Monday, February 4, 2013

Manhwa Review: 13th Boy, Vol. 1 (v. 1) [Paperback]

I've finished "13th Boy Vol. 1" by SangEun Lee.

Product Description

It was love at first sight. The moment Hee-So's eyes met Won-Jun's she knew it was meant to be. Their relationship took off when Hee-So confessed her feelings on national TV, but less than a month later, Won-jun is ready to call it quits without any explanation at all. Hee-So's had a lot of boyfriends - Won-Jun is number twelve - but being dumped is never easy. She's not ready to move on to the thirteenth boy just yet. Determined to reunite with Won-Jun, Hee-So's on a mission to win over her destined love once more.

About the Author

SangEun Lee is also the creator of the manhwa series Forget About Love and Love or Money.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (June 9, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0759529949
ISBN-13: 978-0759529946

My Review:

The manhwa opens with Hee-So confessing her love for Won-Jun on a live reality dating show and they start dating.  One month later Won-Jun breaks up with her without giving a reason and she is determined to win him back. 

During her path to win Won-Jun back there are some obstacles one which involves Whie-Young an irritating and mysterious classmate who helps her and also hinders her in her quest.  Whie-Young has mysterious powers which he uses to protect  and help Hee-So.  I thought it was so funny how he shows up whenever Hee-So's in trouble but he also likes to irritate her.

Hee-So has a pet cactus Beatrice who can walk, foul-mouthed and really cares for Hee-So.  There is no explanation of Beatrice's existence.   

I highly recommend this series if you like love triangles with a ditzy heroine, mysterious love interest with powers, cute but strange girl, vulgar talking cactus and a nonchalant former boyfriend.


Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manhwa to review, greatly appreciated!

Manhwa in series:

1.   13th Boy Vol. 1
2.   13th Boy Vol. 2
3.   13th Boy Vol. 3
4.   13th Boy Vol. 4
5.   13th Boy Vol. 5
6.   13th Boy Vol. 6
7.   13th Boy Vol. 7
8.   13th Boy Vol. 8
9.   13th Boy Vol. 9
10. 13th Boy Vol. 10
11. 13th Boy Vol. 11
12. 13th Boy Vol. 12

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