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JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World

(JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  29 reviews
*record scratch*
*freeze frame on Haru Koyama getting choked by a horny naked dude*
Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got into this situation. Not by choice, I can tell you that! It started when my weirdo classmate, Chiba, tried to save me from a runaway truck and got us both killed instead. Idiot. Then we got transported to another world, which I g
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Published September 19th 2018 by J-Novel Club (first published December 6th 2017)
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Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm torn between a three and a four here, because while I'm not sure I really enjoyed the book, I really appreciate what it does. The story is essentially calling out basic isekai tales, specifically ones about nerdy boys who get summoned or reborn in another world. That would be Chiba, but the catch is that while he became powerful and was able to immediately take on quests as an adventurer, the girl who died with him, Haru, finds herself stranded in a medieval, misogynist hellhole. Because the ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-novel-club
I don't generally write reviews, but I felt it was necessary for this book as I suspect many will judge it by the title or the subject matter and pass it over. While the book won't be for everyone, I hope to convince you to give it a try. I have just one word of warning: if rape scenes trigger you, then you should probably not read JK Haru. But if you can get past that, I wholeheartedly recommend reading this book but for mature readers only.

Haru is a strong-willed female lead with great narrat
Anthony Giordano
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Japanese light novel genre is booming Stateside now. This is a great boon for fans of certain titles. Often, we will see recent anime being developed from light novel sources, where in the past, manga was usually the primary source. Depending on the popularity of said title, a manga adaptation might follow. This gives fans 3 venues through which they can enjoy/revisit beloved titles (light novel/manga/anime). Good times indeed.

One of the most popular sub-genres in the industry, i
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An utterly fascinating alternate perspective to the usual isekai nerdy male power fantasy. What happens when two people die and get transported to a typical fantasy world and one is a guy who gets overpowered abilities while the other is a girl who gets nothing and has to make ends meet selling her body in an inherently mysogynistic society?
Of course, due to the subject matter this book contains SO MUCH SEX so be forewarned, also trigger warnings abound. I enjoyed the twist 3/4 through the
Ishaan Puri
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
When you read this novel, you will realize the general writing style leaves one cold. It usually feels like I'm reading the script for a manga or anime, instead of a fully-developed novel. The whole story revolves around a woman being born into another world and has to deal with the sexist world as it pokes fun at the isekai genre that is targeted towards the male audience, that is all there is to the story! The novel is here because it likes to make fun of another genre. The book itself is like ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better At the End

This book has a huuuuuge TW for rape, CSA, torture, and other nastiness. I was conflicted between a 3 and 4, but went higher due to improvements near the end.

For some reason I thought this would be a more light-hearted take. It's very dark, definitely about survival sex work and sex trafficking.

The first half or so of the book I was really, really starting to think it was just torture porn. Haru almost seemed like an MRA caricature of what "popular girls" are like.

But a
El Melanómalo
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It's fine. I appreciate the concept and the criticism of the typical isekai world, but most of the book felt like torture porn, which is not really my thing, and the end just felt like a power fantasy, a feminist power fantasy (which is slightly refreshing in an isekai tale), but otherwise just a plain old power fantasy. As a result of this, even though I liked many things about the book, I didn't really have the greatest time reading it. I would recommend reading it just for the novelty, though ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In recent years we have seen a proliferation in Japanese light novels parodying the by now stereotypical ’transported to another world’ (isekai) story. We have seen titles such as Reborn as a Vending Machine, So I'm a Spider so What? and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Yet no one has taken the parody as far as Ko Hiratori with her dark comedy JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World. It offers a disturbing but also a completely original take on the sub-genre that has come to dominate th ...more
Tsunami Noai
Not bad, but not good either. Themes around women's rights and misogynistic society are brought up, but not really ever challenged. There are a few turns that are interesting that have no foreshadowing and the follow up to those turns leaves a lot to be desired. Its definitely a different flavor of light novel from the run of the mill isekais and that is appreciated, though more time could have been spent polishing it up to be more coherent and fleshed out.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a fan of the Light Novel style; too much of it is horny teenage boy wish fulfillment. However, JK Haru was a great twist on the tropes of isekai. I loved that Chiba, who would be the hero if this were a normal entry in the genre, is a selfish, oblivious jerk. I love that Haru keeps pretending to forget his name. I love Kiyori, and her development from a sheltered virgin to someone becoming aware of the misogyny around her.

The only reason this doesn't get full marks fr
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this light novel thinking it was rationalist fiction, but, unfortunately, it was pretty far from that. In fact, the novel is anti-rational, using the ages-old strawman jabs at the rational and the wise, and suffering from gaping plot holes. The book does take a fresh look at the genre, and there are some rationalist elements here and there.
The plot is thin, unexciting, and lighthearted. It doesn’t even wrap up well.
Character-building is probably the only thing the novel has go
Joey C.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be entirely honest, I am surprised about many things of this book.  Beginning with the fact that I read it AT ALL, and ending with having enjoyed it enough to feel compelled to write a review.  This isn't to my usual tastes.

To start, one needs to know that this book is a biting criticism of one of the most popular genres in Japanese entertainment today.  "Isekai."  At its most basic, Isekai is a genre in which an individual from our world ends up in another world.  This is usually
Jessica Cravens
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've been paying any attention at all to current trends in Anime, Manga, or Light Novels, you've surely noticed the boom of Isekai (transported to another world) fantasy stories. And if you're here, you're probably beyond tired of them taking up all the market space. Too many times does one (or more) loser boy get sent to an RPG-inspired world to become the OP messiah and get rewarded with a Harem for merely existing. Well, JK Haru is more than aware of this monotony and proceeds to take al ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novels
“Sometimes I really think men are dumb, and they are definitely at their dumbest when they’re having sex.”

This book certainly isn’t for everyone. In order to appreciate it, it’s necessary to be at least somewhat familiar with the popular “Isekai” (transported to another world) genre that’s very popular in anime, manga, and light novels. At the same time, I doubt this would appeal to those (typically male) fans of the genre who think it’s flawless since this book is a biting commentar
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was an eye-opener to the flaws both in the isekai trope as well as some parts of the world where women are treated as nothing more than objects to be used. its a very character-driven story and very descriptive in its imagery. very. descriptive. the characters are very fleshed out and i could picture some of them being real-life people that even i would enjoy hanging out with.

i would recommend this book to anyone else infatuated with isekai stories as a sort of "break" from
Khuê Minh
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read to me. The new perspective came from a normal school girl in Japan. You will have to understand that people who doesn't read manga or play games ever, only care about their social life and make up and life style would never adapt to these weird and unrealistic situation such as "isekai". As a character I feel that she is a true resemble of what a real life school girl is and some how through her point of view the author just mocked the heck out of the current Japan society and ...more
J. Doe
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first light novel.

This started OK for my tastes but slowly became miserable. The smut is...satisfactory, and I liked Haru for most of it. The other world is misogynistic and male-dominated—an element which the book is perhaps trying to deconstruct, but participates in it regardless. This isn't some isekai teardown.

There's no reason for me to recommend this.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A dark and difficult read at times, but still a necessary tearing down of the isekai genre and its projecting fans. Haru is a great protagonist and I'd honestly like to read about her dismantling the other world's patriarchy in full. However, there is an eye-watering amount of rape and assault in this book which is why one read-through of this story will remain more than enough for me.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is really good. it's also really depressing but ends sort of hopefully? obviously, given the title to the series, it's also full of sex but not erotic at all (see the depressing part earlier). pokes fun at certain tropes in isekai and is a very promising start to a series, but fair warning, you will have to kind of power through some really unpleasant scenes to get through.
Sarah Mahoney
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-light-novel
I enjoyed this as a juxtaposition to your everyday isekai novel. Instead of the story being one big male power trip, this focuses on a girl thrown into a misogynistic fantasy world and how she has to survive. This is definitely for mature audiences and if you are triggered by rape, I would maybe give this one a pass. But if you can deal with that, this is a very interesting read.
Gonzalo Lucena
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summary perfectly captures the spirit of this light novel, its fun, ranchy and sometimes serious ride that was enjoyable from beggining to end Its a great little concept with fun characters and situations that constantly makes fun of the isekai tropes while telling a good enough story on its own, its definetely NSFW but I recommend it for anyone looking for a different isekai to read
Mark Evans
It’s really a three and a half star read and really good... but the number of trigger warnings you’d want emblazoned all over this book are staggering. It really calls out the male fantasy tropes particularly endemic in this genre of Japanese fiction.
Ayoub AzouGarh
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ayoub AzouGarh
First 100 pages, I thought it was an erotica. It still is, but I was positively surprised by the ideas this book was trying to deliver.
I also liked how fresh it was to other Isekais.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sarcastic, indulgent light novel with a lot of porn, murder, and then more porn. It's exactly what it says on the tin.
Erika Fermin
4 stars
I want to start off this review by saying this book is very graphic. It does at times feel like an erotica. It also seems the act of rape is taken very lightly. However, all is explained at the end. This book was very unique in its plot structure and main characters inner monologue. I really hope there is a second book because there are many ways this series could go.
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