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Fangirl Friday: Don’t Call Me Dirty, by Gorou Kanbe

Book Title : Don’t Call Me Dirty

Series : Don’t Call Me… Vol. 01 (Prequel is Don’t Call Me Daddy)

Author : Gorou Kanbe

Genre : Manga, Yaoi, LGBT, MM Romance, Contemporary

Warnings : deals with prejudice preconceptions, homelessness, betrayal, family, coming-out, implied homophobia

After some time in a long distance sort-of-relationship with his crush, Shouji is crestfallen when weeks of getting ghosted finally result in a confession: his boyfriend just isn’t gay. Having struggled with his sexuality for years, Shouji throws himself into his work to distract himself from the rejection— but when a young homeless man called Hama shows up at the shop, Shouji finds himself curious to learn more about him and, hopefully, befriend him. Attempting to make their way in a society that labels each of them as ‘outcasts’ and ‘dirty,’ the two men grow closer. Together, they begin to find they have more in common than either of them could have anticipated.

Copy received through Netgalley

I loved this! It was a super cute story, with a lovely message, and some great art work.
I was nervous to start, because I thought it would be all about the love story of Shouji falling in love with a homeless man and taking him in, cleaning him up etc, but it was actually about a lot more than that.

This is a yaoi with heart, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of life lessons. From how to treat people, to hurt feelings and broken hearts, and teaching the younger generation what is most important, the story deals with a lot of different issues. There are class issues, it deals with how people blatantly and inadvertently treat old people, sickness, homelessness, and the poor. There’s a touch of internalised homophobia, as well as outward homophobia.

In the end, it was a really nice story about a little village, centering mainly around Shouji and Hama. I utterly fell in love with it and will be reading it again, when I need that feel-good glow

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