Miki Falls: Summer (Miki Falls Series #2)
  • Miki Falls: Summer (Miki Falls Series #2)
  • Miki Falls: Summer (Miki Falls Series #2)

Miki Falls: Summer (Miki Falls Series #2)

by Mark Crilley
     
 

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Has Miki fallen too hard?

It's summer, and Miki Yoshida is learning all about love. Her senior year has blossomed with promise ever since she gained Hiro Sakurai's confidence. Now, she's resolved to keep his trust as he reveals more about his secret mission and warns:

"Don't get involved."

But Miki fears his work might do more harm than good, and she

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Has Miki fallen too hard?

It's summer, and Miki Yoshida is learning all about love. Her senior year has blossomed with promise ever since she gained Hiro Sakurai's confidence. Now, she's resolved to keep his trust as he reveals more about his secret mission and warns:

"Don't get involved."

But Miki fears his work might do more harm than good, and she takes control—with disastrous results. How can trying to make things right turn out so dangerously wrong?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy Fiske
Miki Falls: Spring begins with a jolt as a young girl throws herself through a third-story window to escape a mysterious group of people. With the reader's attention firmly captured in this graphic novel, the narrative shifts to recounting the events that led to Miki's fall. Miki, a typical senior, begins a new school year and promptly falls for Hiro, the mysterious, unavailable new boy at school, who spends much of his time following people and taking notes. He rudely rebuffs Miki's attempts at friendship, but Miki persists. Despite the odds, they develop a tentative friendship, albeit one hampered by Hiro's strange behavior and refusal to discuss it. Through persistent surveillance, Miki discovers Hiro's secret, which simultaneously draws them closer and threatens to tear them apart. Volume one ends, leaving the reader eagerly anticipating volume two. Miki Falls: Summer picks up right where Spring leaves off. Miki has discovered Hiro's role as a Deliverer, a secret group that safeguards the finite amount of love in the world. His job is to capture dying love from couples about to break up and to deliver it to a new couple, who will, he hopes, nurture and protect it. The narrative tension that drives this series is the relationship between Miki and Hiro. Miki is closer to Hiro than any human is supposed to get to a Deliverer, which causes a few problems. When Miki's closest friend becomes the focus of Hiro's professional attention, Miki interferes, with unpleasant consequences. Universal themes of love, friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice neatly combine with the tempestuous swirl of teenage relationship drama. What initially appears to be a typical tale of a girlblindly pursuing an unavailable boy develops into an intriguing, complex story. Crilley uses mystery to drive the narrative and creates characters that the reader will care about. The black-and-white, manga-style art is beautiful; Crilley is equally talented at creating expressive characters as he is at drawing lush landscapes. Although a bit more text-heavy than most manga, the description and dialogue flesh out the story and create a sort of hybrid of Japanese- and American-style comics that will appeal to fans of shojo manga and romantic fiction. This series manages to be all these things and more. Given its content, it will appeal to fans of teen romantic fiction who would not normally read graphic novels.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
I found this book very interesting. It is a wonderful view of the mysterious unknown of love and how it happens between people. Deliverers are on earth in human form and try to save all forms of love between individuals. Because Deliverers do not always succeed in their tasks, they are able to maintain a distance from the situation and not feel the sadness that comes form lost love. Mika has become friends with Hiro, a Deliverer, and has aspirations for learning his art. Hiro takes her on one of his assignments and Mika gets a first hand look at what he does. Mika tries to influence Hiro into helping her best friend keep her boyfriend, but Hiro tells her she must back off and not get involved. Will Mika listen or take matters into her own hands? Does their friendship turn to a love of its own even though Deliverers can only be with other Deliverers? Unfortunately, most of us have experienced a broken heart sometime in our lives, and it is very hard to protect our loved one from having the same thing happen to them. This is an unusual plotline and will hold the interest of the reader from the very first page. The author gives good insight to relationships and emotions, which makes this book very appealing for girls. The graphics are excellent and I honestly reread sections of this novel just because I enjoyed it. After reading this book, the readers may think about the saying, "It is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all." I do highly recommend this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060846176
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Series:
Miki Falls Series, #2
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
449,907
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.43(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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