Mini Reviews: Adult Graphic Novels and Memoirs

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel

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Series: no
Published: June 8th 2006)
Rating: sharp
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Gabrielle

 Fun Home is Alison Bechdel graphic memoir of growing up in an extraordinary house and funeral home. I am still a bit undecided on this one. It is the story of a woman searching for herself by trying to get to know her father after he is gone. I liked the storytelling and the art, but I had a hard time liking the characters. Specifically, the father. He is unpleasantly sharp and mean. I know that he is hiding a HUGE part of himself from the world and living a lie, but it was hard to see him taking that out on his children. BTW: there is a musical based on this book, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomicby Alison Bechdel

Saga: Book One by Brian K. Vaughan,  Fiona Staples

Saga: Book One
by Brian K. VaughanFiona Staples

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Series: Saga: Book One
Published: November 25th 2014
Rating: I am very invested
Times read: 1
Recommended by: A bunch of blogs

Two aliens from warring planets fall in love and have a baby and OMG now we have to flee from pretty much everyone in the galaxy because they want to kill us. I AM OBSESSED. This obsession is demonstrated by the fact that I owned these books digitally but rebought them as two HUGE physical books which I had to somehow fit into my suitcase on the way back to China. Alana and Marco are amazing, complex, and satisfying characters to cheer on. There is an emotional depth, familiarity, and truth to the story that pulls you in even as the outlandish visuals show you distant planets and beings.

 


Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Storyby Debbie Tung 

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story
by Debbie Tung 

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Series: no
Published: November 7th 2017
Rating: Sigh of relating
Times read: 1
Recommended by: I saw some of her stuff on Pinterest

I have never felt so seen. Debbie Tung is my soul sister. The book follows her through her last year of university and her first few years as "an adult" as she tries to figure out why she never quite feels as if she can fit in. The art perfectly depicts the mood of the comic while at the same time enhances the story. My favorite panels include the engagement, the perfect date night, and her realization of what introversion means and how her inner journey is going to continue. I will be returning to this book again and again. 


Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World by Maureen Marzi Wilson

Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World
by Maureen Marzi Wilson

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Series: no
Published: July 25th 2017
Rating: Meeeeeee
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Gifted

Listen, I am a sucker for books like this because if there is anything that I love it is meta-perspectives. This was a gift from a former student, so I have a real soft spot for it. It is much more episodic than Quiet Girl in a Noisy World and not nearly as nuanced but it is funny and relatable and if you are an introvert or close to an introvert well worth the read. My favorite parts were the infographics that the author created to explain the needs and moods of the introverted such as the natural habitats of introverts, a fashion guide, and a tour of any reader's bookshelf. It me.

 

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Mini Reviews of the Mediocre

Mini Reviews of the Mediocre
Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi

Autofocus
by Lauren Gibaldi

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Series: no
Published: June 14th 2016
Rating: on a journey
Times read: 1
Recommended by: @ericsmithrocks on twitter

“I look at him, and he leans forward, touching my arm. "I think it's up to you, to be who you want.” 

Maude is a senior in high school and because of a photography assignment is spending her spring break with her best friend's college trying to find information about her dead birth mother. There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. There was a kind of effortless diversity that needs to happen more often.  I like that the evolving nature of friendship was explored.  I didn't need the love interest, but he didn't bother me.  I needed more about the adoption angle.  There are all kinds of feelings and issues to be subtly explored. Maybe they were, and because I am not adopted and have not adopted, I am not sensitized to them. It ended up being okay, and I had higher expectations than that.


Guitar Notes by Mary Amato 

Guitar Notes
by Mary Amato 

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Series: no
Published: July 24th 2012
Rating: should have been middle grade
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Goodreads

“Maybe it explains the reason why one person likes another. It's because their souls both thrum at the same frequency.”

Two high school students with nothing in common start to communicate through notes left in a share music rehearsal room at school. Although this book is about 11th graders, it feels like a Middle-grade novel rather than a YA.  The writing, themes, language, and content all are appropriate for younger readers.  In fact, if you switched up Tripp and Lyla's ages to 12 or 13 there would have to be no other changes to make it a Middle Grade. The music part of the book was very well done. My favorite part of this book was the fact that both characters manage to become genuine friends without there being a romance.  This should happen more often.


Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Wesley James Ruined My Life
by Jennifer Honeybourn

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Series: no
Published: July 18th 2017
Rating: rolled my eyes
Times read: 1
Recommended by: twitter

"King Henry VIII won’t shut up. Not the real King Henry VIII, obviously. That would be crazy, given the dude’s been dead for five hundred years. This King Henry is really Alan Rickles, retired weatherman/local dinner theater actor."

This book irritated me.  Something happened years ago, and Quinn Hardwick’s life changed for the worse.  She blames a boy who was, like ten at the time.  He comes back into her life, and she proceeds to be a heinous bitch. And then they fall in Love. Maybe I just don't hold grudges correctly? The writing was decent, so I am going to try out her next book.  It might just be this trope that does not work for me rather than there being something wrong with the book.


The Opposite of Ordinary by Jessica Sorensen 

The Opposite of Ordinary
by Jessica Sorensen 

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Series:The Heartbreaker Society #1
Published: October 16th 2016
Rating: Side-eyeing the stupid
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Amazon

"I confessed my confusion to Queeny because, bitch or not, she was my best friend."

The plot what a both too simple and cartoonish and too complicated and over the top. I think if you like things like Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl this might be more up to your ally. A mean girl gets dumped by her mean girlfriends because of a rumor, and they start to try to ruin her life. I would like to say that she changes and learns something but she really doesn't seem to.  She just switches groups. There is also so much cyber bullying (and just general bullying) in this book, and no one freakin' tells an adult. I really can't stand when books give this message to readers especially when the target audience is young readers. Displeased. A much better former mean girl story would be Before I Fall.


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith

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Series: no
Published: January 2nd 2012
Rating: cute
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Goodreads

“It's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity.” 

This the story of a girl who is reluctantly flying from the US to the UK to reluctantly attend her father's wedding. Along the way, she meets a guy, and things seem to change. It is one of the very few books that pulls off instalove.  There I said it.  And while t was able to pull it off, the concept of the story happening in a 24 hour period rushed everything else.  I felt as if this should have been Part One of a book. I wanted more development from it. Maybe an epilogue?  Despite my nit-picking, this is actually my favorite Jennifer E. Smith book.


Interference by Kay Honeyman

Interference
by Kay Honeyman 

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Series: no
Published: September 27th 2016
Rating: how to manipulate
Times read: 1
Recommended by: goodreads

“You're so busy trying to prove what you do know, you ignore everything you don't.” 

I have been absolute trash for this trope for the last year.  I am both horribly repelled by politics and completely fascinated. In this book, Kate Hamilton is the daughter of a Senator whose family has retreated to Texas in the wake of a scandal. It was readable enough, but Kate is manipulative as all hell, there is more drama than a teen soap opera, and all your sense of reality needs to be suspended. I read it vaguely enjoyed it and had trouble remembering a thing that happened. If you want a book where the main character is related to a powerful politician check out The Right Side of Wrong.

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