A taste of Japanese manga: Being invisible can’t be that hard, can it?
High school student Hikaru Saito is in trouble. She is failing English because she’d much rather bury her nose in the latest manga than study pronouns and prepositions. To keep her from getting kicked out of school, she is assigned a tutor in the form of the most popular boy in school: golden-haired genius Takeshi Hinata.
You’d think Takeshi would be Hikaru’s surefire way to academic success, but her stubbornness, lack of concentration, and general disinterest in things other than her precious manga frustrate Takeshi to no end. To make matters worse, a young, pretty boy teacher is determined to rescue Hikaru every chance he gets, riling Takeshi up even more—and confusing the hell out of Hikaru.
But as they spend more time together and get to know each other beyond their high school reputations, Hikaru and Takeshi enter a situation neither of them expected to find themselves in—one that factors in stolen kisses, controlling parents, a princess-in-hiding, and the deepest yearnings of a teenage heart.
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*my friend gave this to me as a gift* Reading this book was like reading my own personalized manga/anime all in one. I swear, especially because I love anime (Japanese cartoons) and manga (comics), the way it was written made it more than easy to picture up manga pages and anime scenes, personalized to my exact perfection. It seemed so real in my head and to be honest it's a bit sad knowing I may not see this in a manga... *cough-cough* That aside, the story was nostalgically sweet. Takeshi and Hikaru are very reserved with their love, and throughout the story, they rarely think upon it. At times when it was hinted that one liked the other, it was usually in the form of acknowledgement that 'something' was there. Told by both POVs, the romance was neither pronounced nor proclaimed, but rather showed, through small acts. A playful nudge here. A tap on the nose. Long waits outside their classroom. A first ring or abnormal visit without invitation. This whole thing, their steady pace from curious strangers to friends, and then subtle love interests, was the jewel of this book. The charm. The adorable promise for a sweet, soft romance enriched by heartache and lightened with laughter. The writing was absolutely beautiful, with a perfect blend of Japanese influence from the manga drawings I oh-so-love: elegant, subtle and breathtaking. The characters were very mysterious, each holding a particular role yet withholding layers to their personality that you don't get to see until much later. The dialogue was entertaining and really funny, and I especially loved Hikaru's family; her strict, loving mother, her sweet father, and her hilariously cool twin little brother (by three minutes). Takeshi's two friends were also funny and cute, as was his meant-well beauty of a mother and frightening mogul of a father. It was just so... elegant. I loved it and devoured it in a day, and even afterwards, I had to stop for a while to take in all the feels I got from it. I highly recommend this to those who love romances, comedy, and mild (ha) drama that captivates you. This is DIFFERENT: the love is subtle, which makes it all the more intriguing and fascinating.