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Tramps Like Us, Vol. 1 Comics – August 10, 2004
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Made into a popular 10-part live-action dramatic series (aka Kimi Wa Pet) on the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
Award-winning manga (27th Kodansha Manga Prize).
Will appeal to fans of I.N.V.U. and Marmalade Boy.
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Okay, first off let me say candidly that the story is great. Anyone who has ever felt the need to put up a strong front of perfection to hide how insecure they really might be feeling (don't everyone raise their hands at once *sarcasm*) can relate to Sumire. There are times when she comes off as totally dense though, but eh. Another believable flaw. Momo seems unrealistic in how he just goes along with whatever Sumire says... but its obvious what his true feelings for her are. The book says 16+ years/Older teen readers. Eh... not sure if teens can all relate to being career women hitting a glass ceiling of sorts as far as relationships and work goes... but its great. I enjoy it and relate a lot to it as a twenty something year old.
Only major qualm-- Tokyopop translations are not that great.
Normally in stories featuring a twenty-something girl, like Bridget Jones, the main character deals with problems such as looking slim and trying to cope with work. However Yayoi bravely gives us a main character who is so attractive she resembles a model, is highly educated, and, apart from a few hiccups, has a successful career. Yayoi shows us the inner thoughts of this "perfect" woman, who is actually very insecure and lonely. She has to cope with her workmates misinterpreting her shyness with being an a cold hearted [...]. Women dislike her because she is so goodlooking, while men feel threatened by her high education, tallness, and career success. After being dumped by her boyfriend, when he makes his secret girl-friend pregnant, she makes a vow never to date anyone who is shorter than her, makes less money, or is not as qualified as she is.
One night she finds a young man living homeless outside her house. After letting him stay one night and, in a bid to make him leave and as a joke, she offers him the chance to live in her flat as long as he agrees to be her "pet." And to her surprise, he agrees! Sumire names him Momo, the same name as her childhood dog, and treats him exactly as she would a dog. She gives him a home, feeds him, and tells him her problems. As she does not think of him as a "man" she is completely at ease to be herself and does not feel the need to pretend to be "perfect" as she does with the men she dates. However, because she thinks of him as a pet, she does not think of the possibility of a relationship with him. Before she realises it, he becomes her confident and her emotional support. Problems arise when she meets up with her first boyfriend/crush, the goodlooking, successful, and really nice guy Hasumi. Her relationship with him in college ended prematurely in college and they both see this as a second chance. However she cannot admit to Hasumi that she keeps a young man as a pet.
Yayoi gives us three dimensional, very human characters. Both Hasumi and Momo, while being completely different in looks and personality, are both sweet, attractive and considerate. Sumire is also very likeable. She is only truly comfortable in jogging bottoms, smoking, playing playstation games, or watching trashy tv. These are her secret vices that only her best-friend and Momo can see. It is a welcome change to read a romance with older characters, from the normal high school stories, and Yayoi delivers honest believable three dimensional characters, attractive art, and a very addictive romantic (and often funny) storyline.
The story is about finding companionship, about how the prospect of love can be so close to you that you miss it, about the difficulties a successful career woman has in a male dominated work environment, about how women are faced with the prospect of choosing between marriage and work, and about finding your place in the world. A place where you can be truly free to be yourself, comfortable in the knowledge that you are loved for your faults as well as your successes.
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Sumire Iwaya life is a mess, but then she stumbles upon Momo.Read more
Its creative, funny, sweet and amazing. Honestly its the best I've read in awhile.