Those Not-So-Sweet Boys
Author: Yoko Nogiri
Series: Those Not-So-Sweet Boys, Vol. 1
Publisher: Kodansha Comics (February 16, 2021)
Paperback, 208 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga, YA Romance
Midori drops her wallet on her first day of high school, but her new classmate Ichijo swoops in to help. She wants to thank him, but he’s part of a tight-knit trio and none of them are ever in class! Rumor has it that they all got expelled for acting up, and studious Midori’s actually at risk of expulsion, too… In order to help support her family, she has a part-time job, which is against the school rules. When the chairman of the school board catches her leaving work, he says he’ll let it go—but only if she’s up to the task of bringing the three boys back to school. Well, why not? It’ll be a piece of cake…right?
This is such a cute slice of life high school romance! It definitely requires a suspension of disbelief that the chairman of a high school would assign a high school girl to wrangle a group of delinquents into coming back to school, but if you can get past that little burble it’s pretty smooth sailing from there. I really love the art style in this manga, it reminds me a lot of something like Hana-Kimi or Ouran High School Host Club.
Midori is such a sweet and joyful girl, but as the boys say she can be a bit… slow. The chemistry between her and Rei and the other guys is such so cute. I definitely felt mt heart go ba-bump at several of the swoony moments! In volume 1 we already get some great manga/anime staples like taking care of a sick love interest and the school sports festival! I can’t wait wait volume 2!!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.