Shortcake Cake, Vol. 7 by Suu Morishita
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
An unflappable girl and a cast of lovable male roommates at a boardinghouse create bonds of friendship and romance.
When Ten moves out of her parents’ home in the mountains to live in a boardinghouse, she finds herself becoming fast friends with her male roommates. But can love and romance be far behind?
Ten can’t hide her feelings for Riku anymore. When the two visit a shrine together, Riku asks her, “Do you like me?” Ten gathers her courage and finally admits she does, but what she says next is unexpected.
One question that kept popping up in my mind while reading this volume was ‘WHAT’? because it felt like the story is making some illogical decisions. So, at the end of the last volume, Riku straight up asked Ten if she liked him, and now, here, she immediately admits yes, but then she says she wants him to wait so that she can ask him properly? And then this girl goes off, thinking she needs to make it up to him for rejecting him earlier??? And then she starts a beauty regime, takes makeup tips from her friend, gets fit with exercise etc, so that she can ask after she feels she ‘made an effort??? Girl, what are you doing? He asked you out when you were as you were! Like, this was so weird that it even felt out of Ten’s characterization so far?! It takes them about a 100 pages just to finally start dating!
Meanwhile, Chiaki feels he has to apologize to Riku for kissing Ten and confessing to her, like what? Then, he supports them, while encouraging Ten to go for Riku, which is like, totally him. Also I loved his interactions with Riku this tim, too, (Riku, just admit it – he is your friend!) because he is so cute and kind, and he barely even shows his heartbreak. Only he and the artwork are somewhat saving this volume at this point!
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
Previous books in the Shortcake Cake series
Releases on February 4, 2020