Joy has been living an "agreeable" life as long as she can remember, making way for the happiness of others at the cost of her own emotional well-being. Stuck in the same neighborhood and house for 23 years, small issues with family, friends, work, and surroundings have eaten away at her, with more unsaid words and unexpressed feelings kept deep inside her heart. Her only hope of escape from the emptiness and distance is packing a bag for her ultimate trip, but much like the bag of items she repacks each day and shoves back under her desk, Joy is stuck, unable to find a purpose. Running into her high school crush, Aerie, and reaching a breaking point with her family and work, Joy's long-overdue goals of leaving home are placed into action. Speaking out against her abusers, and taking things into her own hands, Joy begins to find some independence and separation. Will Joy be able to find her way in the world, and resolve the long overdue issues that have haunted her ordinary life?
Source: Pocket Comics
Emotional ride with a lovely ending and realistic situations. I couldn't skip a chapter and i didn't want to but if you're looking for pure sweet fluff this isn't it. This manga isn't so much a GL manga as it is a manga about life involving lesbians (tho it gets quite sweet towards the end lol) But the most important thing is that it is well written. The characters are well rounded and distinctive. Different view points are shown without loosing focus on the main two. It's not cringy. It's not annoying. It's not dragged out. Main characters deal with dysfunctional families and loneliness. The mc is at the point where she can not take what is happening to her and runs away cause she feels she might go insane. The 2 girls "click" quite quickly and start relying on each other for emotional support. Both girls start naturally fixing the life around them and it's quite satisfying to watch. Tho i admit some men in this manga made me hungry for blood (the worst part being that the men like them actually exist and it wasn't overdone in an unrealistic way from which you can just disociate).
One thing to know while going into this is that it’s not primarily a romance. Joy was into Arie long before the story even began, and Arie sort of falls for Joy in a very soft, drama-free way. The focus of the story is self confidence, the diservice it is to yourself to endure something for the sake of keeping the peace amongst your friends, drawing boundaries, what people owe their birth family, and generally trying to come into yourself as a young adult with a screwed up childhood. Joy’s struggle to articulate how uncomfortable men’s attention is when she knows they want something for their kindness and desperately doesn't want to give them anything but can’t say no really hit me. It’s a quick read because all in all, very little goes on and the leads are always incredibly sweet and respectful of each other.
This manga is incredibly realistic, hitting close to home in its portrayal of relationships and emotions. While romance is present, it takes a backseat to the raw and relatable aspects of the story. If you're looking for a manga that delves deep into the complexities of human connections, this one is worth a read. Be prepared for a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant experience.
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