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Do Whatever You Want, Volumes 1-3

Review

Do Whatever You Want, Volumes 1-3

written and illustrated by Yeri Na

High-school students Jinwon and Hosoo are singing to crowds of screaming fans. They’re on top of the world. The two young men are interviewed, and one extra-friendly fan runs up to squeeze Jinwon’s face, cooing about how he’s her McDreamy.

Then Jinwon wakes up. And realizes it’s his young niece who’s squeezing his face. He’s not famous…he only wishes he were.

But he and his friend (and rumored lover) Hosoo are determined to make it big in the music business. They’re dedicated to their work. However, Jinwon is uncomfortable when he notices Hosoo taking an interest in one of their schoolmates. The girl who has caught his eye is Soomin, and she is known as a punk with a bad attitude. Perhaps her one saving grace is the fact she’s a skilled artist. Jinwon is upset at Hosoo for paying attention to someone else, only to have himself start to take an interest in the new student, Dana. Dana appears to be much more approachable and with-it than Soomin.

Despite the musical setup, only a few pages involve the two young men making music. And, despite the setup that each one is now going to go after a separate girl, that really isn’t the case, either. It’s more that the story widens out to have four main characters --- Jinwon and Hosoo, Soomin and Dana. Though strangers at first, Soomin and Dana start to develop a close friendship.

No one here has had an unscathed past, and parts of the story repeatedly go back in time. Dana, though she acts on top of things at first, soon emotionally shatters and recalls the death of her best friend. Soomin lost her father, whom she feels guilty for not loving more. And Jinwon and Hosoo both come from shaky family backgrounds. Because of this, both of them have moved away from their parents.

Do Whatever You Want can be very dramatic, melancholic and sad. It has a moving effect on readers. However, it’s not a dour read. There are a number of times when it’s very funny. Characters have comical moments, and Yeri Na is excellent at comedic expressions as characters make faces or look surprised.

Essentially, Do Whatever You Want does what stories ought to: it provides in-depth, likable characters. Readers get involved with the four stars and can feel bad for them when things go wrong. They’re also characters to cheer for because they all have positive attributes. Don’t be disappointed if this manhwa actually isn’t much about music or relationships --- it’s still a great read.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on March 4, 2008

Do Whatever You Want, Volumes 1-3
written and illustrated by Yeri Na

  • Publication Date: March 4, 2008
  • Genres: Manhwa
  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: NETCOMICS
  • ISBN-10: 1600092861
  • ISBN-13: 9781600092862