Warning - contains a bit of violence, sexual content and a bit of shounen-ai.
Overall (9/10) - This manga is worth reading for the solid plot and amazing, memorable characters. It's mostly the art and some minor cliches with the story that keep this from being a full 10.
Story (8/10) - To some it up, the story is pretty much a modern Korean Romeo & Juliet with a very strong 'us against the world' feel. The plot is however, much, much more complicated than Romeo & Juliet since it involves some very violent & depressing back-stories and plenty of lies/deceit. Unfortunately there's also the stereotypical love triangles and antagonists trying to break the main couple up, but luckily the plot eventually moves past those in order to reach a proper conclusion. On the other hand there is also a bit of drama between Jang Ha-Da and Oh Ko-Mo which ends up being funny and cute, but believable since these two characters struggle with their feelings throughout the series.
There's also a few plot twists and some comic relief (mostly provided by Jin Sun-Mi, Jang Ha-Da, and Oh Ko-Mo) in between so you don't get too tired of the heavy drama. The fashion world also comes into play and since some of the characters are extremely affluent, they show it through their... rather unique sense of style. The story is also rather realistic except for in some of the scenes it feels like the characters are a little bit over dramatic and being unnecessarily angry at each other. The epilogue is nice but the ending itself is a little bit ridiculous because it feels as if you are suddenly watching of those very fake dramas on TV.
Art (7/10) - Art style is kind of meh, but is consistent at least and clean so it works out okay. Also you get to see some rather strange fashions which keeps the manga quirky and interesting.
Character (10/10) - This is where the manga reaaalllly excels. The characters are all rather unique with the exception of Jin Sun-Mi who is the stereotypical I'm-going-to-steal-your-boyfriend type of girl who is often found in shoujo manga, but even she is given some depth and character development. The characters are super memorable, and even years later you will remember what exactly they were like. [Note: It's been *4 years* since I wrote this review and I *still* remember the characters very well!] Because you get to know a lot about the characters, you develop an attachment so in the last few volumes where it is reaching a climax, you are genuinely interested to see what will happen to them.
Enjoyment (10/10) - I definitely really liked this manga and was sad to see it finish. The balance between the heavy drama and comic relief was exceptional. The plot was solid enough and the characters super interesting so it is one of those series that you can't just stop half way because you want to know the ending. read more