Haruna Mitsukai is an overachiever with dreams of attending the University of British Columbia.
Ryu Debiru is a bad boy whose only desire is to escape this ridiculous prison called “life.”
Both attend Shady Glenn Academy and despite their similar “hafu” identity, they couldn’t despise each other more.
Years of avoidance come to an end when a major assignment on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice pairs them together.
Just as everything reaches a breaking point, revelations about an old East Side mansion called “Heaven” causes Haruna to question everything she thought she knew about him.
As for Ryu? Well, all that glitters is most certainly not gold.
This book took me a bit to get into, but it wasn’t as bad as others I’ve read that started out the same way. The first thing that struck me was exactly how superficial the main girl could be. It’s hard to get into a book when the character coms off as unlikable to begin with, but the good news for Haruna is that she grows and develops as the book progresses.
We also get a bit of Ryu’s perspective in the book. I will say, while the split perspective might work, it’s almost as if Ryu is the more worthy character to follow. Not much really happens to Haruna over the course of the book, besides her working on the project and some internal development. Ryu, on the other hand, has quite a bit more to think about. I can’t get into exactly what without giving away spoilers.
There is a good setup for more in the following books, however I can’t say that there is much happening in the first three-quarters of the book. The growth that the characters go through is important, and that’s what makes up the first portion, but when most of the action happening is introspective, it slows down the progress of the book.
I was provided this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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