Hatsumi Narita lives in a typical company housing complex with her seemingly typical family, but the dramatic turn her life is about to take is anything but, well, typical. Her precocious younger sister Akane is way too popular with boys, her childhood friend Azusa, now a hunky male model, might want to ruin her life, her super-mean and very privileged neighbor Ryoki considers her his slave, and her dreamy older brother Shinogu might not be what he seems at all. What is a hapless heroine to do?
My review for Hot Gimmick sums up my feelings for the base of this novel but the novel proves to be only a slight bit better. The ending is......a little bit better than Hot Gimmick which wouldn't be hard to do. However, the writing style is atrocious along with the plot. It is utterly predictable. No Ryoki makes the novel like having your skin burned with a lighter instead of like in Hot Gimmick where it was like being in burned to the stake. There was a reason why she draws scenery and characters. The descriptions were so lackluster and boring. It read like a second grade level book. The dialog is not that great as well. However, for natsumexshinogu lovers, this is makes a better ending. Therefore, unless you want redemption for the shit that is Hot Gimmick, I would not recommend this book because it's not so bad that it's funny. It's just bad.
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