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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Sign | Review

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"There are a few unusual things about Café Goyo. Number one, their coffee sucks. Number two, their customers never order off the menu. And number three, Yohan, the café manager, is deaf. So when Soohwa joins as a part-timer, though he is not expected to learn how to make good coffee, he is asked to expand his sign language vocabulary beyond the words, “higher,” “pay,” and “please.” But when Yohan offers to give him private lessons, Soohwa is reluctant. Not because he doesn’t want to study, but because he has a hard time around Yohan."


Sign is a BL manhwa written and illustrated by Ker.

I've had this on my TBR for a while now, and finally decided to pick it up because why not? I didn't really know what to expect from this aside from it possibly being a cute and healthy romance story. I knew I couldn't rely on comments though because half of the time it does not end up being what they said it was. For the most part, though, this was a nice romance story.

We follow Soohwa who ends up meeting and then subsequently working with Yohan at his Cafe. Their relationship was a bit more of a slowburn, at least in terms of the emotional side of things. I found that I wasn't too invested in their relationship, mostly due to their lack of communication. As I said, the emotional aspect of their relationship takes a while to take off, so the story instead focuses on the more physical aspect of it. To put it bluntly, their connection is based on sex and having a lot of it.

I don't care about reading much of that in the first place, but what bothered me a bit was that they didn't communicate about anything. No talk of boundaries or limits or clear consent or safe words or anything which their relationship should have had. On top of that, they both weren't quite on the same page for a while, so a good conversation would have been great.

Honestly speaking, I cared more about Gyoon and wanted the story to focus more on him instead. All-in-all, the plot ended up being dragged down due to their more physical relationship, and I wished that delved more into their getting to know each other on a more personal and emotional level. Still, though, this wasn't a bad story, just not exactly what I was looking for.

If you are thinking about reading this, you can find it on Lezhin (only the first two episodes are free, however).

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