13th Boy Vol 3 by SangEun Lee Manhwa Review


Title: 13th Boy Vol 3

Author: SangEun Lee

Publisher: Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0759529960


May Contain Spoilers

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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?

Grade: B

Review copy provided by Yen Press

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

  • June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I’m so bad about remembering character names for this series. Except for Beatrice, I always have to think twice about who’s who when I see the names outside of the book. That’s all a preface for me saying my favorite character is the (insert name) dark-haired boy who has an interest in Hee-So. He can’t ignore her even though I think he wants to. He’s been smitten too long & doesn’t quite like the fact that he’s smitten with her. An interesting problem. Hee-So was more tolerable this time which is fortunate because she’s one of the easily annoying heroines I’ve read in a long time. Beatrice continues to be a hoot. His adventures in v03 were a highlight; you’re right. I have v04 but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

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  • June 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    @LKK Yup, I have the same problem with the names in this series, too. I like Whie-Young the best, too, and hope Hee-So ends up with him. I think he’s the only guy who can put up with her 🙂

  • June 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Whie-Young, that’s the boy! I think he’ll turn out to be the first and the 13th boyfriend. (If you remember, Hee-So can’t remember who boyfriend #1 was.) I’m sure they’ll be paired off in the end. I hope so anyway. Not only is Whie-Young the only one who seems able to put up with her, I think he might could change her for the better.

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  • January 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    omg. I LOVE WHIE-YOUNG ?. he gives off this rly cool vibe. and he’s simply adorable. and, the reason i think he’s going to end up with hee-so is because i mean, she met him when they were young and tend to have more feelings developed for her. also, he has magical powers (created beatrice) and it might make hee-so realize all the things he’d done for her.

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