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Title: Good Luck #1
Author: E-Jin Kang
May Contain Spoilers
When Shi-Hyun transfers to a new school, her reputation for bringing nothing but bad luck proceeds her. A misunderstanding over her relationship with Shi-Woo, the school heart-throb, earns her the animosity of most of her female classmates. Only Hee-Soo seems friendly, but as Shi-Hyun is beginning to look at the other girl as her only friend, she learns that Hee-Soo harbors her own grudge against her.
Shi-Hyun is the stereo-typical bad girl. She’s erected a wall around herself, and to protect others from her bad luck, keeps her distance from everyone. As her classmates lash out at her, blaming her for their misfortune, she viciously defends herself against their attacks. This behavior earns her even more antagonism, and gets her kicked out of school.
At her new school, Ma-Hyun, a boy in her class, seems a little too interested about her and Shi-Woo. In fact, he’s down right hostile toward Shi-Woo. I enjoyed their brief interactions, especially Shi-Woo’s command that Ma-Hyun and Shi-Hyun stay away from each other.
At times I found the plot a little hard to follow, and I didn’t like the lack of background information an Shi-Hyun and Shi-Woo. The conflict created by others not realizing that they are siblings felt a little forced, especially when earlier in the book they were very open about being related. Shi-Hyun has a crush on her step-brother and Ma-Hyun picks up on it right away. Seemingly jealous, he asks repeatedly if Shi-Woo is her boyfriend, but never gets and answer, from either of them.
Shi-Hyun and Shi-Woo also seemed to live in a vacuum. There’s no information given on their home life, and I felt that the lack of family details made the plot seem incomplete. Do they live by themselves? If so, why? How do her parents, who aren’t even mentioned, feel about Shi-Hyun being the root of all of this bad luck? Maybe we’ll get a little more parental info in the next volume, and it won’t seem as though they hatched out of an egg.
The art is rather barren, and at first I didn’t care for it. However, as I got used to E-Jin Kang’s visual storytelling style, the illustrations became less jarring to the eye. Her character designs aren’t overly intricate, and the backgrounds are very simple. The page layouts aren’t very complex and there’s not a lot of variety to the panels. The pages fly quickly by, as the lack of detail leaves no reason to linger on a page.
I’m intrigued enough with Shi-Hyun and her bad luck to pick up the next volume, but if it feels as empty as this one did, it might be the last of the series that I read.
Rated for Teen 13+