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Turning Over a New Leaf with Manga!

January 14, 2018

As a new year dawns, so do the opportunities to seek and find new connections! These manga series look into two vastly different ways of how sometimes relationships get complicated!

These two series delve into the difficulties of young romance and budding new relationships. Each story has their own spin on how challenging social interactions can be when you have more barriers than just growing up. Both of these manga series trend more towards the ridiculous humor side of comedy; however, each allows itself to tackle some complex issues in their own special way.

Boys Over Flowers

A working class girl, Tsukushi Makino, manages to obtain a scholarship to the elite Eitoku Academy, which contains almost all super lavish and high society students. While there, she attracts the attention of Tsukasa, head of the “Flower” Four. He becomes interested partially because she has no interest in him whatsoever. Tsukushi may be a “weed” in the biased eyes of the school’s social structure, but she finds herself entangled in the hijinks at Eitoku, and starts wondering if there is a hope for her own relationship and away from Tsukasa?

Honey So Sweet

Nao Kogure is a kindhearted soul who wants to be helpful to anyone, even the delinquent Taiga. She leaves Taiga an umbrella and bandages on her way to school and completely forgets about that day. A few years later in High School, Taiga is back, with a massive arrangement of flowers and professes his love! Nao searches through Taiga’s past to see if he isn’t as scary as everyone else thinks!

Boys Over Flowers has 37 volumes throughout its longstanding run over 10 years and even a well-received live action adaptation. Honey So Sweet runs slightly shorter at 8 volumes but contains just as much entertainment!

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John is an Adult Services Librarian at the Donelson Branch Library. He continues his never-ending quest to read all of the books and watch all of the movies he put off while in college and graduate school.