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Teen FAP Review: The Gentlemen’s Alliance

The Gentleman’s Alliance

By Arina Tanemura

If you like graphic novels with a bit of a cheesy romance, this one is perfect. A well illustrated school-tale, Gentleman’s Alliance Cross is cute as well as dramatic. It tells the tale of ex-delinquient, Haine, who  finds herself in a famous school, searching for the love of her life. She is considered a nobody until the student president decides to make her his girlfriend. However, he acts cold and cruel to her despite the fact that he is the man she’s been looking for!

This isn’t  a tale we haven’t heard before. It’s cliché and cute, and overall, not a bad read. To those who love reading graphic novels with a bit more action and violence, this isn’t for you. This book is more of an illustrated soap opera, much like “Gossip Girl” (except, less lies, deceit, and graphic content). There is an innocence in the novel as well, especially in the main character. Haine, despite being a previous street-fighting delinquent, in very naïve. She goes through many struggles with family, and friends and trying to discover the  truth about her life surroundings.

The plot progresses, with a new twist and turn around every corner. Another plus to the book is its reference to japanese culture which can be enlightening to many readers.

Overall, this is a good book for those looking for something dramatic, girly and romantic.

**The above review was written by Yelizaveta as part of the Teen Fine Alternative Program.  If you’re interested in working off fines owed on CLP materials and are between the ages of 12-18, please contact your local CLP location.**

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