Title: The Color of Water
Author: Kim Dong-Hwa
Book #: 2nd of Trilogy
Publisher: First Second
Publish Date: June 9th 2009
Date Read: September 15th 2013
Rating: ★★★★★ / out of 5
A man who becomes enchanted by the flower's fragrance stays only for a fleeting moment, but a man who comes because of love stays for a lifetime.
When Ehwa goes to the town festival, she meets a handsome young wrestler named Duksam who’s eager to catch her eye. After he wins the festival wrestling championship, he and Ehwa begin to meet, sneaking spare moments to be together. But a shadow falls on their romance when Master Cho sends Duksam away and asks for Ehwa’s hand in marriage himself It is then that Ehwa discovers the pain of heartbreak – and that love is always complicated.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
As we see Ehwa grow older in this second volume, we also see her explorations and discoveries in the world of love and sex. While slightly less innocent than the first book, Ehwa is still a very relate-able protagonist and a very remarkable young woman. Her and her mother's romances are heart-warming and fragile things, and we see them connect in a new way as they both test the waters in the possibilities of true love.
Overall, I would very much so recommend this series! I think it is a very good coming-of-age story.
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