Yukari is a shy teenage girl obsessed with her studies. Her only goal
was to get into a good college. Everything changed when one fateful
day Yukari was "attacked" by a spiky haired guy with a
paperclip on his mouth. Apparently, he was a member of a fashion
group named Paradise Kiss. They want Yukari to model their designs
for them. Yukari was introduced to the world of fashion, and love.
Yukari fall for group's 'strange' leader, George. By the end of
volume one they're a couple, but how long can they last? Especially
when George is so oblivious to Yukari's needs. Yukari starts to think
about George all of the time, and her marks drop. Her mother isn't
too happy about this. Especially when she finds out her daughter has
been skipping prep school for her "modeling".
Paradise Kiss is a story about finding ones self. It is filled with
wonderful fashion as well a passion. ParaKiss is a sequel to
Neighborhood Story, which I have not yet read. I do know it dealt
with Miwako's (one of the main characters in ParaKiss) sister. I
enjoyed this story very much. The art was modern and somewhat
refreshing. I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to fashion, and I
haven't seen very many fashions like the ones in this book. It was
really beautiful and fresh. The main character isn't overly cheery,
but more... realistic, would you say? I have recently read the last
volume and was close to tears. Not sad tears... just tears. I
hate to see a series end, but I wasn't aware I had grown so attached
to the characters of ParaKiss until it was over. I was sad to see how
it ended (who Yukari ended up with, or who she didn't end up),
but you knew from the beginning the relationship wouldn't last. It
was just one step in Yukari's journey. The ending was fitting, yet
left me with a sad, wistful feeling.
Paradise Kiss was created by Ai Yazawa. It has been published in
English by TokyoPop, all except the last book. I heard there was an
anime made of this series, but I'm really not sure. ^_^; It is 5
On the back of the book it is rated 13 and up, which I think is okay.
But maybe a little older... There are some mature subjects.