The Malancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Series: Haruhi Suzumiya #1
Genre: YA Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers(English Publisher)
Synopsis: Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn’t know it!
Meet Haruhi – a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her.
Meet Kyon - the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers.
Meet the S.O.S. Brigade – an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn’t know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya(such a long title!) is a very delightful, fun, and quick read that will bring a smile to your face. I recommend it to readers the age of 13 and up. I would say for all ages but there are a couple of scenes that are little mature(although not to over the top).
This book is filled with delightfully fun characters. Haruhi is a very entertaining character. She is funny and a will go to extremes to get what she wants and when I say extreme I mean extreme(no wonder nobody wants her to find out her powers). She is a very random and upbeat character that will keep you entertained for a long while. Kyon is a very fun and generous narrator. He tells the story very well and never tells too much about himself which is a good things because the story is about Haruhi. He can be a bit on the sarcastic side a times but it is always in the right places and never really gets old. It is funny how he is the only normal person in the club. The rest of the characters: Mikaru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi, and Yuki Nagato are also very entertaining and fun characters.
The story is a very light-hearted story. Every chapter is a short story about the S.O.S Brigade member’s adventures. There are some exciting parts but mostly the story is very light-hearted and humourous. The mystery behind Haruhi’s powers is something I am definitely curious and I want to know more about it. There are a lot of paranormal events that occure in this book which are very enjoyable to read. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a very fun and light-hearted story so if you are looking for a story filled with meaning and substance than you will not get it here. If you are a person looking for a light and entertaining read than this is a book for you!
The writing is very simple and readable which is to be expected since this is a light novel. The writing is very understanable and you do not have to think to hard a while reading. The way the story is told with each chapter having its own short story(the short stories do come together as a story though) makes it very easy to find a stopping point. The art that is scattered through the pages is very pretty and has its own style to it. I believe that the writing makes this book very rereadable.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Susuzmiya is a very quick and fun read that will cheer you up and make you laugh. The book is a very light and rereadable. I will certainly be getting the next books in the series!
I give The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 4 out of 5 Stars