English Title: Secret Girl
Author: Shimaki Ako
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
Themes: High School, Sexual Tension, Family
Momoko was supposed to have gone to a normal school, made normal friends, and led a blissfully normal life. But the universe is just cruelly, irredeemably, monstrously unfair, so instead she found herself thrown out of home, stuck in an all-boys boarding school with a roommate she hates, cursed with a hideous haircut and wearing clothes which, to be frank, she wouldn’t be seen dead in. The only thing worse than her current situation is the one that she’ll be in if anyone ever realizes that she is, in fact, a girl. Everything is wrong! Particularly the fact that even though she’s surrounded by amazingly gorgeous guys her chances of romance are less than zero. But with life this complicated, something is bound to give. In fact, it just did. Damn.
What makes this manga such a great read is the chemistry between Momoko and Itou – both romantically and comically. They bounce off each other so naturally that from the start it was clear that they would have a special relationship.
I only wish that the manga was not so fast paced as I was not ready to say good bye to the characters at the end as they were so fantastic! There was plenty of room for a spin off series at the end however I doubt it will happen.
This series will appeal to those who enjoyed the movie “She’s the Man” as it is very similar!