This story is told from the perspective of the mother of two young sons, narrated as if she is writing a letter or a diary entry, possibly to their father. The older of the two sons, who is in high school, constantly "slips up" and mentions things that makes the mom think he's gay. He will say things like "when I get a boyfriend -- I mean girlfriend!" The mom records their interactions as she tries to piece together who her son may have a crush on. She also wonders how the younger son feels and if he has put it together yet or not. The father isn't home much because of his job, but the mom wonders how the dad would react to knowing his oldest is gay. In the end, the mom hopes her son will tell her when he's ready, but she decides not to pry or force him to admit anything he isn't ready for.
This was a a really cute slice-of-life from the perspective of a mother as she tries to figure out her son. There was a little hesitation on her part until she accepts that she will continue to love her son whether he admits he is gay or not, but the big question mark is the father. He doesn't seem like he would be supportive off the cuff, but he might the the kind of guy who comes to accept his son after the initial shock wears off. This is a unique perspective from the parents that isn't always included in coming-out narratives. The series might be a good addition for readers to build empathy and for those who need a positive, supportive coming out story.
The artwork for this title is a little light-hearted and cartoony. Facial expressions of the characters are a little over-the-top but enjoyable. The oldest son is extremely expressive, especially with his large eyebrows, and especially when he catches his latest slip-up.
This title has nothing in the first volume that makes it inappropriate for middle school readers.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: Square Enix
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
ISBN: 9781646090921 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Family, Slice Of Life, LGBTQ+, Square Enix
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