by Nagata Kabi
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is a manga that follows the life of Kabi/Nagata, yes this is a memoir, and her experience with loneliness and mental health. While the book may seem like it’s about lesbianism, lesbophobia, dealing with compulsory heterosexuality and other lesbian-related issues but lesbianism is barely even mentioned in this book! This book more so focuses on the author’s struggle with her parents and her mental health, and for this, I offer you a list of trigger warnings that I found especially prevalent. Disclaimer beforehand: this may not be a full list so please do your own research if you are aware of your triggers. Without further ado: disordered eating (anorexia and binge eating), depression (extreme low-functioning), self-harm (cutting and hair pulling), verbal abuse and shame (mostly from parents), and mentions of sex. I’m sure there are more, don’t be fooled by the playful cover — this is a heavy book, but those were the ones that stuck out to me. Because of those, I would recommend this book for 16+ year olds, but it really just depends on your maturity and triggers!
Before I end this review, I would like to mention the things I liked: I related to almost everything Nagata/Kabi wrote (ED, depression, being a lesbian, self-harm, wanting to please parents, etc.), the writing, though short, was wonderful. The drawings were cute, and it was a fast-paced book.
In conclusion, read this if you can handle all the triggers and if you can’t, that’s completely fine- read what you’re comfortable with.
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