From School Library Journal
Grade 6–9—Sixteen-year-old Misako has been rejected by her first serious crush but is thrilled to learn that she's been accepted as an exchange student in Missouri. The Japanese teen quickly makes friends with her American "sister," Natalie, and Natalie's crew of clean-cut punk rock kids. At a concert one night, she literally runs into a cute boy, and he becomes her new, harmless obsession. In Wisconsin for a summer puppet camp, Misako goes to another concert and discovers that the performer is that same guy. Zac and Misako become friends, but Misako wants more, and her romantic feelings threaten to ruin her summer and her friendships back in Missouri, including a possible romance with an attainable boy. This stand-alone graphic novel has black-and-white graphics that resemble Marvel's "Runaways" series while the story line is reminiscent of a less violent "Boys over Flowers" series (VIZ Media). With clean text and a few fairly chaste kisses, this is a good fit for middle school libraries.—Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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About the Author
Misako Takashima has an incredible personal history. She moved to the United States from Japan as a teenager. A self-taught artist who did not speak English, Misako learned it by watching reruns of the filmBack to the Future. After a long stint of unemployment and even homelessness, Misako walked into the offices ofThe Onionand charmed her way into her first job as a comic cartoonist. Her first book wasBiker Girl.Rock and Roll Loveis her second graphic novel.