High School Math Prodigy Claudia Jones Is Missing Her Classmates Share Rumors Of An Alien Abduction When They Re Not Struggling With Early Romances, Fraying Friendships, And The Other Challenges Of Young Adulthood Emily S Trying To Handle A Life Changing Surprise Paula S Hoping To Step Out Of Emily S Shadow Nigel Just Wants A Girl Who Will Laugh At His Jokes And Brett Hardly Lets Himself Get Close To Anybody Different Chapters Focus On Different Characters, Each With A Unique Visual Approach Really enjoyed this first installment of a new YA graphic novel trilogy by MariNaomi Losing the Girl focuses on four teenagers, with their intertwining friendships, romances, jealousies, and painful conflicts You know, pretty much typical life for teenagers Looming behind all of their interpersonal drama is a missing classmate named Claudia Jones and there are some rumors floating around that she may have been abducted by aliens Throughout there are small, tell tale hints of possible strange phenomenon afoot But what could it really be MariNaomi draws it all with her trademark visual whimsy, employing all kinds of interesting touches and minimalistic magic Each chapter is devoted to a different character s viewpoint and as such each is drawn in a different style though all her visual designs coalesce beautifully The story is insightful about teenagers and altogether irresistible and I m really looking forward to the second installment next year BTW, I would guess this would be best for ages 14 and above Five out of five. A bunch of unlikable teens deal with typical coming of age stuff while vague supernatural elements sort of intrude around the edges of the story Each chapter switches perspective and, in an interesting choice, comes with a change of art style by the creator.I wanted to like this, but the characters and their actions just really irked me Probably because they were fairly accurate depictions of teens, and I m a cranky old man who than anything just wants them to stay off my lawn. I think there was supposed to be a sci fi twist to this, but it didn t really show up I think it ll appear in later volumes This was really hard to follow, the art was not great, and while I do think it accurately portrays many teen relationships, there didn t seem to be a whole lot of plot or unification. MariNaomi is so unequivocally herself all the time that she s almost always a joy to read, and this is no exception Raw and emotional while also cool and reasonably pissed off, and also WEIRD and a little random in the right ways, I enjoyed the beginning of this teen focused but not teen stupidified story and I look forward to. I read this in one sitting It s funny and serious, realistic and weird When I finished reading, I felt like gushing about it I love that each character got a chance to tell the story, and I love their complicated, confusing emotions The experience feels genuine The art style is simple but enjoyable The story about the missing girl seemed incomplete, but I m assuming that will develop in the next book I received a free digital copy of this book via NetGalley. This nails the petty teenage drama of high school, but gives each character a chapter to show what s going on in their heads and their lives so you understand why that seemingly petty stuff means so much to them. I ve loved all of Marinaomi s previous books, but they re all memoirs I ve enjoyed those memoirs very much because the content is always so honest and it feels like she s never afraid or embarrassed on what the reader will think and doesn t hold back That being said, in those memoirs she also does such a brilliant job balancing the humor and seriousness of situations so I was very curious to see how this fictional endeavor would be Wellright at part one I immediately began smiling Next few pages I found myself chuckling and smiling In this first chapter there is also a serious situation that had me invested in the character I m pleased to share that this is how I felt while reading the rest of the book Even though this isn t a memoir, I definitely knew I was reading a Marinaomi story She s like the literary equivalent to the films of Wes Anderson as they both have such a distinctive style and unique personality to their work All these characters all feel SO real and all but one in my opinion are flawed I appreciate this because it is very rare to not be flawed These kids actually talk and behave like flawed teenagers really do Also, this story is very much like my sopho year of high school so there were characters and situations I totally related to I m curious and excited to read how the characters progress in book two.Besides how she writes the story and delivers dialogue I m truly infatuated by her drawing style, how she letters the dialogue, and how the page is actually setup Just looking at the pages makes me smile That s definitely a reason this book took a couple days to finish I frequently found myself taking my time taking in the illustrations and going back to certain pages to look at the illustrations again.Bonus thoughtI also support the author on Patreon At the moment she currently produces a daily comic which always makes me smile due to her way of delivering dialogue, finding humor in her daily life, and her drawing style Highly recommend Hi I wrote and illustrated this book, and I give it two thumbs up This is MariNaomi s foray into the YA comics game, but nobody would mistake it for a Raina Telegemeier book All the formal inventiveness and creative minimalism of MariNaomi s autobio comics is on display here, and there s no pat resolution or clear positive message That ambiguity is the book s best attribute I like the way it trades off between four different romantically entangled narrators, slowly revealing the faults in each one s perspectives MariNaomi also adjusts her cartooning style for each narrator one section is all thick lines and inky blacks, another does away with panel structure entirely The through lines in each section are a missing person case and the mysterious failure of everybody s cell phones The characters pay only a small amount of attention to each of these things, as they are so busy with their interpersonal conflicts, but it seems like MariNaomi is building something for future books in the series.
MariNaomi s award winning comics and essays have been featured in over sixty print anthologies as well as on The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Midnight Breakfast, BuzzFeed and Her artwork has been featured in such venues as the de Young Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco s Asian American Museum and the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles In 2011, MariNaomi toured with the literary r
- 280 pages
- Losing the Girl (Life on Earth, #1)
- 18 February 2017 MariNaomi