Bo-Young is 28 years old and still struggling to finish college because she can’t afford the tuition. After being unceremoniously dumped by the boyfriend she had supported over the years, Bo-Young gets the chance to get herself out of her stagnant life when she accepts a position to pose as a high school student for a year. All she has to do is avoid getting caught.
Back to the Highteen is a Korean romcom where the protagonist, a 28 girl in her last year of college, is forced for different reasons to attend highschool for an entire year faking her identity. Why? Read it to find out. Plus/minus considerations. STORY: the story is well oriented right from the beginning: the girl, with all her problems (money and family, university and work), can't escape from her everyday's life and she feels the pressure of her age, closer and closer to the 30s. Then, thanks to some circumstances, the real story begins with her forced to attend an entire year of highschool. The transition is not violent, the motive is not trivial and also it's something original. Big props for the amount of comedy that carries on throughout the whole story. (++) ART: unfortunately I'm not fan of the art style. Some of the characters are hard to distinguish (it took me a while to understand that the person near the bridge at the beginning was a girl for example) and also there are many mistakes in facial features, probably not wanted. I like the expressions the characters make, a big incentive for the comedy in this manhwa. (-) CHARACTERS: the characters are the best part of the deal. I genuinely like the protagonist: first of all she's human. She has problems that everyone could relate to and she has the doubts, thoughts and reactions of a normal person (plus I want to add that she's not dumb like many other protagonists in shoujo/shounen, she's quite intelligent). I slowly started to appreciate the secondary characters too: everyone is special in what they do and how they relate to each other, making it more enjoyable. (++) I haven't finished it yet, but I doubt this manhwa could end south, knowing how the story carried on up to the point I'm at. Suggested.
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