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"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art." - Oscar Wilde. The school fashion show is finally here, and it's a last-minute fight to the finish to get the awesome ensemble ready on time. The drama escalates when a stressed-out Yukari literally passes out from exhaustion in George's car. No one knows if she'll recover in time to model for the show. Meanwhile "One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art." - Oscar Wilde. The school fashion show is finally here, and it's a last-minute fight to the finish to get the awesome ensemble ready on time. The drama escalates when a stressed-out Yukari literally passes out from exhaustion in George's car. No one knows if she'll recover in time to model for the show. Meanwhile, a mysterious female friend from George's past shows up to support him on the big day. Are they just friends...or something more? Yukari's not sure who she can trust. All she's 100 per cent sure about is that she wants the Paradise Kiss posse to take first place at the fashion show, no matter what it takes. Will they reign victorious or be forced to taste the agony of defeat?


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"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art." - Oscar Wilde. The school fashion show is finally here, and it's a last-minute fight to the finish to get the awesome ensemble ready on time. The drama escalates when a stressed-out Yukari literally passes out from exhaustion in George's car. No one knows if she'll recover in time to model for the show. Meanwhile "One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art." - Oscar Wilde. The school fashion show is finally here, and it's a last-minute fight to the finish to get the awesome ensemble ready on time. The drama escalates when a stressed-out Yukari literally passes out from exhaustion in George's car. No one knows if she'll recover in time to model for the show. Meanwhile, a mysterious female friend from George's past shows up to support him on the big day. Are they just friends...or something more? Yukari's not sure who she can trust. All she's 100 per cent sure about is that she wants the Paradise Kiss posse to take first place at the fashion show, no matter what it takes. Will they reign victorious or be forced to taste the agony of defeat?

30 review for Paradise Kiss, Vol. 4

  1. 5 out of 5

    Luke Reynolds

    It took me three days to read a manga volume LOL. *cries* Thank goodness they updated the rating to Older Teen (16+). It’s a lot more fitting. Putting that aside, this was my least favorite volume of the series so far. Yazawa’s very self-aware of the machinations of this story, and her self-deprecating bite is fun, but the content here, even with the fashion show, felt flat to me. At least we know George and Yukari are doomed (there’s this very foreboding feeling). Everyone’s also calling her Caro It took me three days to read a manga volume LOL. *cries* Thank goodness they updated the rating to Older Teen (16+). It’s a lot more fitting. Putting that aside, this was my least favorite volume of the series so far. Yazawa’s very self-aware of the machinations of this story, and her self-deprecating bite is fun, but the content here, even with the fashion show, felt flat to me. At least we know George and Yukari are doomed (there’s this very foreboding feeling). Everyone’s also calling her Caroline (even her little brother, which confuses me; when did he learn about that?). Hopefully the last volume wraps everything up well. (view spoiler)[I also find myself annoyed about Kaori’s introduction as a love rival because she felt irrelevant in the anime adaptation. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jack Reynolds

    The Yazawa fashion show is the center attraction of this volume, but what also blossoms is background development for Isabella and the introduction of Kaori Aso, who is visiting the senior fashion show after studying in London. She may be the cause of some questionable romantic angst late in the game, but, hey, new character all the same. Yazawa creates another entertaining volume with the occasional 4th wall joke and engrossing drama. George and Yukari's relationship is still as much of a tidal The Yazawa fashion show is the center attraction of this volume, but what also blossoms is background development for Isabella and the introduction of Kaori Aso, who is visiting the senior fashion show after studying in London. She may be the cause of some questionable romantic angst late in the game, but, hey, new character all the same. Yazawa creates another entertaining volume with the occasional 4th wall joke and engrossing drama. George and Yukari's relationship is still as much of a tidal wave as it was initially, but it's clear that's going to sputter out soon. It depends on how much Yazawa crafts Kaori, as the lead writer for the anime seemed unsure on what to do with her. Only one volume left. Time for this drama to hit the fan!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I first read this series in middle school, and for a long while I didn't really understand it. Sure, it seemed fun and the characters were interesting. Now, having gone through the motions of school, I appreciate Caroline and her break out so much more. Re-reading now, this series really speaks to me both for its nostalgia factor and for the themes and ideas explored in it. The people, their flaws, their strengths, their weaknesses - all of it is (to me at least) incredibly real and incredibly re I first read this series in middle school, and for a long while I didn't really understand it. Sure, it seemed fun and the characters were interesting. Now, having gone through the motions of school, I appreciate Caroline and her break out so much more. Re-reading now, this series really speaks to me both for its nostalgia factor and for the themes and ideas explored in it. The people, their flaws, their strengths, their weaknesses - all of it is (to me at least) incredibly real and incredibly relatable. Especially in volume 4 and 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    For a manga that only spanned five volumes, Paradise Kiss was incredible and had a really fun story. In this volume, everyone scrambles to finish off their ensemble for the fashion show, and the stress is getting to everyone, including Yukari. All in all this is a really good volume and builds up for the volume 5 conclusion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna C

    3.5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    **Review is for the entire series** OMG I've got such a book hangover from finishing this series. The ending... Aaaaaargh. It's beautiful, but a little heart breaking too. Or maybe a lot heart breaking. I'm a bit emotional right now. Paradise Kiss follows the story of Yukari as she approaches the end of her high school years and her final exams, when she is discovered by a group of local art college students, who instantly want her to model for them in their end-of-year show. Initially outraged by **Review is for the entire series** OMG I've got such a book hangover from finishing this series. The ending... Aaaaaargh. It's beautiful, but a little heart breaking too. Or maybe a lot heart breaking. I'm a bit emotional right now. Paradise Kiss follows the story of Yukari as she approaches the end of her high school years and her final exams, when she is discovered by a group of local art college students, who instantly want her to model for them in their end-of-year show. Initially outraged by these 'weirdos', Yukari is soon caught up by their passion, and starts to realise that her own life isn't very fulfilling. Within this group she meets George, a charismatic, demanding designer, who sees in Yukari his muse for the designer label, Paradise Kiss. And so begins a few frantic weeks in which lives are changed, hearts are broken and new paths are forged. First up, the art here is beautiful. Not too surprising since the focus is fashion, but really it's just gorgeous. Secondly, the writing and pacing are pretty good - things move along quickly, and you never get the sense that things are being dragged out from one chapter to the next. If anything, it would be nice if it were a little longer - there were moments that felt rushed and characters that didn't get as much 'page time' as they deserved. Finally, the characters themselves. Wow there are some flawed characters here, with their emotions beautifully displayed in the artwork. No one is perfect, and you will definitely have those moments where you just want to pull out some hair over a character's choices. But this is a coming-of-age story, and the path to adulthood is typically a bumpy one. So I have to admit a lot of respect for Yazawa Ai in writing real characters in a genre (and medium) that is rife with cardboard cutouts and mary sue's. You may not always like the characters, but you will believe them. I first read this probably around 15 years ago, but I couldn't remember finishing it. Now I'm wondering if I just erased the ending from my memory :P I won't lie, don't go into this one expecting it to have a fairy tale ending. There is plenty of foreshadowing throughout that hints at it, but it still feels like a sucker punch when you reach the end. And that's probably the main reason why I can't give this 5 stars. But it's a solid 4.5 stars, sadly rounded down to 4 stars for Goodreads. Note that this manga contains some nudity & sex scenes. No non-consent or anything like that though. Also the cover art really doesn't do this series justice.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    I’m this volume we see a lot of of characters trying to rebuild their relationships with other characters. Georgie boy’s mom is trying to be a better parent and more supportive of her son (even though she’s terrible at it), Yukari tries to appease her mother while also fulfilling her own goals and dreams and Hiro, while trying to help Yukari get caught up is falling in love with her. It feels like nothing is going on and a lot is going on at the same time. The plot id very slow (the nothing goin I’m this volume we see a lot of of characters trying to rebuild their relationships with other characters. Georgie boy’s mom is trying to be a better parent and more supportive of her son (even though she’s terrible at it), Yukari tries to appease her mother while also fulfilling her own goals and dreams and Hiro, while trying to help Yukari get caught up is falling in love with her. It feels like nothing is going on and a lot is going on at the same time. The plot id very slow (the nothing going on except the big grand show) yet a lot is going on (but it’s all internal dialogue). ...And then back to square one George’s mom still sucks at being a parent, George is still a jerk, and Yukari knows her boyfriend is a jerk but continues to blindly change for him rather than changing for herself. Blegh! Definitely not a mature romance and borderline toxic. Besides the show, the best part in this whole volume was learning about Isabella! I loved seeing just a little bit into Isabellas past considering this is one of the only main characters we still knew nothing about! It was a nice change and minor development in the story. As for the show... (view spoiler)[ Such a big build up for the grand show and such a let down! I feel Yukari’s pain! I wish they would have won, as she looked truly stunning! She killed it! But Arashi was right, if you want to make it big as as a designer you have to appeal to the masses and be willing to make every day clothes and not just appeal to the high brows. George’s work is gorgeous and maybe he can do work for princesses or queens or make wedding dresses (cause he would be soooo good at that) but he could never have his own clothing lines with making ballroom gown style dresses. It’s kind of a shame because he’s so talented, but he is very flawed not only as a character but a bit as a designer too. (hide spoiler)] This was a fun volume to read, but I wish there was more action and plot than there was relationship drama. It was not as good as I was hoping it would be. Maybe the last volume will go off with a bang?!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ✮Octjillery✮

    Loved: -Isabella background, finally! -The dress! Hate: -George, still. He's worse with every volume, and I can't even give the rest of it more than 3 stars because of him. "What if I trip?" asks a nervous girl before modeling a dress on a runway for the first time. "Then we made a mistake in choosing you," replies the huge piece of shit that she calls her boyfriend. Super. Yukari was definitely being a butthead by complaining so much about (view spoiler)[the results of the fashion show (hide spoiler)] Loved: -Isabella background, finally! -The dress! Hate: -George, still. He's worse with every volume, and I can't even give the rest of it more than 3 stars because of him. "What if I trip?" asks a nervous girl before modeling a dress on a runway for the first time. "Then we made a mistake in choosing you," replies the huge piece of shit that she calls her boyfriend. Super. Yukari was definitely being a butthead by complaining so much about (view spoiler)[the results of the fashion show (hide spoiler)] but that's more understandable than 99.9% of the garbage George pulls. Also not sure why everyone is calling her Caroline now, including her brother? What? Can't wait for the relationship to finally to crash and burn in the last volume because that's what I'm really hoping for. Then Yukari can run off with Hiroyuki who actually gives a shit.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gwyneth Andrea

    More than frustration and annoyance, I share in the pain Caroline feels when she's with George. I understand how she can't help but love him, even if he isn't reciprocating the same kind of love to her. I understand that all she wants is to be loved. Although, I somehow don't blame George and his confusing personality. It turns out, it was his situation at home and his relationship with his parents that caused him to be less empathic. So far, I'm very pleased with Paradise Kiss. The writing is reali More than frustration and annoyance, I share in the pain Caroline feels when she's with George. I understand how she can't help but love him, even if he isn't reciprocating the same kind of love to her. I understand that all she wants is to be loved. Although, I somehow don't blame George and his confusing personality. It turns out, it was his situation at home and his relationship with his parents that caused him to be less empathic. So far, I'm very pleased with Paradise Kiss. The writing is realistic—too realistic, in fact. The characters are complex and they feel like real people. ♥

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer

    Okay - this one was such a beautiful part to the story. The build-up to the show in the first three books and now we got to see the show and the beautiful dress and Yakori in the dress. It was drawn amazingly well and so intricately detailed. Such talent. Can't wait to see how the story ends. Okay - this one was such a beautiful part to the story. The build-up to the show in the first three books and now we got to see the show and the beautiful dress and Yakori in the dress. It was drawn amazingly well and so intricately detailed. Such talent. Can't wait to see how the story ends.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I keep coming back. :D

  12. 5 out of 5

    Roma

    I hate George.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    I feel the same about vol.4 as I felt about all the previous volumes: it is not bad but not spectacular, I like the relationship between Caroline and George.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cate Sky

    4,5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    The story of George and Isabella in this volume gets me every time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Demon

    I fuckin hate Caroline's mother. I fuckin hate Caroline's mother.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A quick, good read for all writers. You will feel buoyed and validated in Goldberg’s hands.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Overall Rating: A+ Summary: A fashion/drama/romance Josei series created by Ai Yazawa (who is also the creator of Nana), which follows Yukari "Caroline" Hayasaka. Yukari is an attractive high schooler, but her life consists of traveling from high school to cram school to home, and back again. The manga opens with Yukari running into Arashi (a punk) and Isabella (a transvestite), who are part of a group of fashion students that call their label "Paradise Kiss". Yukari thinks they are perverts (did Overall Rating: A+ Summary: A fashion/drama/romance Josei series created by Ai Yazawa (who is also the creator of Nana), which follows Yukari "Caroline" Hayasaka. Yukari is an attractive high schooler, but her life consists of traveling from high school to cram school to home, and back again. The manga opens with Yukari running into Arashi (a punk) and Isabella (a transvestite), who are part of a group of fashion students that call their label "Paradise Kiss". Yukari thinks they are perverts (did I mention she's a bit naïve?), and faints. When she wakes up, she's staring at a pink-haired woman named Miwako (the cute woman in lolita clothing on the cover), who explains the situation, and that they want her to be their model. She refuses, explaining that she's much too busy with school and doing important things, and that fashion students have it easy. This understandably pisses off Arashi (our spiky haired punk boy on the cover), who yells at her, and Yukari quickly leaves. Miwako runs after her and calls her "Caroline", because she doesn't know Yukari's name yet. As a result, Yukari is referred to as "Caroline" by the Paradise Kiss crew. Regardless, Caroline leaves, but drops her student id. The next day a ridiculously attractive guy named George shows up, and tells Yukari Miwako has her id (he has it). George gets her to go with him, in theory to pick up her id, to the art school Yazagaku. He then takes her to a hair and makeup artist for a makeover (this mostly consists of giving her bangs). After this stop off, they go meet up with the Paradise Kiss crew, and they put Yukari in a dress they designed, give her back her id, and convince her to be their model. I love Ai Yazawa. Nana is one of my favorite series, and I am now thoroughly addicted to "Paradise Kiss" after only one volume. I had already watched the anime, and finally got around to checking out the manga. Now I wish I had grabbed the first volume as soon as I finished the anime (or even while I was watching the anime). As with "Nana", "Paradise Kiss" has an excellent plot that really draws you in, interesting characters that develop in interesting ways (even in just the first volume), and is a lot of fun. The series is clearly intended for a slightly more mature audience (there are sex scenes, but they aren't explicit), but if you like Josei/Shōjo manga check this one out. Check out more manga and anime reviews at Hobotaku!

  19. 5 out of 5

    mazohyst

    Wow, finally the Yazawa show takes place! I was completely stunned by everything. I never really thought the characters had it in them. At first everything seemed to be going really well. Then another element was thrown in. Now I'm beginning to predict an ending. I just wish Yazawa didn't throw it in so close to the ending. It's a nice twist I suppose. I'm really becoming concerned for Yukari's future now. (view spoiler)[I have a feeling that George is going to be whisked away by Kaori. She seems Wow, finally the Yazawa show takes place! I was completely stunned by everything. I never really thought the characters had it in them. At first everything seemed to be going really well. Then another element was thrown in. Now I'm beginning to predict an ending. I just wish Yazawa didn't throw it in so close to the ending. It's a nice twist I suppose. I'm really becoming concerned for Yukari's future now. (view spoiler)[I have a feeling that George is going to be whisked away by Kaori. She seems like a strong woman for him. I really want Yukari to be with George though. Although the other guy seems much more stable for Yukari, I just can't picture them together. But he's a safer choice. More realistic I guess. I just wish it wasn't so! Please, George satisfy my needs! (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Yukari's made some big decisions about what she wants to do and finds herself playing catch-up back at school, and what with studying and rehearsals and fretting over George, she's not sleeping or eating well, which is leading to a few new complications! Luckily the show is just a couple days away! I love the way Yukari gows up a little in this volume--though she's still definitely got some maturing to do--and Tokumori is super sweet. The moms in this series though...yeesh! One more volume... Yukari's made some big decisions about what she wants to do and finds herself playing catch-up back at school, and what with studying and rehearsals and fretting over George, she's not sleeping or eating well, which is leading to a few new complications! Luckily the show is just a couple days away! I love the way Yukari gows up a little in this volume--though she's still definitely got some maturing to do--and Tokumori is super sweet. The moms in this series though...yeesh! One more volume...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela Auten

    Paradise Kiss Volume 4 Manga Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. I read the manga because I watched the anime. I wanted to see how close the anime came to the manga. This volume represented episodes 10 and 11. Characters: 5 stars out of 5. All the characters have grown on me except for George. Yukari's character is growing bolder and stronger. I started loving her more than in the first three volumes. I really did hate her mother. Her mother held her back so much. Miwako still Paradise Kiss Volume 4 Manga Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. I read the manga because I watched the anime. I wanted to see how close the anime came to the manga. This volume represented episodes 10 and 11. Characters: 5 stars out of 5. All the characters have grown on me except for George. Yukari's character is growing bolder and stronger. I started loving her more than in the first three volumes. I really did hate her mother. Her mother held her back so much. Miwako still is and always will be my favorite. Writing Style: 5 stars out 5.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Treasure

    The student fashion show finally happens! Yukari's struggle with her feelings for George are still aggravating me, as I think he treats her badly and is emotionally abusive. I like the return of his mother, as she provides a lot of insight into why George is so messed up. Now that the show is over, the real question remains, What will Yukari do about George? And who is this pretty girl who has returned to see George? What is HER motive? The student fashion show finally happens! Yukari's struggle with her feelings for George are still aggravating me, as I think he treats her badly and is emotionally abusive. I like the return of his mother, as she provides a lot of insight into why George is so messed up. Now that the show is over, the real question remains, What will Yukari do about George? And who is this pretty girl who has returned to see George? What is HER motive?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ivo

    Paradise Kiss was an interesting Manga to read, for most of the time, I forgot I was reading a Manga an thought I was just reading a really powerful and intense book series. I really like all of the book to be honest, how the story develops, and how much the characters grow it's amazing, I really like the Author's work, and I am must defiantly gonna finish Nana series. If you like Nana, you are gonna like this. Paradise Kiss was an interesting Manga to read, for most of the time, I forgot I was reading a Manga an thought I was just reading a really powerful and intense book series. I really like all of the book to be honest, how the story develops, and how much the characters grow it's amazing, I really like the Author's work, and I am must defiantly gonna finish Nana series. If you like Nana, you are gonna like this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kenza

    I really liked the fashion show, Yukari was stunning!! I also liked Kaori, she seems to be such a good person but I really feel that something is going to happen between her and G and I don't know what to think about it because ughhh there is just one volume left. And Hiroyuki just saved a little place in my heart he's such a cute, adorable (and handsome) boy! I really liked the fashion show, Yukari was stunning!! I also liked Kaori, she seems to be such a good person but I really feel that something is going to happen between her and G and I don't know what to think about it because ughhh there is just one volume left. And Hiroyuki just saved a little place in my heart he's such a cute, adorable (and handsome) boy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elefteria

    Generally I love Ai Yazawa manga! I love the complex characters, their unusuall way of thinkink and their intense lives. A few people that read it were disapointed with the ending but if it would end the way they wanted, it would just end up being another cliche romance manga

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    After all the doin's a'transpirin' in the 3rd volume, 4 gets off to a slow start, but then the fashion show hits and this baby is back on top. Gorgeous artwork, and the characterization remains top-notch. After all the doin's a'transpirin' in the 3rd volume, 4 gets off to a slow start, but then the fashion show hits and this baby is back on top. Gorgeous artwork, and the characterization remains top-notch.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I love this series and my review is on vol. 1 as to why I love it so!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wee!wawaLAA!!!

    This one seems a bit more boring. I suppose the beginning was somewhat interesting, continuing on from the 3rd volume, but it really doesn't seem to catch my attention. Oh well, just one more to go. This one seems a bit more boring. I suppose the beginning was somewhat interesting, continuing on from the 3rd volume, but it really doesn't seem to catch my attention. Oh well, just one more to go.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    Paradise Kiss is one of my favorite manga series. It has a great romance and I love Ai Yazawa's artistic style. Paradise Kiss is one of my favorite manga series. It has a great romance and I love Ai Yazawa's artistic style.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Macha

    4 stars.

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