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Narration in Seventeen  
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Seyoung is an ordinary 17-year-old schoolgirl who plays mediocre roles in her school's drama club. Her real-life drama develops as she finds herself falling for her childhood friend Hyunwoo, who is drifting away from her and towards 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.


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Associated Names
17세의 나레이션
Narration of Love at 17

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4 Volumes (Complete)

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Narration in Seventeen by PrincessVera


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Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (62 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.11 / 10.0

Last Updated
September 16th 2021, 5:24am PST



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Rockin Korea [Add]

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No angst, just the flow  
by Strobe
October 8th, 2013, 10:55am
Rating: N/A
I just read it and loved it. It doesn't have all the drama, cliches and all. It's just a story about a normal girl going through a time - typical slice of life. I think many of the characters had some kind of depth and feeling. The pacing was perfect and you just flowed into the world. It was a nice experience, a sweet bitter slice of life. Recommended for those who like this genre.
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by Jeshia
June 27th, 2012, 3:24pm
Rating: 8.2 / 10.0
This is a very good slice-of-life manhwa. I think the reason it isn't read often is because it's a manhwa (of which most little else is scanlated except HMR) and the translation is not the best. Though I myself was not tempted to drop it upon reading the first chapter (which, thanks to the rocky translations, made little sense), I think many would be, especially if they are not used to the more mature slice-of-life genre, which is more philosophical and far less fluffy and the sister shoujo slice-of-life genre. However, despite this complaint about translation, I am really grateful to the translator despite her admittedly terrible English grammar. I can only read Japanese, not Korean.

Moving on the actual story, it's woven in such a way that makes the mood thoughtfully deep yet light. The main character, though others see her as immature (and she is at times, but she acknowledges it), is actually quite mature in her thoughts, which is very interesting when contrasted with the outward maturity of the characters of her best friend and sunbae (senpai). It's somewhat ironic how her motives are often more "mature" than the other mature characters, yet when she does make immature actions, she acknowledges them and finds herself at fault for the negative emotion. Overall, she's a very relateable character, and not annoying in the slightest. Her emotions are understandable, and in that, she becomes a likable character.

The two main side characters at the moment, her new closest friend and the sunbae are actually multi-dimensional like the main character, a fact which makes me incredibly pleased. They help bring a different perspective to the work, despite the reader not being able to hear their thoughts. Their humor alone makes his manhwa a definite read for me. Their interactions make this manhwa something I will re-read because they are not only humorous (though more mature in nature), but also insightful.

I don't think I could praise this manhwa more, because despite the shaky translation in many parts, the main messages and questions were still able to come across, and I found myself pleased and in a thoughtful mood similar to that of the main character.

Like PrincessVera, I would say the progression of events is natural, and quite characteristic of the josei slice-of-life manga. As far as romance goes, I'm fine with what the author has given me, and I don't think I'd particularly care who ends up with whom, if definite pairings even end up occurring. This manga is very true-to-life, and in that aspect, extra romance just to satisfy romantics would seem overdone and awkwardly cliche.

Overall, I'd say the character development/interaction in additional to the thoughts (of the main character) and dialogue are the best aspects of the manga. The paneling is not necessarily the best (it's actually kind of awkward), but the entire piece flows relatively well, so I think anybody who is a fan of the genre should try it.

Or really, anyone who doesn't mind a manga built all around the thoughts of one girl who is far more insightful than people give her credit for. Each progression is built around a flash of insight, which further emphasizes the fact that awareness is not immediate. The acting theme, I think, was relatively well done, despite the fact that many parts were difficult to understand because of the translation.

... Last updated on June 28th, 2012, 10:07am
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by iheartramen
June 4th, 2012, 3:06pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Makes you really think about a lot of things that most people don't think about when looking at ordinary daily life. Very philosophical. Not much drama and a realistic high school slice of life. 10/10
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Complexities of Life  
by mecopoly
June 22nd, 2011, 5:36pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I like how this series shows the various types of relationship one can have. The ending is very open-ended but it fits the story nicely. Basically its a fairly realistic scene from high school life about love and friendship. The story moves slowly but it did not bore me.

I rated this series an 8/10, deducting points for art and translation issues. I think if the translation I read was better it would have been more like a 9.
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Gotta think about it more  
by Jenangelx3
February 22nd, 2010, 8:47pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
First off, this isn't a manwha with loads of tasteless drama. It's very realistic. If you're looking for something with an insane plot, ignore this. But this manwha really makes you think about certain situations. I like the characters. I can relate to the girl really well. She isn't your average shoujo idiot, she's like a real girl in real life.
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Good slice of life series  
by carlemb
June 13th, 2009, 5:59pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Yeah, this series was great. If you're looking for melodrama this is probably not for you, this series is quite realistic and thoughtful, which was why I really liked it. The main character Seyoung, I thought was very likeable, and you could empathise with the problems she was facing.

Oddly enough, this series reminds me a little of Skip Beat what with the acting and having a slightly older but mature guy taking an interest in the main character.
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Very good  
by PrincessVera
July 13th, 2008, 2:57pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I'm surprised this series isn't read more. I enjoyed it a lot, particularly the slow and leisurely pacing that may bother some people. The main character develops and changes throughout the series; the character relationships form and change in ways that are both surprising to the reader, yet somehow very natural. Highly recommended.
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