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My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 2

(My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The sequel series to the award-winning My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness!

Living on her own is harder than Nagata Kabi expected. Building relationships is difficult too, but with a new friendship to cultivate and a new perspective on her family, she's doing her best to open up and become a warm, compassionate person!
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Seven Seas
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David Schaafsma
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I read the first book by Nagata, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, about the clinically shy/introvert/lonely Nagata trying to make human connections, trying to come out, going to an escort service. But from the first I thought this wasn't primarily a story about LGBTQ issues, as her social anxiety and depression seemed foremost. In the process of sharing her very personal (and articulate) story online she--this very private and largely isolate and lonely woman--became famous, which was ...more
This is a type of book that can't be judged or evaluated because it is about the author's personal life.
How can one evaluate the life of another and give stars through it?
This is one of the topics the author deals with in this volume. As she realized that in writing her life she ended up selling herself and putting not only her but her family in spotlight.
In this volume the depression of Kabi appears with all its force again. Her anxiety about thinking about the future and her career leads to a
Rod Brown
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This entry is more frustrating than the previous two as the author mostly sets aside LGBTQ issues and focuses on the anxiety and depression which eventually result in her voluntary hospitalization following a strong bout of substance abuse.

Outside forces seem to be affecting the narrative as the author recounts how her family reacts to their depictions in the early volumes and realizes she is under some pressure to bring the series to a conclusion for the publisher. Some of the developments felt
Jessica Peregrym
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really respect Nagata Kabi for putting herself out there and talking so openly about her anxiety and depression. I understand that mental illness is a painful thing to live with, especially in a place like Japan where seeking therapy is still fairly frowned upon. But I still found it hard to read about this woman doing little more than running circles in her own little pit of despair. I hope she can get out someday and find happiness, but I honestly have my doubts.
Apr 16, 2019 added it
I think her openness and vulnerability is very brave, but this is not something I want to reread or a series I can continue reading. It reminds me too much of how I feel at my worst and just makes me feel scared for my future.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I relate too much to the endless cycles of depression and anxiety, that it makes me a little scared tbh. Her realizations about her family also hit too close to home for me. I felt the same way not too long ago about what she felt about her mom about my dad. Almost made me cry but I had to stop because I already had a headache. ✌ ...more
Progress, as they say, is a spiral.

I am deeply grateful to these books and their honesty about the mundane nature of recovery, the struggle within success, and how sometimes all the love we crave is already present in our lives -- we only need to become the version of ourselves who is ready to experience it.

I won't be surprised if this volume gets lower ratings than the first two. The cultural dissonance about the treatment of mental health and the importance of family probably won't go over ea
Nicolas Lontel
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ainsi que le volume précédent My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1 et My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, ce manga autobiographique explore la vie de l'autrice à travers sa dépression, la navigation des limites, la solitude, mais aussi l'amour et les moments de bonheur qui peuvent parfois émerger. Cette fois-ci, Kabi Nagata semble décidément avoir trouvée une meilleure voix, une meilleure manière de naviguer ses limites et ses interactions avec sa famille (avec laquelle elle est retournée vivre) et ...more
Sara Mul
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This follows "My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness" as a kind-of sequel. Thematically, it's all very similar to us: Kabi Nagata is learning how to be self-sufficient, to love and to be loved, and to function as a person. However, this one was structured differently: now, it felt less like a stream of consciousness and more like diary entries (makes sense cause of the name of this one, ha!), and I enjoyed the format much more this time around. Each chapter is another diary entry, what Nagata cal ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, lgbtq
This second volume of Kabi Nagata's diary comics deals mainly with mental health, depression, self-harm and hospitalization. The drawing style gets looser and looser as it goes along, which feels very appropriate given the subject matter. This is an intimate and raw portrait of someone whose life is completely falling apart, with periods of intense psychological pain punctuated by stretches of boredom and brief hope. By the end of the book she is once again living at home, having given up alcoho ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I really enjoyed Nagata's previous work, but I can only handle so much paralyzing, debilitating depression before it starts to rub off on me. She's brutally honest, which I can respect, but I just had a hard time enjoying the book.

Also, I'm not sure what's up with the cover illustration. This book didn't really have any sex in it like the last two did. It seems to be following the trend of the previous two books, but it's really out of place in this volume.
Valkyrie Vu
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-eng, manga
I still love this one quite the same way I do with the 1st one in the sequel . I admire her for putting herself on the naked paper so other people know that they're not alone.I just wish she could find a girlfriend and enjoy life. Well , at least someone to cuddle with :))
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Meaghan Steeves
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a bigger fan of the first book but still related to her desire for independence.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, bd
I love the honesty and struggle in this serie, and this one hit so close to home, especially when it came to Nagata's relationship with her familly and friends.
Benjamin Kass
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good reminder that getting better, whatever that might mean for you right now, doesn't necessarily mean a straight line pointing up. It's cycles and challenges, the slow work of learning new behaviors and creating a safer, healthier environment for yourself. Helped me figure out some of my own frustrations and, as ever, I will read whatever Kabi Nagata puts out
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Kabi, If you are out there reading this: Be gentle to yourself. Your books are beautiful. Keep making themselves and keep loving yourself and keep taking care of yourself.
Chloe Crist
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I still admire Nagata for being able to put so much of herself on the page; I really found it interesting that she included the repercussions of her first book in this one. I mean, considering this is a memoir, it makes sense, but she could have just as easily left things out to help with her relationship with her family.

Kudos for being so candid and honest, and frankly, brave.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, lgbtq, favorites
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Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4.5/5) I’ve rec’d Nagata Kabi’s two previous works – My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and My Solo Exchange Diary – and I’m reccing this one, too. My Solo Exchange Diary 2 (which I believe concludes the series) chronicles the artist’s ongoing battle with depression and self-development, doing so in a wonderfully-relatable style with beautiful artwork to boot.

Over the course twelve letters to her future self (plus two epilogues), Nagata Kabi explores her ongoing struggles of existence, in bl
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jes Jones
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 2 covers the author's life post-book deal of her first released manga My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness as she grapples with the residual aftermath of her parent's opinions of her first manga as well as battling crippling depression and loneliness that appears to remain a constant in her life.

Nagata offers a real, and heartfelt, look into the jaws of depressions and presents it to the world in a tolerable pink-and-white cartoon fashion.


- Nagata's openne
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brighton, manga
It was sometimes difficult to read this story because the harsh reality of a person living through anxiety, depression and self-abuse does not make for a pleasant experience. But this is exactly the reason why this book is so precious: it's honest, even brutally so. The author takes an honest look at herself and puts her experience on the page as she sees it.

I have been paralysed by anxiety myself for a time. I have felt alone and completely incapable of functioning in society. Now I'm in a bett
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I think this may be the final one in this series, but it was a good ending. I enjoyed watching Kabi grow as a person and learn more about herself as well as reach out to family and friends. It was hard watching her struggle with depression, especially as someone has had it twice in their life. I could understand her struggles with motivation and anxiety, though I will admit I never really dealt with loneliness to the level she did. I think that, like the two before it, everyone should read this ...more
Tatiana Pérez
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómic
Me parece complicado, viéndolo en perspectiva, valorar esta serie por un tomo suelto, sin completarla. Kabi Nagata ha tejido un relato desgarrador sobre su vida con una depresión que no acababa de superar. Como bien dice en el epílogo, cada uno de los tomos ha girado en torno a cómo se relaciona con el mundo de diferentes maneras y se ve una evolución hacia un futuro mejor al ir descubriendo cómo afrontar los sentimientos y cómo relacionarse con su entorno.

Y sigo pensando que me encantaría abraz
Ivo Lederer
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
It came with them mail today and I just had to devour it immediately! I have been waiting for the release for months and haven't been disappointed. I love the honesty in Nagata Kabis work, reflecting about her life experiences in relatable way that makes you feel for and like the character-author. While lacking detailed as well as background drawings, what the book doesn't lack is meaning. On the contrary, the minimal style helps to accentuate the problems and topics presented, boiling them down ...more
Ainelle June
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kabi-san i super relate your previous books about how toxic life can be sometimes or how parents doesnt give a damn clue about what you feel or sometimes just simply dense or maybe just super concern about your life and maybe they expect something better because how much they appreciate you... maybe they just cant show it properly but thats also my current situation with my parents too.. this book seriously opened my eyes how forward you are and how you inspired me. I cant wait to read more book ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This comic has become something different... and it's great. Reminds me a lot of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and its sequel, Are You My Mother? with like the emotional, relatable anxiety narrative... and the open conversation and healing after.

With this one, I think it's important to see that depression is a lifelong struggle... but things do get better! Not forever, but better!

This volume included an original short story that was really, really good! Hoping for more!!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-books
The author continues with her efforts to have a satisfying life. I don't know what the mental health system is like in Japan, but she could use at least some counseling. Instead, writing her story as manga is her therapy, and she does it very well. She seems sweet and quirky, but generally not very happy. Three and a half stars, rounded up because I like her.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved every part of this journey with Kabi, not only did I find the series super relatable but I also loved how raw it was. It definitely made me feel less lonley, knowing and reading about people going through stuff and it not having a "happy ending" but realizing it's a process and a cycle you go in and out of along life it's very comforting.
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