Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now Reading: Granny Girl Hinata chan!

Okay I’ll add my nomination for the next poll or if one of the nominations gets taken down!!

花野井くんと恋の病 - A Condition Called Love


Hotaru Hinase is a first-year high school student who treasures her family and friends above all else. Unable to understand romance, she decides she will be content living without the experience of falling in love.

While Hotaru is spending time at a cafe with her close friend, she witnesses the relentless breakup of a handsome honor student, Hananoi. Encountering him sitting alone in the snow on her way home, she extends her umbrella to him in a gesture of kindness.

The very next day, Hananoi appears in Hotaru’s classroom, asking her to be his girlfriend. Despite being rejected, Hananoi sticks closely by Hotaru’s side, performing selfless acts in hopes of pleasing her. Hotaru begins to feel emotions she had never felt before. Believing that these emotions could blossom into love, Hotaru agrees to date Hananoi.


Amazon jp K
Amazon US

Personal Opinion

The manga is very slice of slice and has a lot of daily life activities/ food conversation, that I think are useful for a ABBC, the story is sweet and I really like the characters in the manga, not just the main characters. I really couldn’t stop reading this manga, it’s adorable.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Has furigana, shouldn’t be too difficult, natively link says it’s level 22.
  • There is a “voiced manga” video starting Chapter 2 I believe. (Ruri had this too and was very helpful)
  • It’s getting an anime adaptation next year, so it should be easier to purchase and find.
  • Has many volumes in case people really like it and want to continue the club later on.
Cute art!

  • We could all practice our lovey dovey Japanese skills :eyes:


  • Sometimes it is a little bit heavy on the text.
  • Maybe too corny.


First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Substantial effort
  • So much effort my head might explode :exploding_head:
  • I don’t know
  • I am an experienced reader, so this is not much effort for me

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