The Story of Lee 1 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/2/1
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Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Englishman. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee's Dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee's heart, a Chinese young man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt's relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? Two worlds collide creating good sparks . . . and bad ones.
"There is much here to like. Lee is quite sympathetic and her straightforward romance with Matt is sweet and believable. Readers will look forward to the next volume in this gentle series." --VOYA (August 2011)
"Drawn with the iconic faces and screentones manga aficionados cherish and written with a sensitivity to the passion of first love, The Story of Lee is a story to move any heart." --Teacher Librarian
"Recommended. The cultural tension is beautifuilly written, and the story is told well in the small moments between Lee and Matt."
- Library Media Connection
"While the arc of the story will, I suspect, not surprise many readers, it is told with such warmth, skill and truthfulness that the reader cannot help but be carried along by it and then lifted by the note of hopefulness at the end. And ending which does a superb job of leaving the reader wanting more. Seek this out!"
- Richard Clements, HI EXComics
"The Story of Lee talks frankly about how Western and Eastern ideas about sex and behavior can be dramatically different while Joel and Hana (the Canadian and Korean protagonists of Love as a Foreign Language) are a bit twee. Honestly, though, I'm into twee. The Story of Lee also presents Lee as part of a family unit, while Hana seems to be on her own, and I do firmly believe that no girlie is an island. Even Matt, The Story of Lee's charming Scot, has a brother back in Edinburgh. I suppose that The Story of Lee is a more realistic, in-depth view of how a relationship with these circumstances would end up, even with Lee's literal and figurative flyaway happy ending.
But, darn it, Joel and Hana are just so cute. I can't imagine Hana accidentally getting wasted at a hostess club while running away from home for an evening. Maybe that's what tips my scale ever so slightly for Love as a Foreign Language: I like reading about the decisions I wouldn't make. Because, honestly, I would end up drunk in the hostess club. Actually, there's more than a fairly decent chance I've done something comparable. There's no mystery to The Story of Lee, unless you're counting the surprisingly familial shifts, but it's a far more practical exploration of love in strange lands. But every lovefool knows, though, that you don't have to fly across an ocean to find a strange land. Sometimes they're just down the street. And everyone can tell you the story of the paths they've travelled. But we all like to get lost on someone else's path sometimes. "
- Erin Jameson, Playbackstl
"'The Story of Lee' (NBM, $11.99) is a shojo (romance) manga about a Hong Kong girl and a Scottish boy stumbling over language barriers, family complications and cultural roadblocks on the way to maybe, possibly, could-be love. Do they get together? Will they? Can they? It doesn't seem possible throughout, and -- without spoiling the end -- there's definitely room for a sequel.
As novel as this situation might be for readers, it's oddly familiar territory for the creators. Writer Sean Michael Wilson is a Scot living in Japan, and artist Chie Kutsuwada is a Japanese living in London. Their familiarity with the turf wars gives this unpretentious East-meets-West, boy-meets girl story an easy, breezy sense of verisimilitude. And, OK, Lee and her Western boyfriend, Matt, make a cute couple. There, I said it."
- Andrew A Smith, Scripps Howard News Service.
Matt, a Brit living in Hong Kong meets Lee, a young girl who just doesn't quite fit her fathers' expectations. She, being a dutiful daughter, dates the boy he has chosen for her. She works at the family business. The only one who understands her is Gran, who sees through her heart and knows her son. Her passing creates a harmony that frees Lee to pursue her dream.
I enjoyed the story telling prowess of Wilson and Kutsuwada in "The Story Of Lee" inasmuch as it resembles a North American/European style rather than manga. The characterizations are rich, the romance is 'modern', and the art flows freely.