Strawberry "Berry" Shin is one of the few females in a male-dominated school. With her godlike status, it's no wonder she is a narcissist and has caught the interest of her wealthy upperclassman, Pierre "Pear" Kang. Unfortunately, Berry has to learn to deal with his friend, Walnut "Wally" Kang, who seemingly hates her for no reason. And to make matters worse, her ex-boyfriend, Mandarin "Darin" Kim, is not too happy with her new relationship.
Darin's solution: cross-dress as the mysterious new transfer student "Cherry Kim" and make Pear fall in love with him instead. Thus begins the rule of a new queen at Sausage Fest Private High School of Engineering. What is a girl to do when her new boyfriend is falling in love with her (admittedly prettier) ex-boyfriend?
"You don't know what you got until it's gone" is what this manhwa about. Some people may find the first few chapters annoying because of the female lead - I usually drop these kind of stories as well. But this manhwa is just too intriguing and entertaining to the point that I almost don't want to stop reading. It's really unique.
The story is about Darin and Berry - lovers who actually really liked each other, but due to some circumstances, misunderstanding, lack of honesty and trust - they ended up in an unhealthy relationship.
The author did a good job in showing how some
people got into an unhealthy/abusive relationship, what it's like to be in one, how it messes them up, what happens to the "Victim" after the relationship ended and how the abused person is also at fault for letting the abuser abused her/him.
This manhwa can be consider as "Psychological and dark" but the author managed to make it light and funny at the same time. However, I am a bit disappointed on how the author turned the story into something different and focused more on Berry and Wally's relationship with that super cliche "rich guy" plot.
The art is really nice and so refreshing to look at, there are not too many unnecessary things included and the characters look really good.
Berry: She was super annoying at first, praised seeker,narcissist and argh she's just so annoying. However as the series continue, you will know how and why Berry turned into something like that and how she changed so much after being in a relationship with Darin.
Darin: He is the most intriguing character in this manhwa and the "prettiest" character in this series. The reason why I kept on reading this manhwa despite of how annoying Berry was, is because I wanted to know more about Berry and Darin's past about 'What happened to them and what Darin did to make Berry changed like that. It's just disappointing that the author put Darin aside after focusing on Berry and Wally. The author could've explore more about Darin's character and he's character development.
Despite it's flaws and how the story change into something else, it's still one of the most exciting series I've read.
Do not be fooled by the supposedly cliché romance story it seems to offer at a first glance! It could not be further from the truth as it uses those oh-so-familiar tropes to crack down on human relationships and their ugly side at a much deeper level with romance at its core.
The story is all character-driven with the main cast slowly coming together and affecting each other more and more. It starts on a light note with 2 main characters having a lovers’ squabble and even though it seems this is headed at a romcom with drama here and there way, it brings up an
uglier truth when the events unfold to show us that this is not the usual shoujo-perfect relationship, but a truly dysfunctional one and that is not ok to just accept that. Action brings reaction and everyone has a role to play and things to figure out about themselves and the rest. It gets to the point that the reader might not be sure who to support for a long while, but it is a relatable story because of its psychological aspect even if the premise seems to imply the opposite, since the main point is how much you care about others and how much of that caring is self-gratification.
All surprisingly, the characters have considerable development and background, turning some first impressions upside down as they are ever-changing. Truth be told, the main focus is given to Darin and Berry, the 2 main characters, but the different facets of their personality through all of their meeting until the ending is more than enough to paint a good portrait of themselves, their relationship and what should the boundaries be for a healthy human relationship. Various characters get involved one way or another and add more to the story through their interactions, having their own reasons and point of view. While there are exaggerations and it gets maybe too much towards the end, the goal of this series is still achieved and you feel for most of them.
The art seems silly at first, but the more you read the more you get used to it and the more the characters change, their expressions change even more, as well as their demeanor. There are various changes in their appearance with the passage of time, such as someone getting slimmer or hair growing out and it really feels that time goes by. There not too many details, but it uses vibrant colors making each character distinct, even when the cast is not that big either way to confuse them. Apart from the colors, there are not many other things to remember, but in the end, everything is fitting and pleasing to the eye. My only real problem is how much I disliked Berry’s first haircut, but you get used to it!
Although there are many positive things to be said about this work, especially since it managed to twist its premise and go for something that not many touch and did it with flair even, it does not feel as wholesome as it could have been. Some things could have been handled better with more sense, but they added to the drama so they were done sloppily, but all in all, it served its purpose well enough to recommend it without reservation!
I really loved this manga around the beginning to the middle, the art was decent and some parts of the story were exciting and well written.
However, here is when the problem starts. I am confident that the author of this webtoon didn't plan the story out, I am pretty sure the author did not know what they wanted to convey in some parts. As result parts of this story were boring and changed some characters to the point where it does not make any sense. It's really a pity since I loved this webcomic, it was unique in many aspects and fun.
just took a turn for the worst, turning bitter, changing a few characters, and creating shallow relationships between characters. Walnut and Strawberrie's relationship was very shallow, unimaginative, and cliche that it was a chore to read. For this type of story it's really the characters that drive the story, but later on they become so unlikeable and unrealistic that I couldn't care less about what happens to them. I'm fine and even like how and why characters can become even more scarred throughout a story, but this story did not do it well. Characters often do not communicate like real people about the problems they are facing, creating more misunderstandings that sure, it's easier it write but can get annoying.
This webcomic was promising, the protagonist was not a really nice person, she was actually quite bratty and materialistic which was different from many manga and refreshing. I was hoping that she would change a bit for the better, or at the least to grow some sort of goal. But nope. She didn't change much. Not that that is inheritly wrong but it leaves me very unsatisfied.
Overall a mediocre webcomic, I would not recommend it. The beginning is good but it will go downhill.
I think this the manhua/manga that got me the most awkward ever.
Story - 4
I'd say decent, the male school with only a few males isn't really new. The ex boyfriend interactions were really bad. There's a lot you can dot an an author with an ex, for example : the ex that knows the girl better, flashbacks, etc... but NONE, just your average pitiful stalker.
Well that was good, even tho I wasn't a big fan of the chara-designs.
Well here's a new weak point. The characters often contradict themselves, have no deep at all, and you just wonder why some of them are even
introduced in the story. Some of them are so cliché, like the rich guy and so on. Much of them are really despicable.
Guess this is personal, but I was still rooting for the ex, so well I didn't get the least of enjoyment.
It could have been so much better, and way more short. I'm really deceived by it, because I saw it in the recommendations of "cheese in the trap", but bullshit it's clearly not the same.