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Middle schoolers Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are mature beyond their years, perfect model students admired from afar by classmates and teachers alike. But when school's out, these two childhood friends can let loose as average fourteen-year-olds, fresh in the throes of puberty, adolescence... and the persistent, bittersweet pangs of first love. Middle schoolers Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are mature beyond their years, perfect model students admired from afar by classmates and teachers alike. But when school's out, these two childhood friends can let loose as average fourteen-year-olds, fresh in the throes of puberty, adolescence... and the persistent, bittersweet pangs of first love.


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Middle schoolers Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are mature beyond their years, perfect model students admired from afar by classmates and teachers alike. But when school's out, these two childhood friends can let loose as average fourteen-year-olds, fresh in the throes of puberty, adolescence... and the persistent, bittersweet pangs of first love. Middle schoolers Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are mature beyond their years, perfect model students admired from afar by classmates and teachers alike. But when school's out, these two childhood friends can let loose as average fourteen-year-olds, fresh in the throes of puberty, adolescence... and the persistent, bittersweet pangs of first love.

30 review for Love at Fourteen, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    Ah, this is a Josei. This explains the lack of manufactured drama, romantic or otherwise. So where to start with this book? This manga is a look back at first love through rose-colored glasses. No drama. No "does he, doesn't he?" Just sweet, fluffy, rose-colored glasses. This is the story of Tanaka and Kazuki. They like each other. They hang out. They're sort of going out. Their school personas get in the way of them being all lovey dovey in class. So far, the story is tooth achingly sweet and adora Ah, this is a Josei. This explains the lack of manufactured drama, romantic or otherwise. So where to start with this book? This manga is a look back at first love through rose-colored glasses. No drama. No "does he, doesn't he?" Just sweet, fluffy, rose-colored glasses. This is the story of Tanaka and Kazuki. They like each other. They hang out. They're sort of going out. Their school personas get in the way of them being all lovey dovey in class. So far, the story is tooth achingly sweet and adorable. There's not much else too it. I don't think I can even call it a "rom com." It's not even all that "romantic" in the same way that shoujo or other josei I've read are. Like I said, it's like someone looking back at their first love with those rose-colored glasses. If you want a light read that will make you smile, I highly recommend this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    Sweet little manga about two model students, Tanaka and Yoshikawa. They’ve been close friends, but this school year, they realize they’re… noticing each other. A lot. For much of the they’re pretending they don’t like each other in public (for reasons I don’t completely understand) while sharing sweet and slightly awkward moments in empty classrooms or away from school. The combination of big arcs with intermissions and mini-comics was fun. The art isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s fin Sweet little manga about two model students, Tanaka and Yoshikawa. They’ve been close friends, but this school year, they realize they’re… noticing each other. A lot. For much of the they’re pretending they don’t like each other in public (for reasons I don’t completely understand) while sharing sweet and slightly awkward moments in empty classrooms or away from school. The combination of big arcs with intermissions and mini-comics was fun. The art isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s fine. The chatter from their classmates in the background of many scenes is often amusing. And I just wanted to pat both of the main characters on their heads and give them cupcakes because they’re just so freakin’ cute. My husband warned me that some weird stuff goes on in future volumes, though, so we shall see what that’s all about.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a really cute start to the series! I will warn you, this has a much slower pace than most romance manga and we're not dealing with anything crazy or convoluted. Just two 14 year olds in love. The only drama/conflict is that their classmates think they're "mature" and thus they can't make their relationship public. Which, I have to say, I really enjoy. I don't think every romance has to have a gripping story filled to the bring with drama and theatrics. Just give me two teenagers trying This was a really cute start to the series! I will warn you, this has a much slower pace than most romance manga and we're not dealing with anything crazy or convoluted. Just two 14 year olds in love. The only drama/conflict is that their classmates think they're "mature" and thus they can't make their relationship public. Which, I have to say, I really enjoy. I don't think every romance has to have a gripping story filled to the bring with drama and theatrics. Just give me two teenagers trying to navigate middle school and a relationship and I'll be content. This was a good introductory volume to the series and I am curious to read more. If you're looking for a relaxing, endearing, and sweet romance, I recommend trying this out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elspeth

    More like 1.5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    MC

    Love at Fourteen was a fun story, but not exactly thrilling. It keeps your interest, but the difference between the main protagonists and almost everyone else is too much to believe or take seriously. This will be discussed more in detail. The tale is about two students, Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa, who are in middle-school and are revered by the other students for their air of maturity, good grades, and so forth. They are, in fact, unbeknownst to most folks, childhood friends who hide the Love at Fourteen was a fun story, but not exactly thrilling. It keeps your interest, but the difference between the main protagonists and almost everyone else is too much to believe or take seriously. This will be discussed more in detail. The tale is about two students, Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa, who are in middle-school and are revered by the other students for their air of maturity, good grades, and so forth. They are, in fact, unbeknownst to most folks, childhood friends who hide their friendship due to the discomfort that the already too much attention they get separately from others. This becomes harder once they start to develop strong romantic feelings for each other, and share their first kiss. Suddenly, they are trying their hardest to explore these feelings and at the same time hide their new relationship from others. The story is engaging and fun to read. The sweetness of their love for each other and exploration thereof is really wonderful to witness. But the way it is presented in the illustrations and actions of the students is both a pro and a con. The pro is that they are written as very much older acting and more mature looking to make the point of why they stand out. Only one other student does so too, as he is kinda having problems with the two leads. The con is the same part though. You see, the behavior of Tanaka and Yoshikawa is so much more sophisticated, and their looks so much older, that it is somewhat ridiculous. It gets to the point where the two of them, and their friend look like adults and the others (mostly) like little kids compared to them. While this differentiation makes them look different and helps them, it also makes everyone else look ridiculous by comparison, and that was hard to take seriously. Overall, a fun story, if problematic in the above regard.

  6. 4 out of 5

    S.N. Arly

    This is a sweet story. The drama is minor and realistic, not the fabricated stuff that can show up in books geared to teens. There are a few spots where it's hard to follow what's happening (both the logic/reasoning and the book structure). It's sometimes hard to tell Kazuki from his dark haired classmates - there's not a lot of distinguishing features or different hairstyles. The Nagai plotline baffled me. This is a sweet story. The drama is minor and realistic, not the fabricated stuff that can show up in books geared to teens. There are a few spots where it's hard to follow what's happening (both the logic/reasoning and the book structure). It's sometimes hard to tell Kazuki from his dark haired classmates - there's not a lot of distinguishing features or different hairstyles. The Nagai plotline baffled me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dilushani Jayalath

    Well the book is rather cute. In an overall factor it is not that gripping but not bad either.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Delilah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book, Love at Fourteen, tells about two middle schoolers, Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa, that are experiencing love at just fourteen. As they enter school again and see the changes, physically and mentally, that all their friends and them have made over the summer, both Kanata and Kazuki can see that they are ahead of everyone else. Kanata and Kazuki are smart, good students, and admired by their fellow peers. As the school year progresses they start to notice each other and start to ta The book, Love at Fourteen, tells about two middle schoolers, Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa, that are experiencing love at just fourteen. As they enter school again and see the changes, physically and mentally, that all their friends and them have made over the summer, both Kanata and Kazuki can see that they are ahead of everyone else. Kanata and Kazuki are smart, good students, and admired by their fellow peers. As the school year progresses they start to notice each other and start to talk. After a few times spent together they soon fall in love. Even though they are just entering adolescents, they both are experiencing strong emotions and learn to deal with them. I really enjoyed the setting and description that the author set out for these main characters. I also liked that the book showed their beginnings of adolescents. This gives you a good grasp on the book because you can relate. While I did enjoy the pace this book moved at, I didn't enjoy how suddenly it ended. I didn't like to stop, I feel like there could have been more to this book. Overall, I think that this book was good and I enjoyed it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and likes something that they can relate to from once in their life. If you enjoy suspense I also recommend this book to you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hisgirl85

    4 stars. Cute

  10. 5 out of 5

    Farhin

    4.5 Love at Fourteen is bigger than other mangas and has a few more coloured pages than the others which is completely new to me and trust me it did not go unappreciated. This is the first installment to a very sweet, yet unconventional story. Our main characters are low-key "mature" students being cool, calm and collected in their school environment. Outside of school however they're just like any other fourteen year old that likes to mess around and play silly games. Kanata and Kazuki (the n 4.5 Love at Fourteen is bigger than other mangas and has a few more coloured pages than the others which is completely new to me and trust me it did not go unappreciated. This is the first installment to a very sweet, yet unconventional story. Our main characters are low-key "mature" students being cool, calm and collected in their school environment. Outside of school however they're just like any other fourteen year old that likes to mess around and play silly games. Kanata and Kazuki (the names had me befuddled many a times) feel the need to hide this childish-ness for fear of what their classmates would say. This lasts about a chapter until their labels start to shape them. They do indeed become what people say without realising it but instead of questioning their personas they dive in to their new discoveries and accept the feelings they have for each other. Ensue a shy couple that truly like each other and we have the cutest scenes in this volume. We also meet Nagai Kun and there seems to be a hint at a student-teacher relationship between this creepy-looking boy and their music teacher. I'm not sure what to make of this but I look forward to finding out more in the future volumes. Overall, a good start; an easy and very cute read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5, rounded down I think other reviews I'd read in various places got my hopes up a little high. Love At Fourteen is cute and an enjoyable read, but didn't quite reach the hype I'd seen for it. What I don't fully understand is why Kanata abd Kazuki don't want to be seen together. The manga repeats over and over how mature they are, and it's shown over and over how their classmates admire them. I can assume it's because they don't want any rumors about their relationship being spread, but this isn 3.5, rounded down I think other reviews I'd read in various places got my hopes up a little high. Love At Fourteen is cute and an enjoyable read, but didn't quite reach the hype I'd seen for it. What I don't fully understand is why Kanata abd Kazuki don't want to be seen together. The manga repeats over and over how mature they are, and it's shown over and over how their classmates admire them. I can assume it's because they don't want any rumors about their relationship being spread, but this isn't addressed (yet, at least). I'm also confused by what exactly their relationship is. The way it's depicted it looks like their feelings are requited--there's a kiss in a classroom when they're alone, they get matching ankle-bracelets they hide under their socks, and Kazuki kisses the back of her neck once too. Yet they're not referred to as a couple anywhere--the blurb on the back and other descriptions just call them "childhood friends", and I don't recall seeing any mention of them being a couple in any of the text. I just assumed the manga started off with them together. I was also a little thrown off by the brief side bit with Nagai and the music teacher. The art is nice, but nothing particularly stands out about it. I'll probably continue reading this series, since it's a good palette-cleanser from heavier series

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judyth (Geeky Reading)

    ~4/5 I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I started this—mainly how mature it would be, or how cute it would be. I was sure it would be good, though, and it was. Kanata and Kazuki are mature for their age, and they put on a more conservative and serene air when at school with their classmates. When together, they’re themselves, more goofy and relaxed. And slowly falling for each other. This makes it increasingly hard for them to figure out how to act, having the two worlds intersect, mixing things ~4/5 I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I started this—mainly how mature it would be, or how cute it would be. I was sure it would be good, though, and it was. Kanata and Kazuki are mature for their age, and they put on a more conservative and serene air when at school with their classmates. When together, they’re themselves, more goofy and relaxed. And slowly falling for each other. This makes it increasingly hard for them to figure out how to act, having the two worlds intersect, mixing things up in their heads. There’s a lot of cute scenes here, how they don’t react in class, but then comment later together. Like when Kanata’s hair is done during class, and later Kazuki gives her a surprise kiss on the neck before fleeing. Or during art class, when Kazuki volunteers Kanata to model so she won’t have to draw, only to blush as he realizes he has to then draw and stare at her. We also meet a classmate who catches them, and teases and blankmails Kazuki, only for the tables to later be turned on him. This is a very cute, pretty vanilla volume. It was charming and subtle and thoughtful. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to the next one. [Read more at my blog, Geeky Reading!]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is one of the most adorable manga series that I've ever read. This is one of the most adorable manga series that I've ever read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah ~Sehrenity~

    So sweet and cute, I can't stand it!! Loved every page. So sweet and cute, I can't stand it!! Loved every page.

  15. 4 out of 5

    lauren ♡

    I found this at my library. It was a bit slow and hard to follow at times. There are a few issues I had, but overall it was a cute little contemporary.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Review for volumes 1-3: Cute, weird and different art style kinda reminds me of Yotsuba or some other older manga. Definitely good for younger readers as even kissing is implied/off panel/obscured. Sweet story with main characters who act mature at school and now have reputations as mature, good students, etc - but they're tired of it and want to goof off and act their age sometimes, too - plus romantic tension. It kept being cute through the volumes I read. Pretty good and entertaining, not all Review for volumes 1-3: Cute, weird and different art style kinda reminds me of Yotsuba or some other older manga. Definitely good for younger readers as even kissing is implied/off panel/obscured. Sweet story with main characters who act mature at school and now have reputations as mature, good students, etc - but they're tired of it and want to goof off and act their age sometimes, too - plus romantic tension. It kept being cute through the volumes I read. Pretty good and entertaining, not all that memorable but still unique enough. Well done and very innocent. It's very realistic and the characters act very true to their age. This series leans younger than most of the shojo manga I read. Volumes 2 and 3 introduced and then delved into a male student - female teacher relationship that was a bit uncomfortable. It was creepy but treated as quirky or silly - it wouldn't be that way I think if the genders were reversed. It stayed fairly innocent though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Wow, wow, wow! This series is so good and so cute!! It seems to perfectly capture highschool romance. It reminds me a lot of Kare Kano because it's a highschool romance between two model students who don't act like model students out of school. The difference here is they acknowledge that who they pretend to be might be who they actually, which was a nice change. I think the high school elements are really well done and authentic, they reminded me a lot of my own highschool romance! I think the Wow, wow, wow! This series is so good and so cute!! It seems to perfectly capture highschool romance. It reminds me a lot of Kare Kano because it's a highschool romance between two model students who don't act like model students out of school. The difference here is they acknowledge that who they pretend to be might be who they actually, which was a nice change. I think the high school elements are really well done and authentic, they reminded me a lot of my own highschool romance! I think the only thing that is keeping me from giving this 5 stars is that there isn't enough back story for the characters, but that might be just my own preference, because it's not really a heart-wrenching, emotional, detailed roamance, it's a light, sweet, highschool romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    My daughter wanted to read this and so I, being the responsible, mature adult that I am, took one for the team. Sure, I read manga all the time, have done since I was a kid and never really saw the need to give it up, but...this was definitely not for me. This was to make sure that it was age appropriate. Yep. That little disclaimer being said, I really didn't like this. It was sloggy, kind of hard to get into, and didn't really have any plot. It was more like two kids falling in love over little My daughter wanted to read this and so I, being the responsible, mature adult that I am, took one for the team. Sure, I read manga all the time, have done since I was a kid and never really saw the need to give it up, but...this was definitely not for me. This was to make sure that it was age appropriate. Yep. That little disclaimer being said, I really didn't like this. It was sloggy, kind of hard to get into, and didn't really have any plot. It was more like two kids falling in love over little instances - some of which were admittedly cute - but really that's kind of it. It was, I think, age appropriate for my daughter, but not for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Courtney

    It was alright. I found this book yesterday in the store, I had wanted to read it before when I saw it a few weeks ago. Its quite cute. I read it quite quickly while waiting for my hair to colour, it was a pleasant read. Not sure if I will be continuing the series though, since each book is around 11 pounds, and I had read it within half an hour, whereas I usually prefer books that take me weeks to read and cost only around 8 pounds. Story = 6/10 characters = 5/10 Overall, its a light read, but th It was alright. I found this book yesterday in the store, I had wanted to read it before when I saw it a few weeks ago. Its quite cute. I read it quite quickly while waiting for my hair to colour, it was a pleasant read. Not sure if I will be continuing the series though, since each book is around 11 pounds, and I had read it within half an hour, whereas I usually prefer books that take me weeks to read and cost only around 8 pounds. Story = 6/10 characters = 5/10 Overall, its a light read, but the cost of each book is too expensive.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kiana Reid

    This is a really cute little story that had me grinning for the characters a number of times. The art was well done, my only complaint was there were a few moments I was confused where the conversation was going (was there something I missed?) or the scene would jump somewhere entirely knew from one page to another. Of course this may have to do with my flying through the pages and this being my first comic with "Intermissions" between chapters. But, all and all, I'm looking forward to continuin This is a really cute little story that had me grinning for the characters a number of times. The art was well done, my only complaint was there were a few moments I was confused where the conversation was going (was there something I missed?) or the scene would jump somewhere entirely knew from one page to another. Of course this may have to do with my flying through the pages and this being my first comic with "Intermissions" between chapters. But, all and all, I'm looking forward to continuing the story in the next volume. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Peters

    It is a cute manga that reads very quickly. Two students who are trying to keep their relationship secret. They are also just learning how to love, so in a lot of ways it is a sweet, cute manga which will take older readers back to their youth. Something tells me things will get more mature and dramatic as more books are put out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chloé

    Actual Rating: 5 Stars!! The cover of this manga instantly attracted me. It seemed innocent, sweet, and like a slice-of-life story, which is exactly what this is. I loved it. A lot. I really want to find the other volumes and continue on with the series. I already found myself falling in love with these sweet, precious characters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sumayo

    i’m very confused by the pacing of the story. the relationship between the main couple progressed so quickly that it felt slightly disorienting and it seems like there are just...so many gaps within the story. there’s not really any real conflict other than their school mates finding out theses 14 year olds may not be as mature as they made themselves out to be.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Cute and enjoyable. Though I'm not too sure why they are considered so mature by their classmates. Or why they feel like they have to hide the fact that they are dating. Maybe it'll be explained in the next volume. Cute and enjoyable. Though I'm not too sure why they are considered so mature by their classmates. Or why they feel like they have to hide the fact that they are dating. Maybe it'll be explained in the next volume.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda B.V.

    Read this for the buzzword readathon. I have had this series for a long time and finally brought myself to read it. This is incredibly cute and i love the two main characters! To think it took me this long to read something I enjoyed so much and that had me laughing out loud at certain parts.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deeny Banton

    Such a cute and beautiful story about adolescent minds and how they change with each encounter . so good a breath of fresh air . I loved it the story the characters minds and how they acted so good I loved it soooo much so cute .!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Aolani Salisbury

    A great book about the wonders of first love between two characters who act mature on the outside but are wild on the inside.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cixllera

    I found it boring. Nothing happens much during the entire book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katheryn

    Cute but not standout.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kareena

    Cute, not my favorite so far, but fun side characters.

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