Breath of Flowers Vol 1 by: Caly

Azami has always been attracted only to boys, especially the handsome Gwyn. Intelligent, sporty, attractive and just a little older than Azami, she’s sure he would be an ideal boyfriend. Then, on the day Azami finally gets the courage to confess her feelings, everything she believes is suddenly called into question when she finds out that Gwyn is actually a girl!

Despite her initial shock at learning Gwyn’s secret, Azami quickly realizes that love transcends gender, putting her feelings for Gwyn before her previous prejudices. But it turns out Azami isn’t the only girl who’s got her eye on Gwyn!

Content Warnings: homophobia, body shaming, sexism, eating disorder, body dysmorphia, and transphobia.

Azami doesn’t understand same-gender relationships…until she realizes the person she’s been obsessing over and crushing on isn’t the man she thought he was but is actually a girl just like her. Determined to still be with Gwyn the two start dating and trying to navigate the world as a couple.

When I first thought Gwyn was non-binary, or possibly trans, it made sense that she presented herself as a boy, even going as far as chopping off her long hair and binding her chest. She did all these things right before starting school there, so all of her classmates and teachers, aside from the coach and school nurse, have always thought she was a boy. I just wish we were given more detail into why she continued to let others think she was a guy if she never saw herself that way. Even if it was her saying she was confused or was experimenting it would have made more sense than the way they wrote it.

The bigger topics in this story seemed like they were either not explained or were rushed. Take for example Azami goes from telling her friends that same-gender relationships are gross and don’t make sense, to angrily confessing her feelings to Gwyn —angrily because she finds out Gwyn’s a girl and doesn’t know how to process the guy she was infatuated with was a girl all along— to telling Gwyn she still wants to date her. Between all those instances there’s really no internal dialogue where she processes her homophobia or how a relationship with Gwyn, the girl, would be different than she originally planned when she thought Gwyn was a guy.

Hopefully, the other volumes have more inner dialogue and deeper discussions than volume one. The overall story is something that I think is important to show and discuss I just feel it could have used more dialogue around the bigger topics…and less around the potential love triangle.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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