price on love!

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Overview

Everyone thinks 16-year-old Sakura has weird taste in guys because she can't stop drooling over Fuji, the strong silent type who sits next to her in class. When she discovers he works for a host club—where women actually pay men to date them—will she finally wise up? Or will he leave his job to be with her? Or will she take a job at the club so he can quit and she can be with him...? Only one thing's for sure in B.O.D.Y.—you can't put a price on love!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this quick shojo read, 16-year-old Sakura has a crush on Fuji, the unpopular bespectacled boy who sits next to her in homeroom, until she finds out he works at a host club. Sakura tells him anyone with such a morally dubious after-school job is unworthy of her affections. Up for the challenge, Fuji replies, "I will absolutely win your heart." Fuji proceeds to manipulate Sakura's emotions in a halfhearted romance contest, and the naïve Sakura falls for all of his ploys. Sakura declares a new crush on the more upstanding Inaba, chairman of the Library Committee, only to get involved in a shady sexual situation with Inaba in the library. Fuji saves Sakura, and Inaba admits he actually swings the other way and has a crush on Fuji. The scope of the story is frustratingly small. Sakura has no life outside her crushes, and no distinctive personality. The plot wanders just enough to stay interesting, but the reader will likely wonder where this is going, as the series is on volume 12 in Japan. The artwork is adequate, but Mimori includes an excessive number of flashbacks to scenes that happened only a few pages earlier. The hilarious author's notes overshadow the humor in the story. (May)

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School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up -Ryoko has a secret crush on the quiet, bespectacled boy one seat over. He's so mysterious! Her idealism is shot when she discovers that Ryunosuke is a host (a boy who dates girls for money). The problem is that he has made it his mission to make her love him. Again and again, Ryoko falls for his ploys, like feeling sorry for him when he fakes a twisted ankle. Still, there's something genuine about him. He bravely steps in when her new crush isn't everything she thought. It's a typical love/hate relationship, but these manga cuties actually behave like real teenagers. Ryoko is boy crazy, but silly and sweet. Her friends gossip guilt-free about their boyfriends. Ryunosuke is, refreshingly, not shy or perfect. The result is a delightful, well-rounded cast, and his job leaves the door open for more drama in the future. The art is serviceable, with the eyes usually floating in tears or stars, revealing their true intentions. The humor and reality make this title a good choice for teen collections.-Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421518022
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: B.O.D.Y. Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 469,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ao Mimori began creating manga during her junior year of college, and her work debuted when she was only 23. B.O.D.Y., her third series, was first published in Bessatsu Margaret in 2003 and is also available in Japanese as an audio CD. Her other works include Sonnano Koi Jyanai (That's Not Love), Anta Nanka Iranai (Don't Need You), Dakishimetaiyo Motto (I Want to Hold You More), I LOVE YOU, and Kamisama no Iu Toori (As the God of Death Dictates).

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    It's a really good manga.

    I recommend this manga to all who like stories like Marmalade Boy. Now, it's not as good as Marmalade Boy, but it should definitely get a chance to win over a couple hearts. It periodically reminds me of Marmalade Boy with the high school setting and love triangles. The characters are fun and relateble and the female lead isn't entirely helpless. [Haha!] Anyway, I digress... it's a good read! Pick it up and see if it casts the same spell on you as it did me! ^_^

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Ao Mimori rocks!

    This is the first time i am reading any of Ao Mimori's books,I picked it up because it's cover was interesting,when i stared reading i got addicted to it,and started reading till the latest volume 4,It's storyline is so intriguing.It has romance and talks about a typical japanese girl school life.The manga rocks!love it.go read !

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

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    Eh

    This is the first book in a new series by Ao Mimori. I haven't read any of her other manga but this one I felt could use a little better character development. I had to re-read a lot of the pages and that kind of breaks up the story. Not sure if I'm willing to read anymore in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    My two cents...

    I just started my Manga collection recently and one of the first books I picked up was B.O.D.Y vol 1, among a few others. I first read an online review on this series and thought that it might be a fun, romantic read, and I was right. Aside from a few minor issues, mainly that the leading lady is fooled just a little too easily by the half-hearted advances of the main guy. I can't really blame her, I have a soft spot for cute boys in glasses too. I enjoyed reading this first volume and I'm looking forward to picking up the second. The story is for the most part a romantic, at times tense drama with some lighter, humorous moments placed throughout. I will admit that half the time I wasn't sure which character's side I was on, expecially towards the middle of the book, at which point I found myself thinking that the main guy character seemed to have two personalities and the leading lady just needed some sense slapped into her. But thanks to the last few pages of this book, which were my favorite, I've been convinced to pick up the rest of the series out of curiosity for where the story is heading. I'd like to see the two main characters fall for eachother in their own unique and adorably disfunctional ways. Overall, I recommend it as a good entertaining read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    one of my favorites!

    this manga is one of the best (i'v red up to 10 on a japanese site). its very cute and romantic, it has many twists and the main character is really funny.

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