Title: My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness
Author: Nagata Kabi
Genre: LGBT Manga
Published: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Seven Seas
Total Pages: 152 pages
Topics Include: Depression, Sex, Finding Yourself, Mental Illness, Suicide, LGBT topics.
Amazon Synopsis: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman’s exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist’s burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers.
Nagata Kabi is someone that I was recommended from a few friends on Goodreads. The title My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness automatically captured my attention then once I read the plot of a young woman exploring her sexuality but also finding herself while dealing with mental illness is a story I wanted to read about. The experiences that Kabi went through while understanding more of who she is was written in a detailed manga for a reader to devour.
My favorite line:
“Maybe the times I couldn't move were the times I needed to take better care of myself.”
My Lesbian Experience by Nagata Kabi is the first book in a series of mangas written by the author in a first person narrative. The storyline is about a young woman that trying to find herself mentally, emotionally and sexually. She is understanding that she is different from others but for many reasons. The book speaks on everyday topics such as fitting in, examining what you want from life but also going deeper and honest into discussing sexuality, why we are the way we are and mental illness.
I have never read a manga book before and experiencing it first hand through the story of Kabi was an interesting experience. I was able to get the comic feel of books through illustrations and writing style but also the feel of a novel because of the detail and ongoing plot that lasted past 100 pages. The story captured my attention automatically because it is different than the books that I usually go towards because the book was giving me a personal blog vibe but with a twist.
I was able to learn about Kabi’s mental struggles with depression, eating disorders and personal connections but also a first hand encounter what it is like to deal with those issues everyday. As the reader, I think that the topics discussed in this book fits for an adult audience because of the language, sexual experiences and tone. The illustrations were well created and fit the narrative of the story.
The writer did an excellent job getting me as the reader to understand what it is like to deal with mental illnesses. I was able to see the main character grow and tell her story through her experiences. There were moments where I could see myself in the main character and actually feel emotionally attached to the experiences she was having. I think that this book can be something that is relatable to a lot of people exploring who they are.
The title is called My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness but I think that the book focused more on her loneliness and mental illness experiences than her lesbian experiences. Majority of the book is about her dealing with her everyday struggles and a piece of her sexuality exploration which I was expecting more of. The lesbian experiences that Kabi encountered were something serial and different but kept me curious to how those experiences affected her. Overall, the book kept me wanting more and I think that anyone that is curious to reading a book about a young woman finding herself with an open mind can enjoy this manga.
You can find this book at: https://amzn.to/2PtoHHC
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