Just like with Peach Girl, I found Change of Heart in my local library. See, I am very particular when it comes to reading manga. I have to have access to all of a manga. I refuse to skip issues on the fact that when I am really invested I don’t want to miss a single minute of the story. When I noticed Peach Girl only had 8 volumes, I opened to the end of the final book to see where it ended and if that was a natural stopping point…it was not.
So, naturally I began to look around for any other books. I only got lucky because I happened to stumble upon Change of Heart while I was looking for another series entirely (for some unknown reason they were not placed together on the manga shelves).
I must say, if you thought the first half of Peach Girl was filled with drama, let me tell you, that was not the half of it. I thought that it couldn’t get much crazier… boy was I wrong. Peach Girl: Change of Heart all starts after Momo begins to realize that Kiley has been there for her through everything and through it all she was beginning to develop feelings for him. Naturally, with a title like Change of Heart, it would be the relationship between Momo and someone else (obviously, that is Kiley). As the story begins, Momo was seen making out with Kiley, so everyone is aware they have a relationship. One day, Momo stumbles upon a student handbook. When she flips it open to see who’s handbook it is, she stumbles upon a picture of Kiley and a girl from his past. The picture is beyond worn out and the face of the girl is barely recognizable. Later, we meet an ex of Kiley’s. It is in these moments that all of the drama begins to unfold. Throughout it all, we learn who is in the picture in Kiley’s handbook, we meet the male version of Sae, and so much more. There are twists and turns and very heavy topics in Change of Heart.
Again, like Peach Girl it was very difficult for me to find anything wrong with it. I searched and searched. I read the story twice all the way through and I just couldn’t find anything to talk about. I know there have to be negatives as nothing is perfect, but maybe I just like the story so well I subconsciously overlooked them.
With that being said, there are a ton of things that I liked about Peach Girl: Change of Heart. I am pretty sure they are probably the same things that I liked about the predecessor but I will mention them all again.
First of all, I loved the fact that it was Kiley’s turn to shine. I always wanted Kiley to win Momo’s heart so this was the perfect story for me personally. I got to enjoy all of Kiley’s quirks at every moment. On top of all of his personality traits, you also get to learn a lot more about Kiley and his past. Moral of the story Kiley is the center of attention automatically making the best of the series. Of course this is all just my opinion.
The second thing that I really enjoyed about Change of Heart is the characters. We still have our main characters from Peach Girl, but then we get new main characters who truly give it their all. They all have so much personality whether it is a good personality or a bad one. I found myself rooting for the good guys as well as hoping karma would get the best of the worst kind of people. Character investment is one of the most important things to have in any story. It keeps you turning pages just to see what will happen next. With that being said, Peach Girl has knocked investment out of the park.
Finally, I love that Change of Heart covered some rather difficult subjects. Just like how in Peach Girl, there was the part with Sae tricking Momo and her losing her virginity. There are some subjects that are even darker than date rape. In Change of Heart, there are subjects such as prostitution, attempted rape (by future family member), teenage pregnancy, and suicide. Although some of these are not what they seem in the manga, the time is still taken to shine a little bit of light on these subjects. I personally like when television shows and books take the time to incorporate these dark subjects into their platforms.
Overall, I absolutely loved Change of Heart. I think Peach Girl has become one of my go to’s when I want to read a romance manga. There isn’t a single thing I can think of that I didn’t like. There were time when I wanted to cry as well as times I wanted to laugh with the characters. I also found myself smiling all the time when it came to something between Momo and Kiley. I mean maybe I just have a small school girl crush on Kiley’s character and that’s why I have taken a liking to him as much as I have. Either way, Peach Girl: Change of Heart couldn’t lose in my book considering it revolved around Kiley. Add in the difficult topic discussions and it was a knock out in my opinion. I really do recommend it to anyone who is interested in the high school romance manga genre. It is well worth the read.
I have also recently learned that there is another series after Change of Heart. It is called Peach Girl: Next. I do believe it just started being released in October of 2018, so it only has four volumes out right now. I will certainly review them as well considering how much I love this series and how invested I am in these characters. Make sure to stick around to see my review on those!