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How Do We Relationship?, Vol. 2 by Tamifull
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really liked it
bookshelves: arcs, contemporary, diverse, fantasy, lgbtqiap, manga-graphicnovel, romance, translated

Rep: sapphic romance; lesbian main characters

Warnings: explicit sex scenes, threat of character being outed

Miwa and Saeko are comfortable enough and settling into their relationship, and Saeko especially is happy about where they are. When prompted by her friend, she declares that their relationship is bereft of jealousy as the nature of it is different from a typical heterosexual relationship. However, during a camping retreat, she finds out that even when she is secure in the idea of their relationship, she definitely feels jealous when guys keep approaching Miwa (thinking her to be unattached as she doesn't have a boyfriend). She tries to push down this instinct, leading to some distance between them. Meanwhile, Miwa is having some problems of her own, as one of the guys in the group she has been placed in is immediately very hostile towards her. He claims he can't stand her polite smiles (which is a defense mechanism of the perpetually anxious, so like screw you, dude) and moreover, he is definitely suspicious of the closeness between Miwa and Saeko which obviously doesn't look friendly as much as it does girlfriendly. Miwa, in turn, is feeling anxious about it, and down on herself because she feels she should be more confrontational or confident in the very least so people can't easily mess with her like that; she also feels like she might burden Saeko by having the latter chase away the pushy guys. In a way, both of them feel their individual struggles might mean the death of their relationship, and it takes a while for them to communicate with each other about it, when they are in a camp where they don't get much time alone, and they have to hide their relationship. The themes of this book were very naturally brought up as a progression of their personal arcs in relation to their relationship, and I like that it takes a nuanced approach while keeping their characterizations in mind.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
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Reading Progress

September 23, 2020 – Shelved
September 23, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
September 23, 2020 – Shelved as: arcs
December 30, 2020 – Started Reading
December 31, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: contemporary
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: diverse
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: fantasy
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: manga-graphicnovel
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: romance
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: translated

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