I’ll tell you right now: I’m not exactly what you’d call a fan of shoujo manga. That being said, I’ve heard quite a bit about Honey and Clover and wanted to check it out since I hadn’t heard anything even remotely negative about it. I’ve braved the first volume and it’s safe to say this is something worth reading—yes, even if the mere term “shojo manga” sends you running for the hills.
Honey and Clover is a story about a group of students in art college and the love triangles—maybe better to say rhombuses—they create. While there isn’t really a truly main couple or protagonist, it’s clear the story centers on Hagu. Hagu is a very talented artist who also happens to be very, very short. Of course, she gets a lot of attention for this and is constantly being told she looks like a grade-school student.