High School genres are always a fun to read. They are simple, relatable and easy to understand. The plot is also not too intensive such that it requires constant attention from the readers to complete it at one go. It's a leisure genre designed for those that want to let loose, relax and have fun. So if you are a carefree individual or just someone that wants something to pass time, we have came up with a list of the top 10 Light Novels out there!
- Author: Mamiya, Natsuki
- Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance, School
- Volumes: 1
- Published Date: Sep 10, 2010
Nonomiya is a cynical boy. He spends his days in boredom and melancholy. Little does Nonomiya know, his life was about to change upon the discovery of Youko Tsukimori's notebook one fine day. The title was Murder Recipe. It was just as unimpressive as the book itself. He confronted her the next day but she claimed not to have lost anything. What should have been a forgotten encounter instead turned into a series of unspeakable events starting from the untimely death of Youko's father. Just what is this air of mystery that surrounds the beauty Youko?
The high school genre is usually successful as a standalone genre. Hence, to introduce a new level could prove to be risky; one that could possibly disrupt the carefree flow to the high school genre. However, what Gekkou did was to introduce the element of mystery. By engaging the curiosity of the readers, shockingly, it was a complementary addition to the storyline. Despite going against the natural flow of the high school genre, the additional genre emphasises on the tranquillity of the genre amidst the uncertainty of events around. It goes without saying that this novel pairing made Gekkou a huge success, ranking high on the list of light novels.
9. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba sugiru
- Author: Yuuji, Yuuji
- Genre: School, Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 13
- Published Date: Feb 15, 2011 - present
Eita Kidou grew up in the home of divorced parents. Due to their infidelities, Eita grew up feeling sceptical of love. Devoting his life to his studies, Eita strives to be a doctor one day. On the other hand, Masuzu Natsukawa is a highly sought after candidate for romance. Tired of her numerous suitors, she asks the apathetic Eita to be her boyfriend. Coerced into this false relationship, he now tackles the problems that come with it to his chagrin.
OreShura is just your typical high school romance setting. One of the best combinations out there would have to be the high school genre and romance. Both genres go well side by side with the high school setting providing a suitable environment for romance to blossom. Oreshura borders just on the comedy side of romance, meaning to say that you can expect a fun and a light hearted story of the daily lives of the characters in OreShura. Easy to read and very much fun, we definitely recommend giving OreShura a try!
8. Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria
- Author: Mikage, Eiji
- Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama, School, Thriller
- Volumes: 7
- Published Date: Jan 10, 2009 - Jun 10, 2015
Kazuki Hoshino is a boy that simply cherishes his everyday life. However, Hoshino's life was about to be changed upon the arrival of Aya Otonashi. Her first words to him are almost as mysterious as her arrival. "This is my 13,118th transfer. I'm here to break you". The ordinary days will soon turn into that of confusion and disorder. Perhaps there is merit to a boring and uneventful life after all...
Utsuro offers a taste into two different genres but at the same time maintains the standards of both. On one end of the spectrum, you have the high school genre in which daily conversations happen and on the other, the mystery genre, known to be very compelling and addictive to read. The novel switches back and forth these two genres so if you happen to get bored of the leisure pace of the high school genre, you definitely won't feel bored with the element of mystery. Utsuro is a novel that offers a sample of both worlds, brought out in the best light possible.
7. Seitokai no Ichizon
- Author: Aoi, Sekina
- Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, School, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 10
- Published Date: Jan 19, 2008 - Jan 20, 2012
The electoral process of Hekiyou Academy is indeed strange. Only those with the popular vote are chosen to serve the student council. Naturally, the council is filled with cute girls. Ken Sugisaki is the only exception to this rule. He only managed to get in by scoring the highest in the school. Now, he is a part of this exclusive council but finds out that things did not go the way that he had expected.
From parodies of otaku culture to cute girls to high school conversations, Seitokai has it all! Seitokai best exemplifies one aspect of high school genre. That is making mundane topics and everyday conversation interesting. No doubt we probably would have engaged in the same kind of conversation between our own friends. Yet however, the novel still compels us to read further and relish in its comedic value. Its simplicity is akin to a 4-koma manga and as such, could be said to be a 4-koma manga in novel form. Try it out today to see what we mean!
6. Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta
- Author: Kineko, Shibai
- Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School
- Volumes: 13
- Published Date: July 2013 - present
Hideki Nishimura has devoted his time to the world of online games. He was shot down one day, however, when the girl he proposed to turns out to be actually a guy. Due to this event, Hideki never trusted another female game character again. Today, he is part of a guild of all females. Little did he realise, they all attended the same school as Hideki. A more shocking revelation, they are actually all females. One of them is even deeply in love with him and on their first offline meeting, he finds out that females do indeed exist in the world of online games.
And you thought girls don't exist in online games. That's highly relatable to us since everyone is hidden behind the veil of the net. Sometimes, female gamers do exist and are much more common than we think. This high school light novel intertwines the online game world and the high school world. The two preferred settings of otakus in one series? Now that is something worth reading.
5. Koten-bu Series
- Author: Yonezawa, Honobu
- Genre: Adventure, Mystery, School
- Volumes: 10
- Published Date: March 2012 - present
“To not waste energy doing active chores,” That is the motto Oreki Houtarou lives by. He prefers to spend his days in solitude and peace. Persuaded to join the Classics Club by his older sister, he meets one Chitanda Eru. This highly inquisitive girl made him realise the deep history that runs in the Classics Club and just how interesting life can be...
Koten-bu combines the elements of mystery and high school life. The end product? An unsophisticated mystery series that focuses more on the simple mysteries in life. The mystery element in this series has been boiled down to fundamentals of mysteries. What it provides for is a day of light reading and contentment. This series is perfect if you are looking for something easy to absorb yet at the same time provide enjoyment!
4. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
- Author: Watari, Wataru
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, School
- Volumes: 11
- Published Date: March 23, 2011 - present
Hachiman Hikigaya is a loner in high school. Believing youth to only be a facade, he denies the popular high school life trope. Hoping to improve his perception, his teacher made him join the Volunteer Club. Yukino Yukinoshita, the only member of the club, welcomed him almost unwillingly. There he assists Yukino in assisting others with his own unique brand of problem resolution. He will soon learn however that his lonesome methods may not necessarily produce the appropriate effect despite having the best outcome. Sometimes, the logical way is not the best way.
On the darker side of the high school society, we have Yahari. Yahari reminds us that not everyone had a blissful high school past. One thing unique about this series is that it is told from the perspective of a social outcast. Alongside his situation are his thoughts. So for those who are interested in how that loner in your class felt, this is a good series to pick up. Even amidst the dull and tedious life of school, everyone is entitled to their opinion after all.
3. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
- Author: Hirasaka, Yomi
- Genre: Comedy, School, Romance
- Volumes: 11
- Published Date: Aug 25, 2009 - Aug 26, 2015
Transferring into a new school is never easy. Hasegawa Kodaka realised tahat the moment he stepped foot into his new school. It doesn't help that he possess the physical traits of a delinquent with his blonde hair. One day, he chanced upon his classmate Yozora seemingly engaging in a conversation with someone. Turns out, she was merely talking to herself. Realising that she was in the same predicament as him, a high school life without any friends. Taking matters into their own hands, they formed their club called the Neighbour's Club. Thus begins a story of a bunch of social misfits getting together...
Getting together, having fun, talking with each other amongst other activities. Haganai brings back a lot of memories from when we were still schooling. If you're still in school, then it portrays just about how a typical day after school would be like. Even if you are in school, this light novel series will make you recollect upon the day's events, looking back at those fun times. Truly representative of the high school genre, Haganai is an unembellished depiction of school life.
- Author: Takemiya, Yuyuko
- Genre: Comedy, School, Romance, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 10
- Published Date: Mar 10, 2006 - Mar 10, 2009
Ryuuji Takasu does not get along well in school. With his sanpaku eyes and shady appearance, it is no wonder not a single person dared to talk to him. Meanwhile, Aisaka Taiga is a diminutive girl with a feisty personality. Between the both of them, they each have a crush on their respective friends. With a common intention, both set out to fulfil their desire to get together with their crushes. Along the way, however, they soon realised that they cared more for each other after being together for so long. Will the both of them realise it in time before it is too late?
As mentioned, the high school genre mixes in well with the romance genre. There is nothing more sweet and easy than romance amongst the springs of youth. ToraDora tells the simple story of a developing love interest and culminates in an emotional conclusion. A simple tale but one that is deep and long-lasting, portraying the straightforwardness of the high school genre! ToraDora is a staple in the light novel world and the benchmark for the rom-com genre as well!
1. Suzumiya Haruhi
- Author: Tanigawa, Nagaru
- Genre: Comedy, Drama, School
- Volumes: 11
- Published Date: Jun 6, 2003 - present
Kyon is an average boy in just about your average school. While sitting in class one day, he heard the speech of one Haruhi Suzumiya. Her debut can be called anything but ordinary. In a strange twist of fate, he was coerced into joining a school club with her. Known as the SOS Brigade, the intentions of the club was to discover anything paranormal. Aided by Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi, the SOS Brigade embarked upon the whims of their eccentric leader who is none other than Haruhi herself!
What happens when school life gets too boring? The misadventures of Haruhi will answer that very question. School can be a tad mundane at times. With a little creativity and imagination, even the dull setting of school can be transfigured into something more exciting. This series shows you just how the world of school can be interesting by engaging in numerous insane adventures. To date, the Suzumiya series remain as a hot topic in the otaku world and it is not hard to see the reason why!
So that's our take on some the best high school life novels on the market today? Have you personally read any one of them? Were they up to your expectations? Most importantly, did you have fun reading them? What is it about High School Light Novels that appeal to you the most?
Is it the simplicity, the ease of reading or the captivating storylines? Leave us a comment at the bottom and we will see you next time!
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