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)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
B.O.D.Y., Volume 1by Ao Mimori
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 clubwhere women actually pay men to date themwill 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
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 clubwhere women actually pay men to date themwill 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!
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
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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