Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Manga Review: Narration of Love at 17 by Kyungok Kang

Rating (Out of 5): ~2.5
Publisher: Netcomics
Release Date: 2006
Volumes: 4.
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seyoung is an ordinary 17-year-old schoolgirl who plays mediocre roles in her school's drama productions. Her real-life drama develops as she finds herself falling for her childhood playmate Hyunwoo, who he is drifting away from her and toward a TV star schoolmate named Hyemi. When Seyoung works up the nerve to profess her feelings to Hyunwoo, he thinks she is merely working on her acting Seyoung lives out her youth as if the entire world is a stage, but as she basks in the bright lights of innocence she seeks someone in the audience to recognize the light within her. Written by Korea's eminent writer Kyungok Kang, Narration of Love at 17 is a classic that will take you for a ride back to reliving your first love.


This series starts off very slow, and it was so hard to keep reading. Story and time skips forward and it was hard to follow, there wasn’t enough development to make me care, it was boring, nor particularly nice to look at (the covers are prettier than the inside).
By the second half of the third volume, and then into this one, it was easier. Easier to follow the characters and who they were and what they wanted. It was feeling more fluid and not so jerky. By the end of the series, I was okay with it. It was easier to read, but I still didn’t particularly care about the characters. I did like the Captain, and I liked that Seyoung and Hyunjung were real friends and that they truly cared about each other. But otherwise I didn’t care about Seyoung much, nor did I feel her lasting cruch on Yunho or her envy toward the other girls.
Then the ending, which is so open and just kind of ends at a point. I’m mostly just disappointed with this series, and glad to be done with it.

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