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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,021 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
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.

Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru TanigawaSpice & Wolf, Vol. 1 by Isuna HasekuraKino no Tabi by Keiichi SigsawaThe Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi OnoWelcome to the N.H.K. by Tatsuhiko Takimoto
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Jul 02, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery-lovers
This is a review of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, volumes 1-7. I'd give the first few only 3 stars because they aren't as involved as the later ones: you reach the best parts as the puzzle pieces add up and create a bigger and bigger picture. The reason I didn't give the series five stars is that some stylistic choices don't translate well into English. Kyon is an extremely introspective narrator; metaphors are frequently bloated by English standards; the plot unravels so slowly that you don ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
First of all, this is the first novel of "Haruhi Suzumiya" series. It's the prose format novel. It's not the manga version. I just want to explain it to avoid confusions. I was really eager to read this book since I've researched that on Japan, this book series beat on sales to the "Harry Potter" series, and I'm not going to compare or trying to make a fuzz of what series is better, just it got my attention since any book series that can compete on sales, on any country, with "Harry Potter" book ...more
Sean O'Hara
May 23, 2011 Sean O'Hara rated it really liked it
The Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is about a 14 year old Japanese schoolgirl.

(Well, there's a surprise. When was the last time you came across a light novel that didn't have a teenage girl as the protagonist? Japanese authors write about schoolgirls the way Americans write about middle aged white guys.)

True. Although to be fair, Haruhi isn't really the protagonist. She's more a force of nature. The real protag of the story is the narrator, Kyon. He doesn't want to be the hero -- he'd rather be a
Jay H
Jan 27, 2011 Jay H rated it did not like it
I read this novel because I wanted more of the story after watching the anime, and because books always have more to offer than their movie/tv show counterparts. Well it was a huge disappointment. Everything, and I mean every single scene in the book was incorporated into the anime so there was nothing new, and the writing was so bland that it left almost no motivation to finish the book. I do feel that a lot of the voice is lost in translation, but even so there could've been so much more to of ...more
Jun 18, 2009 Mallory rated it did not like it
I’ve never been a big fan of manga, which is probably why I’d never heard of this novel until quite recently. Apparently, it’s more or less the Japanese incarnation of Twilight. Not so much because of vampires and romance, but moreso because it’s a sub-par novel that has become an international craze. At least enough of a craze for its English translation to have a display near the front of Borders. When I mentioned it to my manga-nerd friends, they knew exactly what I was talking about. The nov ...more
Lindley Walter-smith
First of all, I'm really glad some Japanese light novels are making it into English. And there was a lot to like in this one - the science fiction plot, the ambiguity about who is the real source of power and strangeness - everyone in the novel seems to think it's Haruhi, but it's amazing that every event turns out to play to exactly what Kyon wishes for - are really original and enjoyable. There was a lot I found appealing and fascinating.

What wasn't appealing and fascinating was the relentless
Aug 05, 2015 Johanna rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this one. While I love the story, there are a number of very disturbing scenes and many of the characters, though amusing, are very unrealistic and unconvincing. It's definitely easier to suspend disbelief if you have a history of watching anime, because a lot of these things occur frequently in manga and anime.

I also think the translation could be better. I recognized some expressions that were literally translated from Japanese, but just didn't work in English
Dec 25, 2014 Jokoloyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book at Christmas holiday because I was bored. Surprisingly, the first sentence of the story is: When did I stop believing in Santa Claus?

What a great start!

I had watched the anime version years ago, and I had great fun. Even nowadays I can still remember the premise and main story. I suffered much when reading this book because I already knew the story's twists. But even with lack of surprise in plots, I enjoyed the voice of POV character. The unreliable first person POV with sar
Jul 12, 2012 水色書庫 rated it really liked it
This is the first volume from the infamous (?) Haruhi Suzumiya series. I was familiar with most of the plot thanks to its anime adaptation, but boy wasn't it a great feeling to recap all the shocking scenes and revelations about each SOS member on papar all over again!

Haruhi is actually one of those rare series I enjoy a lot despite lack of love for its heroine. Yet one has to admit that only when all characters are gathered in front of Haruhi as one entity (Team SOS) do we get to see the best
Jan 20, 2015 Maud rated it it was amazing
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I love this series so much! I first watched the anime, then read the manga and then I discovered that there were actually novels too! I was so happy and this novel didn't let me down at all!
The story is the same as the anime and manga but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. I loved seeing all my favourite characters again. I love how fierce and passionate Haruhi is, how hopeless and sarcastic Kyon is, the quietness of Nagato
Jun 12, 2010 Rhockman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rhockman by: Federiken Masters
El argumento es absorbente pero peca en exceso de protagonista "concha vacía" (Suena mejor en inglés).

Hice un intento muy fuerte por despegarme de la imagen de la portada y hacerme mi propio elenco de personajes de carne y hueso... pero está escrito para que sean personajes de manga.

Creo que hay otra historia igual de interesante en el libro, distinta a la que transcurre en el relato; y me imagino que es la de un autor bienintencionado con una idea interesante y la de un vacío creativo en el inc
Joshua Buhs
Dec 29, 2015 Joshua Buhs rated it did not like it
Shelves: weird, fantasy, ya
I don't get it, I guess.

This is a fantasy story that became the basis for all sorts of artworks in Japan since it came out in 2003--manga and anime and books. The story starts out as a teen tale of high school before morphing into a fantasy. We learn that the weird girl who has forced the narrator and several other students into a club is actually a sort of God, whose powers--unrealized by her--might be creating fantastic beings: people with ESP; aliens; time travelers. And might also be capable
Jul 19, 2015 Selena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Chuunibyou
I enjoyed this one a lot. It really spoke to the part of me that says "there must be more to reality."

This reads like a goofy rom com, and it is, but with a twist. It's told through the eyes of Kyon, who ends up sitting in front of a crazy girl who wants aliens, time travelers, and espers (psychics) to exist. She starts a club and drags him into it so they can search for these mysterious beings she knows exists but can't find.

And believe me, they do exist. They're right under her nose. And they'
Nek0 Neha
Dec 02, 2015 Nek0 Neha rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book, I was expecting a very a-typical rom-com sort of novel experience (mind you that I have not seen the anime and I didn't know anything about the story going into it). Even though the comedy aspect is there with a slight bit of romance tossed into it, it was surprisingly different and refreshingly entertaining.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is about a highly intellectual girl who transfers to a new school. Everyone knows her from middle school as an unapproach
Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2015 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a frequent visitor to the web site Recently, while doing so, I saw a page for a group of Japanese light novels that were translated into English, called Haruhi Suzumiya. I thought the premise was interesting, if somewhat weird, and read the first one, called The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was... unique, to say the least.

Let's clear up a few points first. Though Haruhi Suzumiya is the character that is the “focus” of the novel, she is NOT the main character. That would be
Colin Bruce Anthes
Jun 17, 2011 Colin Bruce Anthes rated it really liked it
When I found the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, I was ecstatic. This comic splash, seamlessly travelling from cosmic science fiction to familiar high school nostalgia, was a masterpiece. “What I find incredible,” I said to a friend and co-watcher, “is that it’s so much more than just genre fiction.”

I have now read the first three books. They are no more than genre fiction.

The norm, of course, is for film and TV adaptations to capture a part or an essence of the book, and then f
Oct 02, 2013 Luis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-english
I had an awesome experience discovering Haruhi Suzumiya's world.

What I knew about this collection before started reading was almost nothing, apart from the visual appearance of the main characters due to the anime. This was a bit misleading, given the fact that at first glance it looks like a school manga with all the well-known clichés. After reading the first part of the history, I can say that this is still true, but there a lot more in this plot that turns the story into a really appealing w
Aug 04, 2011 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the memories of watching the Haruhi Suzumiya anime all came back as I read through this first novel in the series. Obviously, the novel goes into much more detail than the show.

And since I've watched the anime, I already knew what was to come, and the "surprising" events didn't catch me off guard, although it still was enjoyable to read.

It's a light read, which slowly starts off normal enough. The reader gets insight into the mind of Kyon, as it is through his perspective that he is the narr
Oct 23, 2009 Jayd rated it did not like it
This book was amazingly, incredibly poorly written. I can't blame it on translation; No translator could have done this awful a job. The main character is an absolute shmuck. He's complaining about things constantly - that or he's being perverted. The amount of adjectives shoved into every single one of his sentences is astounding, especially when you look at his passion (or lack thereof) for school, and his one or two word sentences. His opinion is that if someone is different, they should chan ...more
May 29, 2014 Jacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so very excited to have finished the first light novel and I can't wait to read the next one. I love Harsh as a character as well as Kyon. I wish I knew his real name!

I learned about Haruhi Suzumiya at karaoke when my friend sang a song from the anime. I watched the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya which got me into the show and the novels. I will need sone luck with this task of all things Haruhi Suzumiya.

I really like Kyon's point of view but if there was a version from Haruhi's POV, I w
Jul 28, 2014 Marco rated it it was amazing
¡Lo amo! Es la primera vez que leo la adaptación de un manga a novela xD Realmente genial.
Ryan Talbot
Feb 29, 2016 Ryan Talbot rated it really liked it
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Nathanael Chan
Apr 06, 2015 Nathanael Chan rated it it was amazing
At the first few pages of the book I found The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya very irritating, especially with the weird girl as the main heroine. But after reading through I found that this book is very good, and the way the male protagonist thinks to himself trying to understand the stuff that is going around him is very hilarious. Overall I like how the writer is able to perfectly introduce each character and their background in a short and simple way. As the real name of the male protagonist ...more
May 03, 2015 EveMoon rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I watched the anime adaptation of this book a long time ago and remembered liking it, so I had to pick this book up when I saw it in a store in english. Surprise, the book was better than the anime.

First of all, I'm very much in love with the whole idea and in my opinion it's carried out extremely well. For me it works perfectly: Even though Kyon is the narrator it feels like Haruhi's viewpoint is present throughout the book. I don't know if I can explain this well, but I'm trying.

Kyon and Haruh
Jesse Zellmer
Mar 31, 2015 Jesse Zellmer rated it it was ok
I understand through reading this why these things are called light novels. I like anime and literature both and I was hoping that there would be a middle-ground in the light novel genre. I wanted the light and visual medium to mix well with the barebones quality of utilizing words to entirely tell a story. I tripped and fell over during the process, as that was asking for a bit much. It's written differently (and not necessarily in a good way) than a lot of books in that it tells an alright sto ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Kenchiin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-novel
Who could possible dislike Haruhi.
Lori Nakagawa
Jan 12, 2011 Lori Nakagawa rated it liked it
For those who like Japanese Manga or know much of Japanese culture, this is an entertaining and imaginative read. I'm not such a big fan of Manga, but since it was a novel it was better to me. Haruhi is a cute but overly determined high school girl in a city "where nothing exciting ever happens." Well at least until Haruhi arrived... This was a very popular book in Japan and will be to those who are in touch with the culture there.
Pia Ferrara
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This is the first volume of light novel version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the popular manga/anime series of the same name. It almost exactly follows the story of the bulk of the first series of the anime, so if you've seen that, there isn't anything new here.

For those who haven't seen/read the anime/manga, this is the story of a girl, Haruhi, who wants nothing more than for life to be exciting. She has no time for normal people living normal lives; she wants to meet aliens, time-trav
May 04, 2014 Filippo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un voto a metà fra la serie anime, che ho trovato estremamente riuscita ed originale ed il manga, che invece mi annoia a morte.
La light novel è l'inizio del mondo di Haruhi, con i suoi controsensi ed il suo contorto approccio alla realtà ... ed al soprannaturale. La Jpop ha pubblicato in italiano la prima (ad oggi anche la seconda e la terza) opera, da cui sono state poi tratte le due serie animate, diventate un vero e proprio cult in Giappone.
La figura di Haruhi, in tutto il suo essere tsundere
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Nagaru Tanigawa is a graduate of the Kwansei Gakuin University School of Law. In 2003, he won Kadokawa's Grand Prize for Literary World for his work on the Haruhi Suzumiya series.
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Haruhi Suzumiya (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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“As I looked at her from the side, I became newly aware of the softness of the curves of her face. Nagato said she was the "potential for evolution." According to Asahina, she was a "time warp." Koizumi treated her as "God." Then what about me? What did "Haruhi Suzumiya" mean to me?
Haruhi was Haruhi and nobody else. I wasn't going to use such overblown language to dodge the question. But I didn't happen to have a decisive answer. Isn't that natural? If someone points to the classmate sitting behind you and asks, "What is she to you?" How are you supposed to respond? ... No, sorry. Guess that's still dodging the question. Haruhi wasn't just a classmate to me. Of course, she also wasn't the "potential for evolution" or a "time warp," much less "God." She couldn't possibly be.”
“Just look at the Chinese characters used for the names of the days of the week. Color-wise, Monday (Moon) would be yellow. Tuesday (Fire) is red. Wednesday (Water) is blue. Thursday (Wood) is green. Friday (Gold) would be gold, Saturday (Earth) would be light brown. sunday (Sun) would be white.” 2 likes
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