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Honey hunt. 1
Aihara, Miki.
Adult Fiction AIHARA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Honey Hunt, Volume I, Aihara offers the first installment of a fizzy teenage soap opera about the life of Yura Onozuka. The mousey daughter of a famed composer and a glamorous actress, Yura's life is turned upside down when her parents' divorce becomes a tabloid sensation. Feeling betrayed, Yura decides to become an actress herself, believing achieving fame will be the ultimate revenge on her parents. A mysterious, and possibly nefarious, agent helps her chase the dream, and she soon wins the lead role on a TV show. Along the way, Aihara (Hot Gimmick) offers hints at a future romantic triangle (an Aihara staple) involving Yura, Q-Ta Minamitani, a heartthrob composer, and his more menacing twin brother, Haruka Minamitani, an actor and musician. There are ceaseless twists and turns on Yura's journey, including a public meltdown and a betrayal by her mother. Throughout, Aihara's delicate artwork vibrantly illustrates Yura's constantly fluctuating emotional life, especially her moments of panic, confusion and self-doubt. The difference between the depiction of the goofy and sometimes dowdy Yura and her glamorous mother and the sleek Minamitani brothers makes her self-image clear. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When her absent father, an award-winning composer, and her cruel mother, a beautiful actress, announced their impending divorce, shy 17-year-old Yura surprised everyone by telling the media that her parents could go to hell. But when even that fails to dent her much-admired mother's reputation, Yura decides to beat her mother at her own game and pursues an acting career. She is helped by two estranged twin brothers: kind songwriter Q-ta, whom she falls for, and blunt pop idol Haruka, who falls for her. Faced with multiple betrayals, catty costars, and her own confusion and uncertainty, Yura develops the resourcefulness and strength to keep her resolve. VERDICT There are some plot issues: it makes no sense, for example, that though Yura wants to keep her parentage a secret while beginning a career, she doesn't change her look or even her name. Regardless, the series' soap-opera drama-given edge by mean behavior, the amorality of show business, and Yura's questionable choices-is, like Aihara's earlier Hot Gimmick, addicting. So far, only one sexual situation (involving adults) justifies the "older teen" rating.-S.R. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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