Takane is still dealing with his fall from grace, and Hana is determined to prove that she was never interested in him because of his money. Much to Takane's dismay, Hana continues to come over to his apartment, brings food, and cooks for him, "nursing" him back to "health" in a way. He's so sour about losing everything and having to work from the bottom that he won't even verbally spar with Hana, so how is she supposed to keep up her side of their arrangement? Slowly, Takane gets more confidence at work, along with an underling, and things start to look up for him. He learns about a sales commission available to him, so he starts working extra hard at his entry-level job. Eventually, he gets back to teasing Hana, but not before she's realized something about herself that could change their agreement!
After how strong last volume was, this one was a little bit of a let down. There was a lot of unnecessary repetition, especially when it came to the trains of thought and conversations Hana would have with herself. I was really hoping that this experience would change their relationship a little bit more, but it only affected a minuscule part, and Takane still seems to be completely absorbed by making and having money. We don't get any sort of introspection from him about how his time on "the bottom" has influenced him or made him appreciate what he does have - he's still just obsessed with getting back to the top.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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