In this screwball romantic 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...
Hikaru has asked Haruhi to go out with him, but he doesn't want her answer right away. Yet at the same time, he's trying to get Tamaki to realize he's in love with Haruhi too. Is the Host Club prepared for a love triangle among its members?
This is it. I'm done. I would have stuck around for a few more volumes if Haruhi had agreed to go out with Hikaru, because that would have been fun to watch. But without that bright ray of adorableness, I don't have any attachments to the series.
As it is, I just don't understand anyone. They do not act like humans! No one has any emotional self-assesment skills. Kaoru apparently liked Haruhi, but then didn't, but then DID, but then gave her up for his twin? And now never thinks of her? Hikaru wants to date Haruhi, but is also pushing Tamaki to express his love, although that will inevitably knock Hikaru out of the running?
And why aren't Mori and Hunny in it more? They are the lone bright spots. The little short at the end of the volume, "Mori's Day Off" was fantastic.
Ouran has a lot of comedy, but there is no drama, and very little plot development. I love comedy, but the funniest stories have some serious story in the mix as well. Not so much here. There was even a kidnapping in this volume. That's real suspence and drama! Except it ended up being so very silly. I'm tired of 14 volumes of silly.
So...it was a good run. Maybe it turns awesome in volume 15, but I just don't love it enough to keep inter-library loaning it and spending 45 minutes reading. That level of non-commitment can't be good.
Two out of five fluffy blankets.
Release Date: July 2010
Reading Level: Grade 6+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: Not yet owned by Dunlap.