13th Boy 11

April 21, 2013

SangEun Lee – Yen Press – 2012 – 12 volumes

I somehow almost forgot this series. It’s extraordinarily adorable, and it’s unforgivable I let the last two volumes slide to the bottom of my to-read pile. It deserves better than that.

This is winding up for the big finish, and honestly, there’s only a couple things that happen here. Hee-So begins to act strangely around Whie-Young, and can’t quite figure out why. It starts to happen more after they share some rather intimate kisses, and then she has some embarrassingly steamy dreams. A friend helpfully points out that she has a crush on him, and while she doesn’t believe it at first, Hee-So then switches into full gear and begins her whole boyfriend act, doing a complete 180 personality-wise, which creeps Whie-Young out.

I like this series a lot for several reasons here. One is that Whie-Young rejects her completely, telling her over and over again to be her usual obnoxious self, and Hee-So has to process that. Another section features a conversation with Beatrice. Beatrice still has a crush on her, and Hee-So knows that it’s cruel to discuss her feelings for Whie-Young with him, but he’s such a major part of her life, and Beatrice knows there’s something wrong, so she breaks down and tells him. During the course of this conversation, she reveals that the usual thing she does to get a boyfriend is to get excited and go after him with all she has, but she compares it with bargain shopping. She burns herself out on one, and then is on the eye out for the next big sale after the relationship ends. Even though she really likes Whie-Young, she knows their relationship will end sometime soon, and the thought depresses her.

Meanwhile, Whie-Young still has the weird life-threatening condition that means that he can’t really like Hee-So back. This is kind of funny to me, since it means that Whie-Young is a huge jerk to everyone, but Hee-So has never really been phased by this. Anyway, Beatrice is faced with a problem. He knows he will have to give his life in order to make sure Whie-Young doesn’t die and can have a proper relationship with Hee-So. While he is “irreplaceable” in Hee-So’s life, he will never be the man she loves. Plus, Whie-Young is on the cusp of dying, and all it’s going to take is one more instance of him using his powers just for Hee-So, which he can’t help but to do. Whie-Young refuses to take back what he gave Beatrice, however, since he created Beatrice in the first place in order to stop Hee-So from crying, and he knows losing him would absolutely break her heart.

I talked forever, but there’s really only a few points being made in this volume, and a lot of discussion to go with them. One of the other things I liked about it was that all the romantic interests sort-of had an even chance all the way through. That’s still the case going into the last volume. There are certainly heavy odds on one of the boys, but the situation isn’t one that’s going to be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction, so I wonder if it will be as clear-cut as that.

I think I’m going to go read it now, actually.

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