Thursday, December 22, 2011

High School Debut Volume 1 by Kazune Kawahara

High School Debut has officially put me back into my manga obsession. Now I'm going to go back to Mangahere and keep on reading amazing manga... well right after I finish writing this review. What is it with me and manga and going into happyland? Anyways, 4.5 out of 5 stars.

High School Debut Volume 1 by Kazune Kawahara
Published and Out!
4.5 out of 5 stars!
Summary from Goodreads: When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she's going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her jock tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yo agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

I guess I'll start off with the only thing I didn't like about this book: the cheese! It was kind of really cheesy, from the start to the end. I mean, since when do you ask a guy to help you to be more crush-worthy? And especially if it's a guy you don't know! But even though the amount of cheese was staggering, I was still going through the volume like crazy! So I still love this book even through all its setbacks (the cheese...)

But everything else I loved! For example, I loved the drawings! Kazune Kawahara is absolutely fantastic at drawing manga, and even that's an understatement. She made me fall in love with Yoh just because of his looks. Trust me, that takes skill. I'm normally not a girl who believes in love at first sight. Until now. She has this ability to capture feeling in her drawings, along with your heart. (Well only if you're looking at Yoh...)

Speaking of Yoh, I loved Yoh! He's probably the first crush I've had on a manga character...
He's jaded, good-looking, quiet, clever, and totally crush-worthy! Need I say more? Yes? Well, he's so amazing that even my friends love him! And that's saying a lot!

Enter Haruna. Okay, so she's kind of clueless, but I still like her anyways! It's really funny how her cluelessness puts her in the weirdest, oddest situations ever! Plus, she doesn't give up! And she's always optimistic! She really puts a smile on your face because she's just that sweet. I really love her. Awesomest manga character ever!

Then there was this plot. Now, it's basically just your average cliche manga plot, with some twists! So it wasn't terrible at all! And I actually didn't gag through it! Even though it was a mushy and lovey and all! Now that's kind of hard to believe when you're talking about plots. Still love this plot!

So read this awesome book because I said so! And because Yoh is amazing! :)


reviewingshelf said...

Great review, Valerie.

anarchist said...


Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a contact email for you.

I recently put out an ebook of my writing, called The New Death and others. It's a collection of short pieces, mostly dark fantasy.

I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a review on your blog.

If so, please email me: Let me know what file format is easiest for you, and I'll send you a free copy.

You can download a sample from the ebook's page on Smashwords:

I'm also happy to do interviews, guest posts, or giveaways. Just let me know what you'd prefer.


Valerie said...

reviewingshelf: Aawwwwwwwwwww thanks! :)

anarchist: I'm sorry, I am currently not able to review self-published books. Thank you for your effort though. I appreciate it.

anarchist said...

No problem. Thanks anyway.

Valerie said...


Search This Blog