May Contain Spoilers
When Nao realizes that Miyabi has a crush on Onise, at first she dismisses the other girl as harmless. She trusts Onise, and she knows that she doesn’t have anything to worry about. But when Miyabe invites herself to the festival with Nao and her friends, she starts to feel the sting of jealousy. Is her relationship with Onise really safe from interference from Miyabi?
While overall I enjoyed this volume, I did get irritated with both Onise and Nao. Things start to get turned sideways when Nao overhears Onise call Miyabi by her first name. It took forever for her to be that casual with her own boyfriend, and she feels a tinge of unease. When Miyabi loudly proclaims that she dislikes it when Onise and Nao hold hands – whoa. I didn’t know what to make of that, other than Onise should have realized what was going on, but he is so clueless, he did not catch on that Miyabi was harboring a crush on him.
Futami, having been in the same position as Miyabi, immediately sees what’s going on. He tries to clue Onise in, but I don’t think he was direct enough with his friend. Then when a trip to the festival is a nightmare for Nao, Futami tells her, in no uncertain terms, that if she doesn’t like things the way they are, she needs to speak up. Thank you, Futami!
While at times this volume was a bit annoying, overall I enjoyed the resolution to Nao and Onise’s problem with Miyabi. I believe that deep down she really is a nice girl, who is confused by her feelings, so I could buy into this story line. She never acted vindictively, she just didn’t have the social experience to deal with her feelings. Since Nao and Onise are both shy and non-confrontational, things spiral quickly out of control, and Nao needed her friends to help her through what could have been a disaster. If the characters weren’t so darned likable, this volume would not have worked for me.
Grade: 4 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
A charming high school romance between a tender hooligan and an orphaned girl.
Little did Nao Kogure realize back in middle school that when she left an umbrella and a box of bandages in the rain for injured delinquent Taiga Onise she would meet him again in high school. Nao wants nothing to do with the gruff and frightening Taiga, but he suddenly presents her with a huge bouquet of flowers and asks her to date him–with marriage in mind! Is Taiga really so scary, or is he a sweetheart in disguise?
Taiga becomes a mentor to new student Miyabi Nishigaki. Miyabi develops a crush on Taiga and pursues him, which leads Nao to confide her feelings of jealousy to Futami.