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Honey So Sweet is really sweet! The romance will give you cavities if you aren’t prepared for the sappiness of both Nao and Taiga, but it’s sappy in a good way. They are both kind, gentle teenagers, and they both have so much respect for each other’s feelings. This is a feel good, slice of life, high school drama, and this volume will have you smiling all the way through. Except for the last few pages, but more on that later.
Nao is struggling with her feelings for both Sou and Taiga. She always thought that she loved her uncle, the only person who has been there for her since the death of her parents. But is it a romantic love? As she wrestles with her confusion, her unhappiness is evident to Yashiro, who has become a friend, despite her declaration that she doesn’t want any. Yashiro gives her some good-natured ribbing, and suddenly Nao doesn’t feel so confused. Maybe the person she really loves is Taiga?
When a study session with Taiga leads to him kissing her when he thinks she’s asleep, all of the blushes and awkwardness return to their relationship. He’s so embarrassed that he tried to take liberties without her permission, and he’s afraid that he’s ruined his chances to be her boyfriend. He is even driven to confide in Misaki, and we all know what a mistake that could be.
This was an engaging read, as Nao and Taiga juggle their feelings. There is cookie baking, confessions in the rain, and even – gasp! – hand holding! Then HE appears – Futami. Taiga’s biggest goal for the year is to make more friends. Because he looks so imposing, and it’s easier for classmates to make up rumors about him than to try to get to know him, he has a hard time getting to know anyone. When he and Futami become friends, Futami monopolizes his time. Suddenly, he’s not joining Nao, Misaki, and Yashiro for lunch with his homemade, delicious bentos, (something Misaki will never forgive Futami for), and he’s even getting dragged around town after school. Because Nao wants to support him, and because she knows how important it is for him to make new friends, she remains silent, even though she misses spending time with him.
I thought it was really weird, and was wondering what was going on. Then I figured it out, and I wasn’t too happy. Please do not tell me that a love triangle is going to be introduced. Please! I hate them with the fire of 1000 suns. Will it be one sided? Will it ruin Taiga and Futami’s new friendship, and will it breakup Nao and Taiga? No! I hate these things! Other than that dreadful ending note, this was a charming read.
Grade: 4 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
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 that 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?
Although Nao Kogure was once afraid of the delinquent Taiga Onise, she was soon touched by his kind soul. Nao and Taiga stopped dating when Nao became confused by her feelings for the two different men in her life. Now that they’re just friends, Nao begins to realize who she truly has romantic feelings for.