Beauty Pop Book 8

After my mixed reaction to the previous volume, I’d put off reading this next book for a bit. I hoped that a fresher start would keep me interested, but my approach was fresher than the storylines here.

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The last chapter of Book 7 sets up Stage 2 of the series, where a teenage Hollywood hair and makeup artist challenges the Scissors Project makeover group. That story gets into full swing here.

Billy, the young professional from America, is boarding at Kiri’s house and secretly trying to force the group to disband. Billy’s teasing everyone, especially Narumi, Kiri’s local haircutting rival, by pretending to have a crush on her. Aside from his jealousy, Narumi’s also having problems with his arm. He’s supposed to stop cutting for a month to let it rest, but he can’t go that long without practicing his art.

Now that Kiri’s stopped fighting membership in the group, the story lacks spark. She’s no longer as unique as she was. Instead of going her own merry way, she’s become an inspirational manga heroine, helping out the neighbors with minor hair issues and consoling schoolmates. Where’s her individualism gone? And the story now is more about school politics than about magical makeovers that change people’s lives. What I liked about the earlier volumes has been downplayed or removed.

In the margin notes, the author says that Stage 2 will “bring out the ‘love’ part that was almost non-existent in the first stage.” That might account for why this feels more standard — the story’s going to more typical subjects. In addition to the forced love triangle, there’s also an heir refusing to follow the life his father has laid out for him.

The plot points are not only tired, but exaggerated. It’s not just the club’s existence on the line in the latest contest, but Narumi’s future, everyone’s possessions, and Kiri’s father’s salon. It’s overkill, piling on consequences to attempt to replace the feeling that’s missing.

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  3. I disagree with this review. Kiri isn’t that different, ever since the beginning she’s helped her neighbors with their problems, that’s the whole reason the X thing got started. And she’s stopped fighting membership of the club, but she’s not really that into it, either. It think the emphasis on love gives the series a nice new direction, and this was one of my favorite volumes so far. I look forward to the next one.

  4. Thanks for sharing an alternate perspective.

  5. sup I love this book BEAUTY POP!!!!!!

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    i love beauty pop!
    cant wait till the next book comes out.
    its getting very intersting.

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  9. BEAUTY POP ROCKSSS!!!!! (MY FAV CHARACTERS IN ORDER OF HOW MUCH I LIKE THEM &HOW

    KIRI ROCKS!! (PUFFY HEAD) (PRINCE SAMA) (KIRI-TY) AWESOME THEY ARE)

    NARU-NARU ROCKS!! (NARUMI)

    KEI ROCKSS!!!!! (FOOD!!)

    IORI ROCKSS!!!

    CHISMA ROCKSS!! (SHRIMP)

    OCHIAI ROCKS!!!

    I REALLY REALLY WISH THIS SERIES WOULD NEVER END (EVEN THOUGH IT HAD A NICE ENDDING)

    OH AND I ALSO LOVE THESE PEOPLE TOOOO!!!

    SHIMA-TAROU (GOSSIP GUY)

    AOYAMA KANAKO

    MOM AND CHAMPION HAIRSYLIST

    SHAMPOO

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST

    BILLY (THE American Star)

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