The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

October 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

melancholyThe new high school year for Kyon will be anything but the same-old, same-old. On day one he meets Haruhi Suzumiya who is a force of nature to be reckoned with. She has no time for the ordinary; indeed, she tells him and everyone else that the only people she wants to talk to are time travelers, espers, and aliens. Kyon is none of the above and yet Suzumiya picks him to be her companion. Now, as far as the other three categories are concerned, she does, indeed, meet them and surround herself with all sorts of supra- normal mischief and mayhem. Suzumiya is noticed by outside forces. Her moods set off mass destruction in the world we know. Only through her alien crews’ intervention is the world safe, at least for now.

Suzumiya is unaware of her earth-shattering powers, but her human attributes are amazingly forceful by themselves. She and her cohorts form a club called the S.O.S. Brigade. Behind closed doors, Suzumiya forces Ryako, one of the members, to dress as a maid or a bunny to entice more membership. She sexually abuses Ryako through her fierce leadership style. Kyon is a hapless voyeur for most of the book, but he finally realizes that the world is in danger. Tanigawa includes a manga version of the book. This award-winning Japanese book travels well. Teen-age boys, especially, will enjoy the mixture of extra-worldly powers, catfights, voyeurism, and non-stop adventure.

Recommended.  Lily Hecker, Pelham.

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