Review: 13th Boy Vol 6 by SangEun Lee

 

Title: 13th  Boy Vol 6

Author: SangEun Lee

Publisher:  Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0759529991

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Sae-Bom’s birthday turns into the happiest day…of Hee-So’s life?! After Won-Jun asks her out during Sae-Bom’s birthday party, Hee-So’s on cloud nine! But is everything really all sunshine and roses? Sae-Bom has had to grow up in the span of a day, Won-Jun is secretly troubled by Sae-Bom’s obvious distress, and Whie-Young’s magical exertions have kept him out of commission. On the five-day anniversary of Hee-So’s relationship bliss (leave it to her to celebrate even the smallest milestones!), she runs into the long-absent Whie-Young en route to school and gets dragged into cutting class with him! But when they return to find Won-Jun waiting for them back at Hee-So’s, will her cheating ways (?) lead to an explosive finale for her second chance at love?!

Review:

Any book that manages to make me feel sorry for a love-struck cactus deserves props.  A CACTUS!  Little Beatrice had me sniffing back tears.  His dreams of happiness seem so unlikely, and the impossibility of his situation tugged at my heart strings.  Until this volume I thought of Beatrice as more of comic relief, but that impression went completely out the window.  He has become an important character to me, quite possibly my favorite.  He certainly seems to have more feelings and common sense than his owner, though he is clearly given to as many flights of fancy as Hee-So.

This volume of 13th Boy solidified the series for me.  While it still has an abundance of humor and comedies of error, it has also grown into a more emotional read for me.  Hee-So can be so shallow and simpleminded that I have never felt a connection to her.  She is the type of person who will bounce back from any setback, and her enthusiasm and zeal for life will see her through any situation.  I can’t say the same for Sae-Bom, Whie-Young, or Won-Jun.  The three of them keep orbiting each other’s lives, making themselves miserable because they are unable to communicate or accept how they feel about each other.  It’s only through Hee-So that they make any progress toward understanding how they feel at all.

I love the complicated relationships and the slow exploration of feelings taking place in the book.  Just when the atmosphere starts to get overwhelming, Hee-So does something selfish or harebrained, usually with amusing results.  There are some occasions when even her happy go lucky attitude fails to smooth things over, and that’s when I find myself enjoying the series best.  The first volume was a struggle for me, but as I got to know the characters, I started to appreciate the title more.  It gets better with every volume, and it has become one of my favorites.  And a cactus made me cry.  A CACTUS!

Grade: A-

Review copy provided by publisher

3 thoughts on “Review: 13th Boy Vol 6 by SangEun Lee

  • February 17, 2011 at 9:35 am
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    This sounds cute. I love books that connect to me so well that I end up crying.
    Out of curiosity, do you find any difference between Korean and Japanese Manga? (I’m assuming this is Korean from the names). Have you read Chinese manga?

  • February 17, 2011 at 9:53 am
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    @Alison – At one time, you could probably argue (and many people did) that Korean comics aren’t as polished as Japanese comics. I don’t find that there is that big of a difference between them. There have been plenty of sub-par releases of both Japanese and Korean titles. I have read a few Chinese comics – there haven’t been many released in the US, though, and I have found that the translations and the editing is not up to snuff.

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