I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, just for the simple fact that I do not see the characters evolving enough. I understand that there are 9 boys, but it is book 5 now and we only know their name, that they all had bad home lives, they are in the academy and favorite color. It seems to me that none of them are becoming more than just names on a page. I love this story, I love the boys, but it doesn't feel like it is letting us see any of the characters, I would love for just some down time, and talking to them, finding out what makes them tick and what they love to do. I understand that we will get to see Sang go out with them and do things, but one book at a time seems a bit long for us to learn anything, or is it just me? I just don't want to see people start to lose interest in these books because the characters are still rather anemic on paper.
Besides my concern, we have a new bad guy, and the vice principle is still just gone, and we have a return of another bad guy, Greg. So it is a really busy book, but we are seeing less time to just get to know the guys, luckily we did get to see Victor and finally Sang gets to hear him play, so that is good! We get one of the cutest 1 liners ever, delivered by Dr. Green to Sang, when you read about their "date," you will understand! It is just super cute, and we kind of get to see a little more into Dr. Green, which was nice to see. We also get a super sweet Sang birthday party, I loved that all the guys were so alright with letting Sang girly them up, except for North, which honestly surprised me. Here we have the boy who seems the most secure in who he is, and who has already admitted to loving Sang, and he has the biggest problem with getting his nails painted, that surprised me.
And we finally get one of the boys standing up and saying, pay attention to me. I have to say I thought that was well pointed out, she needs to text them, one on one more often, and just try and talk to them if any of this is going to work out in the end. Also the fact that she is scared of the shower is finally talked about with someone, not insomuch that it is helpful for Sang, but at least someone knows now so she can possible start healing. Though I honestly don't know how Kota isn't going to be pissed that she didn't talk to him about it, he has already said she needs to tell him when something is wrong, so that is something to think about. And Luke is the first boy to get a show of affection in front of the others, IF you don't count her chewing on fingers. I think that her kissing him on the cheek in front of all the other boys is a very big step in the right direction for her healing and mental health.
All in all I still love these boys, er I mean books, I am just hoping to see more character development all around in the next one.