Title: 13th Boy Vol 3
Author: SangEun Lee
Publisher: Yen Press
May Contain Spoilers
Hee-So’s stuck with Sae-Bom on cooking duty at the Scouts’ joint volunteer outing at a local orphanage, ruining her chances of showing off in front of Won-Jun! And Sae-Bom’s no help either, ‘cos she’s too busy making lunch for her dearest Whie-Young! Suddenly, it occurs to Hee-So that making lunch for Won-Jun might not be such a bad idea. But when the two girls go to make their special deliveries, a dangerous accident threatens both their lives. And in the heat of the moment, Won-Jun, who witnesses the accident, takes a most unexpected course of action. Has he gone and irreparably crushed Hee-So’s dreams? Will Whie-Young be able to pick up the pieces?
13th Boy is a series that is kind of hit or miss with me, and it’s all because I find protagonist Hee-So such a pain in the rear. Ugh! She can be so annoying, so it’s no wonder that her life is full of drama. Tons of it! And all because she has fallen for Won-Jun, who has quite bluntly told her to go away. If there is one thing you can say about Hee-So, it’s that she is incredibly persistent. She just doesn’t care about anything other than getting her way, and that makes her so unsympathetic at times.
Now, while I am having a hard time relating to Hee-So, I am so smitten with Beatrice. Who cares if he’s a cactus? I love this guy! Too bad he isn’t bigger, so he can put Hee-So in her place when she gets to big for her britches. That would be awesome, seeing him clock her on the head with one of his needle-covered arms. I enjoyed his solo jaunt to discover his master, though I feel so sorry for him at the same time. Hee-So is not going to let his little adventure slide, and he is in for an unpleasant dressing down from her. Poor guy! My favorite page from this volume shows Beatrice trying to sneak back into his flower pot. I don’t think Hee-So is fooling around with all of those pointy implements!
SangEun Lee covered a lot of ground in terms of explaining the back-story in this volume. Some of the history behind Won-Jun’s devotion to Sae-Bom is explained, as well as Beatrice’s origins. The first part of the book didn’t really reel me in, but the second half had me hooked again. Hee-So shows some character development, and she agrees to help take care of Sae-Bom, even though it instantly makes her an outcast in her class. I even started to feel bad for her, because she is bullied unmercifully, and to her credit, she sticks to her guns and decides to keep her promise to Won-Jun. Whether or not she is acting out of kindness or whether she’s trying to promote her own agenda is another story, but that can be a question left for another day.
I love the cover for this volume, even though it has nothing to do with the story. It is colorful and whimsical, and it made me want to pick up the book. Who can resist all of that candy?
Review copy provided by Yen Press