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 unapproachable, disturbingly eccentric young lady. Yet she ends up befriending a few people, starting with the one person who wasn’t scared off by her blunt personality. This leads to the formation of an odd club. The members of the club are all very unique individuals with comical characteristics. They aren’t what they seem at first.
The chemistry and interaction between all of the characters is fluid and natural. The humorous moments, especially from the first person perspective of our male protagonist, is sardonic and skeptical, at times even shrewd. The plot has so many unexpected elements that it kept me thoroughly interested the entire time I read it.
I enjoyed this light novel very much and am greatly looking forward to reading the next installment. If you’ve seen the anime, I recommend you read the novels. I have heard from friends who’ve experienced both that the written version of the series is much easier to take in and understand than the show was. If you’re looking for a light reading treat that isn’t heavy or serious, but equal parts witty and engaging, I’d totally check this out!