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Good Luck Vol. 1 by Kang E-Jin 
6th-Jan-2008 11:59 pm
Kang, E-Jin. Good Luck. Vol. 1. Trans. Ellen Choi and Darcy Lockman. Los Angeles: TOKYOPOP, 2007.
          Summary: Whether Shi-Hyun actually brings bad luck to everyone around her is debatable, but she certainly thinks so--which means keeping her beloved stepbrother and her handsome new classmate at bay. Unfortunately, the only girl who's befriended her at her new school believes in Shi-Hyun's bad luck as well...
          Comments: My expectations for this sunjeong manhwa were not especially high...yet it managed to pleasantly surprise me. Kang has an expansive drawing style that lends itself to large, easily-comprehensible panels with minimal text and dialogue. This is unquestionably to the book's advantage; it allows the reader to page through the volume quickly and not stay to linger on its particular liabilities (most notably the artwork, which is cute and funny, but not especially skilled). Nevertheless, even if the manhwa does not stand up to intense scrutiny, it's still a bit of fast, throwaway diversion. The characters are eccentric and reasonably interesting, and the cliffhanger at the end (What is this about Hee-Soo's kendo champ sister whose career was destroyed by Shi-Hyun?) is just enough to keep the easily-entertained reading past volume one.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Korea by Daiwon C.I. in 2002
          Rating: 5.5/10 - A decent reading choice for the tween girl set--complete with a pleasing cast of strong, spunky heroines and effeminate, bishounen heroes.
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