My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
First, I want to say that as a reviewer, I find it difficult to critically rate someone’s life experience. Most memoirs or autobiographical prose I’ve read either is well-written (or well-drawn) or it’s not. There’s not room for “oh, that action wasn’t believable” or “wow, that character made an out-of-character decision.”
That said, I flipped flopped around a bit on this book if I should’ve given it five or four stars. Obviously, I went with five. Typically, what makes a book go from a four to a five, for me, is an emotional component that speaks to me.
I spend the first chunk of this book utterly identifying with Nagata’s struggles with depression, isolation, anxiety, and loneliness. She portrays the honest reality of what it looks like to struggle. And to fail too.
My internal experiences have never put me where Nagata’s put her, but I couldn’t help but nod my head. I couldn’t help, but tear up at her scenes. Nagata’s vulnerability creates an automatic intimacy with the reader. Even if the book opens with her first escort experience as a flash-forward and hook for the reader. Continue reading “My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Manga Review”