Hana yori Dango, Kodomo no Omocha (TV) Recommendations
While these two mangas have characters with very different ages (Kodomo is elementary and middle school while Hana Yori Dango is high school) The dynamic is similar; A bad boy who is misunderstood and the strong-willed girl that creates a change in them.
This is not a shoujo of giggling awkward moments, like nervousness about holding hands or kisses, but more about the serious and adult-like situations that the characters go through together. Situations quickly turn life-threatening and will pull the reader from laughing to tears.
Hana Yori Dango had underlining themes of class separation and money while Kodomo no Omocha focused on problems in