A sweet romantic story of a soft-spoken high school freshman and her quest to make friends, Waiting for Spring will delight fans of earnest, fun, and dramatic shojo like Kimi ni Todoke and Say I Love You. Mizuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include… love?
Review : This manga was so cute it's about Mizuki who is a shy girl who becomes friends with a group of boys from the basketball team this was such a funny adorable manga very light I love the characters. Mizuki use to be friends with this girl name aya and that character is back .
This one just wasn't working for me. The writing is average. It focuses on surface level stuff, and Peter's POV is not very engaging. Maybe this changes as the book goes on and Peter grows; I don't know and I'm not feeling compelled to stick around and find out.
Because Adam's an asshole. He tells Peter that he thinks Peter's mom is considering molesting him, then he tells Peter he thinks molestation is okay by the right person, then he kisses Peter and tells him it's okay between friends. All in the span of about a minute. It's just a weird scene, and the whole "it's what friends do" bullcrap just makes him sound like that guy who tells the nerdy girl who has a crush on him that she can be his girlfriend but only if they have sex. Because that's just how it works.
Oh, and he lights up a toke without even asking Peter first if he's okay with that or not. Because he's just that cool. *rolls eyes* And then he goes to drive somewhere and I'm pretty sure he's still high. Can this idiot die already?
Peter's coming off as a complete doormat - but of course he's the skinny nerd without any friends so what else are his options? Apparently, this is not a romance, but it's still going to focus on these two as a couple and I already want them miles apart from each other.
I went looking at the glowing 4-star and 5-star reviews of my friends and those I follow and they say IT GETS WORSE. Nope. This book and the characters are already annoying me, and I'm not sticking it through just for it to get worse because apparently that's what being a teen in the 90s is about. I was a teen in the 90s. I don't recall it sucking this much. (But then I'm also asexual and skipped all the relationship melodrama angst, so there's that. :D )
When we first met the intrepid, orphaned quartet that made up a large part of the Mysterious Benedict Society we were left feeling that surely this couldn't be the last adventure that they'd be on together...and we were absolutely right. The whole gang is back in the second book in the series by Trenton Lee Stewart titled The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. (Note: A new illustrator, Diana Sudyka, has penned the drawings for this book and forthcoming books in the series.) The beginning of the book starts off with the kids separated and trying to live as close to normal as possible. The reader is once again following the main character, Reynie, as he heads to meet up with everyone on the anniversary of their last adventure together. However, when they are all reunited at Mr. Benedict's house they are met with a very unpleasant surprise. (No spoilers here!!) What follows is a treacherous journey (hence the name of the book) that takes them on boats, trains, and up the side of a mountain in another country. While the central theme of friendship and working together is still present, this book is much darker in tone and a sense of foreboding lingers over every page. (In some ways, it reminds me of the progression of the Harry Potter series.) The illustrations again accompany a portion of the text and even though it's a different illustrator the sense of whimsy is ever-present. Overall, very enjoyable and fun to see how the author expands on each of the characters personalities and abilities. (Constance plays a much larger role in this book.) I have to confess that I've had the third book in the series gathering dust on my desk at work (and a copy of it here at home) but I haven't felt an overwhelming urge to pick it up just yet. I have a feeling this will be one of the first books I get to in the new year. XD If you read the first book in the series then I'm confident you'll enjoy the sequel. 8/10
|A sample of the new illustrator's style [Source: Kinder Books]|
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