13th Boy 12

May 10, 2013

SangEun Lee – Yen Press – 2012 – 12 volumes

Hooray! So happy to see the end of this! It wound up being very satisfying, but admittedly, it would have been hard to upset me in almost any way here. I’ve loved this series all the way through, and any of the scenarios I was imagining would have been fine.

I can’t say too much without spoiling it, but one of the things I liked most about the ending of this one was that the usual romantic triangle was difficult (or impossible) to resolve without actually killing one of the characters. While most romance comics are content to pair up the other boy with someone else for a lukewarm ending, that wasn’t going to be possible here, so I liked the extra emotional impact.

I did like how everything was dealt with. One of the characters undergoes a personality change… actually, technically all three do, I suppose, but one was done well. Hee-So goes through a lengthy period as not herself, and watching her snap out of it at the very end of the book was quite rewarding.

I can really only comment on one other small thing, which is Christmas in the Eun household. I loved that all three girls asked for outrageous things, and their dishrag father did his best to get them all, despite their mother’s protests that they didn’t earn them. Plus, he put on a Santa suit to do it, which is just sweet.

Similarly, the epilogue was very funny, if only to see the extra bit added on about Hee-So’s terrifying older sister. That was quite funny.

Actually, the whole thing was funny all the way through, which was one of the best parts for me. Funny, sweet, eccentric, and just a little bit different from the usual romance comic. It’s worth picking up, and it was one of my favorites of the last few years. Too bad these Korean romance series don’t do so well, because I would love to read more by SangEun Lee. Or anyone, for that matter.

But! It looks like Goong is re-starting soon, so I have that to look forward to. That’s another incredibly addictive series.

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