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Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango, Vol. 1 (Boys Over Flowers #1)

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When her only friend, Makiko, accidentally offends F4 leader Tsukasa, Tsukushi boldly defends her. Enraged, Tsukasa puts the dreaded red tag in Tsukushi's locker — a sign that she is now a target for the abuse of the F4 gang and the entire school. But when Tsukushi fights the gang with their own weapon, Tsukasa finds himself falling for her!
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by VIZ Media (first published October 23rd 1992)
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Dawn
*Spoiler alert* There were many things that I didn't like about this book. The main character decides to stand up to the "F4," a clique of popular boys. She is almost gang-raped by 3 of the 4 boys, until 1 of them steps in to save her. She then develops a crush on this boy, who then informs her that if she "was going to be such a pest about it" he "wouldn't have intervened." Nice! After he tells her this, she *still* likes him.

The author also interjects a lot into the story, and her interruption
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Rosa
So I find that I am that one person with sense,(haha just kidding) in about fifty who hated this book with a passion. Let's find out why.

1)The female lead is annoying, whiny, and increadibly stupid, which is perhaps the reason why nothing she does is right and she's bullied so much. (;

2)The female lead is obsessed with a guy who doesn't like her back (and isn't even worth it-she has no taste) and for most of the story he is cold to her(I can see why though...), and this guy isn't even the one w
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Lesley
Wow, I just couldn't put this down. It took me several days to read all 241 chapters, but I can say now I definitely know why this is the best selling shojo manga in Japan of ALL TIME. It's fabulous. The melodrama! The relationships! The interesting and different characters! Domyoji's hilarious Marie Antoinette curls that he can't straighten! You can really see how this manga influenced everything that came after. I'm really shocked it's not as popular here. Even though it's going to cost me a f ...more
Sakura Yue Michaelis
Matsumoto Jun, look what you have done to me!

I watched the first episode of the dorama months ago, when I was not familiar with Arashi (ergo, MatsuJun) I could not finish it. I hate it. Passionately. I swore I would never read the manga. Now, months later, here I am, doing the opposite. Why? Because I like MatsuJun. And he is pretty much known as "Doumyouji".

So OK, I do not completely hate it. But only because of the "bully" issue. Makino gets bullied over and over, but she is a fighter. In fact
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Tsukushi M.
Okay, Let me get something straight.

First of all, I got addicted to anime and manga and all that big-eyed, purple-headed stuff when I was in seventh grade. So basically, I wasn't that level-headed as I am now. I mean, I was tweeeeelve when I first read this series. So of course I fell in love with Tsukushi and Domyouji's epic love story (as epic as it can ever be for a twelve-year old). Give me a break. Every twelve-year olds practically love cheesy funny and romantic stuff, right? Especially i
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Aziza
Boys over Flowers is a Manga and I read the book up to 33 and still waiting for book# 34. It is a Japanese story about a rich boy in Japan and a very poor girl. At first they hate each other so much, but later in the middle start liking each other. That the point the conflicts starts, the boys mother get to know and make the girls and her family suffer so much. The both lover each love each other no matter what. Also the boy has a team call F4 and everyone in Japan is crazy for them and all for ...more
Lauren
There was something in the way all of the characters came together that I found irresistibly compelling about this series. It did remind me a lot of Ouran while I was reading it and maybe that is why I liked it so much. Tsukushi is an interesting protagonist, I loved when she started taking action and sticking up for herself.

While I wasn’t overly fond of the artwork style I was able to get past it because I my love for the storyline. This is an honest story with twists and turns, ups and downs,
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Elfdart
this was the story that got me into manga. some arbitrary stroke of luck had me stumble across the j-drama when it was coming out and i watched the whole thing (the jdrama is much better than the older version so don’t worry if you watched that and didn’t like it). so after the first season i was kind of impatient and looked it up and found the anime, which is monstrously long, but worth it i guess, and i’ve been watching anime on tv since i was a kid so it was an easy transition, then i found o ...more
Phoebe Andamo
"Tsukushi" means weed. When it gets stepped on or kicked, it stills springs back. It is very strong. That's the personality of Tsukushi Makino, a middle class student in an expensive private school Eitoku Academy. She's unlike those pampered plants that can only survive in green houses, like the Flowery Foursome (F4). F4 are the richest and most powerful guys in the academy. No one messes with them--until they met Tsukushi.

I like how the mangaka became playful with layouts and scenes. The art st
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Laura
Although it has obvious flaws, I really enjoyed the series. My older sister and I read up to volume 24 years ago, and I've been rereading it (currently at 27) so I can see how it ends, already!

It's not that extremely sugar-coated sort of shoujo. It has a little more gritty and realistic situations in it, which was refreshing for me, to see how someone tackles certain issues in the series. It takes the reader on a dramatic roller coaster though wacky antics and plot twists, but there are some th
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Stacey
I started to read this series after watching Boys Before Flowers - which is the Korean drama adaptation of Hana Yori Dango. It's an enjoyable, light hearted read but it loses a star for not being anything spectacular. I think the reason why I'm invested in the characters is because I loved the drama so much and have been fond of them beforehand.
Seeing as this is my first manga read, I don't have much to compare this to. However I think I'll continue reading more mangas after finishing this serie
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Kiwi
Wow...where do I even begin? It has been a VERY long time since I have read a series no repulsive and disturbing as this one. This is supposedly a shojo series, but I fail to find ANY romance here. The main female protagonist, Tsukushi, while strong willed and determined, is constantly (at least in the first few volumes) cruelly bullied and abused by students of the high school and the F4 boys. The characters are all card board cutouts with little development, depth or personality. The story als ...more
Brittini Guerrero
THIS is my favorite manga of all time! Took me forever to read since there were so many books, but it is so worth it. Great manga, awesome characters, and I love watching the live action dramas. There are many versions. I loved the Korean version. And I am almost done with the Taiwanese version, which stayed closest to the manga story line, which I admire. I will soon start watching the Japanese version soon. Seriously, give the manga a chance. If you love shoujo, this is definitely for you!
Gulen
Gelmiş geçmiş en iyi shoujo mangalardan biri olarak kabul edilen Hana Yori Dango, 90larda başlamış; bitene kadar geçen sürede karakter çizimleri bile değişmiştir (manga çizimlerindeki değişen trendler uyarınca). Fakir kız zengin erkek aşkının olabilecek en ağdalı versiyonudur (o kadar ki illallah dedirtir insana)ama yine de türünün en iyi örneklerinden.
Bodea
Jan 22, 2015 Bodea marked it as manga-series-in-progress
1/22/5 - Starting volume 15. Please, get rid of obtuse Makino. I love Tsukasa, but he needs to control his tongue and that violent streak.

Currently reading volume 10. Honestly, I've liked every version of the drama I've seen so far, but this series isn't that great. I don't get the hype. Still, I have a ways to go so....
Diana Lynn
Interesting first volume. I've watched about 8 episodes of the Korean remake of this manga and so far, the book is a bit more pg-13 than the show. I prefer that anyway as I'm usually annoyed that the Kdrama is so family oriented. Anyways, enough with the comparisons...this series seems interesting. The main girl is much more likable than others I've come across and the writing is pretty funny. Off the bat it seems all our prince charmings are d-bags which is normal in a few different manga serie ...more
Amy
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Nisha
Problems:
1) ugly art
2) dumb characters
3) too much melodrama
4) too long (as in the series)

Its not really a happy story. Domyouji is not a great guy. Rui is a little too impassive. If you want a better version, watch the drama (the japanese live action one)
Rosa
Debo decir que nunca había leído un manga, nunca en la vida, y es por eso que no sabía cómo leerlo, ya me ven leyendo todo al revés , tuve que leer las primeras páginas 2 veces hahahaha porque no entendía ni jota, ya por la mitad me entere de que iba y le agarre el rollo.

Elegí leer BOYS OVER FLOWERS porque en netflix esta la serie y la ando viendo, y debo decir que me está gustando bastante, entonces me entere de que provenía de un manga, y heme aquí descargando estos para leerlos :P DIOS, LOS M
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
Attempted rape, abuse and social ostracization, all popular themes within manga and sometimes it can work. If the characters, writing and art are strong enough.

This doesn't have any of those components.

Not my cup of tea.
Helen
This book is the ultimate shoujo manga. It's the classic setup of a classic korean drama with all the right twist and turns. Does it stretch a bit long? Definitely. I enjoyed every second of it.
Ana Suarez
Quite unexpected trip, thought it was going to be a silly ride, instead it surprise me with the coming of age set up in a realistic way. Characters that are obssesive, shy, naive like any of us.
Blair₩aldorf
one of the best manga's i have ever read
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the story is basically Cinderella with a modern twist.
prince charming is more the villain well at first that is...
well thats the best part
despite what feminists say...
i think this is and will always be the best manga series i have ever read...
i actually cut time for learning for my major exams and read every single volume of this series.
that is the effect of domyouji Tsukasa...
please ignore what some haters may say and read this.
its worth every moment
Rach
Mar 18, 2014 Rach rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga, 2014
I've been going through my bookshelves and boxes of books recently and pulling out books to resell, mostly ones I haven't touched in years and don't imagine re-reading. This first volume of this series was definitely one I wanted to re-read before I passed it on, though.

This was never my favorite manga series. I don't think I actually read the whole series, in fact, because it never truly sucked me in. I was always annoyed with one character or another, and I had other things I wanted to spend m
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Laura
Tsukushi is a poor girl, from a poor family... and her family has placed her (at great expense) in the most prestigious high school in Japan, in the hopes that she'll make great connections to benefit her in the future. The student body is made up of kids from Japan's most powerful families, including the F4 who rank heads above the rest. Not only are they obnoxiously rich, but they are beautiful too. Doumyouji leads the group -- and cows the student body with extreme bullying tactics. He sets t ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
For a lot of people when they think of manga, they'll probably think either of a battle manga, like Naruto, or an over-the-top melodramatic romance series, of which Boys Over Flowers is a perfect example. It is in every way absurd and improbable. There is nothing of the real world about it. Every page oozes with romantic drama, love triangles and betrayal, not to mention amnesia (oh wait, I just did).

However, I did read the whole thing (twice...because I wanted to review it and my memory was fuz
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Jennifer Griffith
UPDATE:
Finished the series. It ended much better than I expected it to, and in the end, I liked the protagonists and the growth they exhibited. Kudos to Yoko Kamio for seeing a way through for her characters to change and become better than they started.

For a long time I thought I'd rather my kids didn't read this, but there may come a time when I wouldn't mind--so long as they finish the whole thing. All 36 volumes! Ha ha. 12/11

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I'm working my way through the 36(?) v
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Erika Schoeps
4.5 stars. The story is fantastic. It's powerful, heartfelt, and still manages to squeeze in a laugh or two (simple jokes where Tsukasa messes up the correct pronunciation of words. maybe I'm just simple but I enjoyed these jokes a lot.) Kamio has a skill in showing you the character's inner selves quickly and dramatically, but yet it isn't obvious or read straight out to you. It's dramatic yet intelligent. The bullying is intense, and makes your heart ache. Tsukishi is admirable and strong, and ...more
Orchid
I just start off by saying that Boys Over Flowers was an okay manga, but definitely not one of the better ones I have read. It reminded me a lot of Ouran High, just with not as likable characters.

I really enjoyed the actual story and found the main character to be one of the more interesting protagonists that I've read about in awhile.

What I really didn't like about Boys Over Flowers were the F4, they just gave me the creeps, especially their hair which was horrifically bad 90s hair. Frankly i
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Yōko Kamio (神尾葉子) is a popular Japanese manga artist and writer. She is most famous for Boys Over Flowers (花より男子, Hana Yori Dango?), for which she received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1996. Her work has been translated and distributed in Asia, Europe, and North America.

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