Title: Venus Capriccio
Author: Mai Nishikata
Summary: A tomboy has a series of bad boyfriends and her perfect childhood friend confesses to her.
Gut reaction: Annoying guy lead, likable female lead, I like childhood friends, music genius
Why: The hero is one of those perfect people who is half-foreign, a piano prodigy, insanely smart, beautiful, chivalrous, and has a tragic back-story and cruel family. What’s surprising is that he’s the younger one and she’s not useless. She may be a tomboy, but she’s not innocent and doesn’t need to be saved all the time. So far she has no interest in him, and it is also nice to see a girl who can reject without having another love. The story is going to be slow going for a bit and then intensify with a story about his tragic past and unknown rich family and she’s going to have to end up with him, but the beginning is good.
Who would like this book: Shoujo fans, Maid-sama fans. I’ll keep reading unless they over-do it with the tragic back-story arc.
–Lexie, 15, West Seattle Teen Blogger