Monday, May 16, 2011

Ouran High School Host Club: Vol. 8 by Bisco Hatori

Book Jacket

In this screwball romanic comedy, Haruhi, a poor girl at a rich kids' school, is forced to repay an $80,000 debt by working for the school's swankiest, all-male club--as a boy!  There she discovers just how wealthy the six members are and how different the rich are from everybody else...

The first-years in Class 1-A are taking part in a test of courage, where the loser will receive the dubious honor of being dubbed "Best of Cowards."  Kazukiyo Souga, the class president and a fraidy-cat at heart, is happy to be on a team with the levelheaded Haruhi, but will he be able to stomach the antics of his other teammates--the twins Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin?


The romance is heating up!  It is now clear that both Hikaru and Tamaki are completely unaware of the depth of their affection for Haruhi, while the rest of the club members roll their eyes at the obviousness.  And there's a hint that someone else might like her as well?  Duh.  Everyone loves Haruhi, because her laissez-faire attitude is absolutely hilarious.

We also got some flashbacks to Kyoya and Tamaki's fledging friendship.  Kyoya's mercenary attitude also cracks me up, and I loved the little side story of his staff member who watches him throw away a sentimental keepsake because "it's been long enough."

And finally someone realized that Haruhi is actually a girl!  I don't know how the secret has lasted this long (other than the obvious answer: this is a comedic manga), but it's nice to know someone has a brain.  How long until the rest of the school finds out?  And will anyone care?

Four out of five Sharpie tattoos.

Release Date:  January 2007
Reading Level:  Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  Not yet a part of Dunlap's collection.

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