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KLIATTTsukushi Makino, the protagonist of Boys Over Flowers, is a middle-class transfer student who runs afoul of the F4, the clique that rules her private, super-rich high school. For this sin Tsukushi is ostracized by her schoolmates and subjected to increasing abuse—her desk is stolen, an egg is thrown in her face, and someone writes that she had a pair of abortions on the school blackboard. Tsukushi is a born fighter, however, and fight back she does—with fist, flyswatter and foot. F4 stands for "Flowery Four," by the way—sounds silly, but it works. The members of the F4 are rich and good-looking, dress like supermodels, and strut around the school like peacocks. They have an aura that is both attractive and repellent, the pull of which both Tsukushi and the reader feel. The F4's leader is the creepy Tsukasa Domyoji, who wears pseudo-dreds and is constantly mixing up his phrases. Domyoji pays a bunch of guys to gang rape Tsukushi (they fail), and then falls in love with her when she kicks him in the head. He has her kidnapped so as to give her an expensive haircut and makeover, his way of saying that he wants to be friends. Teens will respond to Boys Over Flowers. It's part soap opera, part pro-wrestling, with surprisingly complex characters. Tsukushi is a strong, attractive protagonist, and I almost felt sorry for Domyoji, who has no social skills and equates physical abuse with love. Boys Over Flowers contains mean people, intense situations and mild vulgarity. This is the first book in a series; if it circulates, keep going! KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2003, VIZ, 192p. illus., Ages 15 to 18.