“Maybe the reason I’d been so bad at dealing with people in person, had been how hard I was always trying to make them like me.”
I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this – but I was. Damn. Don’t been fooled by the comical artwork.
This book delves deep into the psyche of a woman struggling with an inner battle with depression, self-depreciation, and her sexuality.
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an autobiographic comic about a woman who was struggling with a lot of things in her life: getting a stable job, developing relationships, approval from her parents, eating, and self-harm.
Anyways, let’s get back to the review.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS:
– An autobiography made into art
– Struggles with depression
– Eating disorder
– Lesbian action (not too graphic though, sorry to burst your bubble)
MEET THE CHARACTERS:
Kabi Nagata – the author, illustrator, and main character of the story
WHAT I LIKED:
1. I liked the honesty of the narration. As someone who has been struggling with anxiety and depression myself, I found this really relatable at some points. It was honest and doesn’t fuck around with the truth.
2. The illustrations doesn’t mirror the gravity of the topic. Reading about something involving depression is not an easy thing to read about. However, this manga did a great job making the illustrations lighter than what the story is really about.
3. That title is super catchy. I mean, come on, just look at it. Haha.
4. Girl on girl action! Yeah baby! Haha. JK. I liked how subtle the art was on these scenes. Don’t expect genitalias, okay? LOL.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
1. I’m not a lesbian nor did I have any experience doubting my sexuality so I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert. But while I was reading this, I didn’t feel like I connected too much with the character when I was reading this part of the story. It didn’t make much sense to me as much as I would like it to. This could have been a great avenue for either straight people or not to understand what it is like to be in their shoes.
I really enjoyed reading this and would highly recommend it for those who want to read something that deals with mental illness and struggle with sexuality.
PS: I read comic books and graphic novels, not much manga. So, if you are planning to read this, remember to read each frames from right to left. Don’t make the stupid mistake I did. Haha.