Cactus’s Secret Book 1

If only Miku could bother to actually tell Kyohei that she likes him, we wouldn’t have to wade through most of this story. Instead, because he can’t read her mind, she yells at him, pouts, sulks, and hits him. What a drippy shojo heroine.

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Cactus’s Secret Book 1
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Seriously, one sentence, three words, “I like you” and no need for the majority of the book. I know young women find it difficult to risk their hearts and reveal their feelings, but blaming him because you’re scared is stupid. Not to mention that she knows him as a friend and knows that he can be clueless. Why suddenly expect him to be a whole different person when she’s involved? He even gives her plenty of openings by bringing up the subject when they talk; she fails to take any of them. She thinks she’s being obvious about how she feels, and that’s why he should be able to guess, but that’s not the case, and she needs to take responsibility for getting what she wants instead of hoping it all works out as she hopes.

I’m sure, sadly, that young women can relate to her yo-yo bipolar moods, swinging from love to hate at a moment’s notice, but I fervently hope that they don’t consider Miku any kind of role model. I felt very sorry for Kyohei, who honestly is curious about why Miku’s behavior towards him has changed. Even though she won’t answer him, and just gets madder, he still tries to apologize. Because he doesn’t guess the real reason for her anger correctly (and why would he? Assuming it must have been because she had a crush on him would be egotistic), she throws a fit. He’s a much nicer guy than she deserves.

This is the first time I’ve read a shojo hoping that the two leads don’t get together. Especially given how she hits him and throws things at him. I know this is a manga comedy staple, but I really hope girls don’t take away that acting out that way is acceptable. Take ownership of your own emotions! Don’t expect a guy to be telepathic! He’s not responsible for how you feel or what you do! Don’t be a sexist stereotype!

I also wish that the adapter would have changed one of the key references. The story starts with Kyohei saying that Miku, who’s wearing more makeup than usual, looks like “magician Tenko Hikita”. Although a brief description of the performer is provided in the short list of notes in the back, given the number of times Hikita is referenced, I would have preferred they choose someone known in the U.S., such as Lady Gaga. (The publisher provided a review copy.)

7 Comments

  1. I’ll pass then. Your review captures everything I don’t want in a shoujo.

    “This is the first time I’ve read a shojo hoping that the two leads don’t get together.”

    That happened to me in Crossroad, I thought the main male lead was a lot more boring compared to the heroine’s other choice.

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  5. I started reading Cactus’ Secret the other day. I’ve liked what I’ve read so far but it is a little annyoing that its obvious he’s just oblivious and she just needs to tell him

  6. This is the first time I’ve read a shojo hoping that the two leads don’t get together.

    Me, too. I’d rather see him with his childhood friend.

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