Suiren is a beautiful, mysterious young girl starting high school and the object of many young men’s crushes. She’s quiet, mysterious, and keeps to herself often. They liken her and nickname her “mysterious flower” because of her beauty and aloofness. One day, shy but tough Kawasumi stands up for her against several bullies, and she finds herself smitten. Kawasumi’s problem mirrors Suiren’s - he doesn’t know how to talk to girls, while Suiren doesn’t know how to talk to boys without sending them into emotional tizzies. The two bounce off each other in various high school situations - class field trips, navigating other students having crushes on them - and they might start to drift closer to one another as they realize a mutual attraction.
There is a lot of sweetness and innocence in this title about first crushes and high school social life. But this volume uses a lot of the same high-school life tropes that are prevalent in the genre - school trips to the beach, handing your crush a cell-phone charm, establishing love rivalries, an overly beautiful young girl who’s socially inept - that I’m not certain this volume one stands out quite yet as a story. This might be a decent middle-school romance for folks who like Morishita's work on A Sign of Affection and want something for younger readers.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: July 4, 2023
ISBN: 9781974738793 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, School Life, VIZ Media
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