Kare First Love Book 1

This manga romance series is a Harlequin-like fairy tale for teenagers. The geeky Karin is considered ugly because she wears glasses. On her morning bus ride, the attractive and popular Kiriya notices her and wants to take her picture. Even though his friends tease him and insult her, he pursues her, even though she pushes him away out of fear.

Kare First Love Book 1 cover
Kare First Love Book 1
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Karin’s a confused young girl who always jumps to the wrong conclusion. If a boy shows interest in her, it must be to make fun of her. If a boy takes her to his house because she’s sick and passing out, it must be because he wants to take advantage of her. Given how badly her “friend” Yuka insults and mistreats her, her pessimism is sometimes warranted, but Yuka’s abuse is another case where if Karin would just say what she thought, things would improve greatly.

Kiriya is almost able to read her mind, which is convenient, since she never speaks for herself. He picks her over her more conventionally pretty friends. When she doesn’t have the right clothes, he buys them for her. He doesn’t fall for tricks designed to separate them. He gives her what she really wants, even if she doesn’t know yet she wants it. (This applies to physical contact as well.) He is, in short, the perfect dream boy, always magically doing the right thing, the type of character that only exists in female-oriented fiction.

There are plenty of monologue scenes where we learn what Karin thinks. Her worries and concerns are those shared by most teenagers: does he really like me? are they making fun of me? Although I could relate to Karin’s uncertainty, I would much rather have seen her, just once, speak up. If she did that, though, there’d be much less content for this series.

Younger teens will likely get the most out of this, since older people have the experience to better interpret the situations that confuse Karin. More mature readers may not have the patience for the frequent unnecessary miscommunications inserted to keep the story going. If the characters were only a bit more honest with each other, they’d be more three-dimensional, but that’s not the point of this type of romance story.


  1. i liked this book i thought it was very good. I loved the story and kaho miyasakas art . tho i felt that it took way too much from previous better shojo manga. specificly mars. either wya it was still a great read and i higly reccomend it to any shojo fan.

  2. I hate this book it makes me grazy

  3. i love this book it is the best book that i have ever seen thanks to kaho miyasaka.

  4. first love is in my mind.

  5. This series lasts 10 volumes and is worth reading every page. The drawings are beautiful and the story keeps you interested. I have about 5 series that I continue to re-read and this is one of them. All around a great read.

  6. i absolutey love these books .i could read them over and over . AND IN THE LAST BOOK THATS HOW I WANT MY BOYFRUEND TO ASK ME TO MARRY HIM.CAN YOU PLEASE WRUTE A SECULE.

  7. I LOVE this series I wish Kaho would make more of First Love series I dont have a boy friend so I really act and look like Karin with glasses. I get teased but now since i’ve read this series I’m starting to look nicer. I HOPE there will be more books about Kiriya. I think he is HOT!!!!!!!

  8. wow this book is like a repeating of all the other romantic books!..i think i know what will happen in the whole story!!! it was good, but its classic to me…

  9. omg any who says this book is crap is wrong!!!!!

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