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Kare First Love, Volume 1


Kare First Love, Volume 1

"Guys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses, right? But
all you have to do is take off her glasses and then she's one hot
chick." Ugh. As a glasses wearer, I hate those kinds of stories. I
think my glasses are quite fetching, thank you very much. So I was
thrilled when cute boy Kiriya tells mousy Karin, "You're cute ---
even without your glasses."

While this sweet first volume of a 10-book series doesn't break a
lot of shojo boundaries, the characters are interesting and the
romance is believable --- to the reader that is. Karin cannot
believe that a cute guy like Kiriya would be interested in her. Her
timidity and low self-esteem is frustrating at times, but makes
sense for someone who doesn't have parents who care. Kiriya
probably has unresolved issues (this is shojo, after all), but none
of them surface in this volume, and you can see that he truly does
like Karin. Yuka, the bully who has "befriended" Karin, is nasty in
all the right ways.

I can't wait to read more to see how Karin makes new friends,
handles the bully and gets her man. A nice choice for shojo readers
wanting something sweet with just enough angst.


Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith on October 18, 2011

Kare First Love, Volume 1
by Kaho Miyasaka

  • Publication Date: August 11, 2004
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1591163943
  • ISBN-13: 9781591163947