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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  267 ratings  ·  59 reviews
There are plenty of established facts concerning 26-year-old Annah Billips. She likes sushi and mountains, but hates paper cuts and beer breath. She dates girls and boys, and loves to travel. She may have a missing sister, or she might be insane. Did Annah invent an imaginary sister named Ginger during her parents' ferocious divorce, or did her mad scientist father extract ...more
Deluxe Flexicover, 112 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Top Shelf Productions (first published June 7th 2011)
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Melki
Great artwork!
This book perfectly captures the frustration of liking someone, but knowing you'll never be able to get any closer to that person.
I liked the storyline being passed like a hot potato among different narrators. Who knew pigeons had such a grasp of the human psyche!
The ending was unsatisfying...perhaps Part Two is in the works?
Jessica-Robyn
Gingerbread Girl is a graphic novel whose story is both interesting and uninteresting. Whose main character is both lovable, yet frustrating.

Over the chorus of a single night we are introduced to a plethora of characters each taking their turn to narrate the story of Annah Billips and her "sister" Ginger. With each hand-off, from character to character, we're given more bread-crumbs of what is really going on inside of Annah's brain. As outside observers we're asked to question Annah's sanity a
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Clare Mitchell
I reeeeeeally don't know how I feel about this book.

More accurately, I feel like I should have liked this book - quirky queer girls, vague sci-fi medicine plots - but in reality it made me feel super uncomfortable. I'm not usually a person who gets bothered about use of the word "crazy" but the sheer number of times it appears in this book is overwhelming. The more I read the more I felt like the book was shrugging at me & saying "chicks be cray cray". The fetishisation of natural African h
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Steve Castner
This mostly comes down to a matter of taste. I can't cite any objective reasons for not liking this book. I thought the drawings themselves were pretty beautiful, and the line quality is just incredible, but it didn't fit the story, in my opinion. It's also not the kind of style I want to look at for the duration of something as long as Gingerbread girl. It's a better fit for shorter strips and lighter subject matter, not a character sketch of a girl with deep emotional scars and psychological i ...more
Seth Hahne
Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

I love a good, challenging novel (or graphic novel) as much as the next guy. Maybe even more. I've spent my fair share plumbing the depths of Kafka on the Shore, The Unconsoled, Savage Detectives, and Duncan the Wonder Dog. Those books are treasured to me and I'll always remember to think of them fondly. There's a certain invigouration that occurs when one puzzles through a tough work and comes out the other end with something that resembles a solution—or even just a partial solution. There is l
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Emeloche
Gingerbread Girl is a graphic novel with a creative premise that, unfortunately doesn't quite get there. Annah, a twentysomething, may or may not have a sister who was created when her father removed a part of Annah's brain (again, something that may or may not have happened). Annah's quest to find Ginger, her sister, seems mismatched with the casual date the story relays. Though Gingerbread Girl's multiple storytellers give the book a fun feel, the story never really connects, and leaves the r ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This was so wonderfully well written and illustrated. A girl named Annah imagines that her father has extracted the Penfield homunculus - actually a conceptual representations of the sensory centres in the brain rather than a separate entity - from her brain and given it life. The resulting girl, 'Ginger' feels all the things the girl cannot. The sisters have lost track of each other and a series of narrators including the girl, a pigeon and many others talk about Annah's quest for Ginger and wh ...more
Cassandra
Mar 07, 2013 Cassandra rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I'm giving this one star because the artwork is good. Otherwise, the story is terrible. It follows a manic-pixie dream girl who is bi-sexual. However, it depicts every bad stereotype about people who are bi-sexual and women in particular: undecided/confused about their sexuality, attention seekers, teases, and, overall, crazy. The protagonist is obsessed with the afro of a woman of color. Not the woman, just her afro. I found it hard to care about her or her story.

This could have been a really
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Suzanne
Such a wonderful premise, but such a short book! I'd just started to get invested and it was over.

And more to the point - nothing happens. Its a book purely done in exposition, and you get the the end and realise that pretty much an hour has passed in real time and nothing has happened to advance the story at all. An interesting device, but it needed to be done in tandem with some solid action/conflict/happenings.

Also find it an odd choice of artist. The strange story could have done with less
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The whole time reading The Gingerbread Girl, I couldn't help but be frustrated. It felt so much like a book written by a guy as a flippant, "girls are crayzee but we love 'em anyway" ode to women. As such, it takes all kinds of generalizations about female nature, ramps them up to 200%, then gives us all kinds of winks and nods that even the girls themselves know they are crazy. So we have a cute, bisexual, frequently und
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A. M.
Tobin and Coover - undoubtedly the most adorable couple in comics - are at their finest here. A non-judgmental piece courting themes of sexual and personal identity, as well as perspective and tolerance. No clear answers are provided, nor do they need to be; the heart of the work lies in its ability to produce questions, not resolution.
ananka
I have to say a little "meh" on this one. I wanted to like it--the art work is good--but the story left me cold.
Mirrordance
E' molto difficile dare un giudizio a questa comic novel. Difficile raccontare una storia che non c'e' che a sua volta appare raccontata dalle voci fuori campo di personaggi accessori, emeriti sconosciuti ed animali vari. Una surreale ricerca di una sorella immaginaria probabilmente mai esistita che non si capisce se sia in realta' delusionale, una sessualita' ambigua e indefinita che non si capisce bene perche' sia nominata. Peccato peche' i disegni sono accattivanti ma e' tutto quello che rima ...more
Jacob
Reading this graphic novel will perplex a good many of its readers. There is a narrative here, and that narrative is delightfully constructed and handles multiple points of view well enough that I would venture to say that the manner that the story progresses is one of the more inventive devices I’ve read in recent years. The only problem that most readers will find is that, much like everything in life, at the end of it all no real clear answers to the pertinent questions are really given. Ther ...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
This is the most eccentric book I've ever read. I actually gave up on it halfway through, because it was stretching my imagination way too far, but then I checked out some reviews that this book received, and they've all been very strong and positive. So, then I suspended my disbelief real well and got back to reading it. Besides, being a graphic novel, it was easier to decide whether to continue with it or not. Once I was done with it, I wasn't in love with it, but I could see the point of the ...more
Mjhancock
In Gingerbread Girl, Tobin and Coover perform a character study of a girl who may or may not be crazy, searching for a twin responsible for feeling her sensations. The story follows her on a date, and observes her from a number of different narrators, including the girl she's on a date with, the boy she stood up to go on the date, and, my favorite, an English bulldog wandering by. Annah is, the kind of person you could lose yourself in. She has a perspective that's so different from the norm tha ...more
Paul
What do you really know about a person? Gingerbread Girl (to be published in July, but all available to read online here) explores this question from all possible angles, as a multitude of people try to get a handle on the truth behind Annah Billips, a flirty, fun, yet infuriatingly capricious and quirky 27-year old girl.

Through the course of the evening, the story passes through the hands of a variety of narrators (from Annah's date for the evening to a pigeon they pass along the way), but it n
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Amy
Gingerbread Girl
Published by Top Shelf Productions
Released on July 12, 2011
ISBN: 9781603090803
Hardcover
112 pages
Paul Tobin (author), Colleen Coover (artist)

Marketing Copy
There are plenty of established facts concerning 26-year-old Annah Billips. She likes sushi and mountains, but hates paper cuts and beer breath. She dates girls and boys, and loves to travel. She may have a missing sister, or she might be insane. Did Annah invent an imaginary sister named Ginger during her parents' ferocious div
...more
LH Johnson
Gingerbread Girl. I'd seen a few pages of it before and always meant to read this. I was, I admit, heavily attracted by the Vertigo-esque cover design. I remembered Gingerbread Girl existed when I saw that there'd been a review posted on Twitter by the excellent @sarangacomics. I love these moments where a book (and somewhat appropriately for this one) lurks in your head and you can't forget it. The moment I read the review, I remembered the dreamy richness of those preview pages and I went back ...more
Steph C
I actually saw this at the library, looked at the first couple of pages, which boil down to "tee, hee, I'm bisexual and I'm in my panties", and put it back. But then I happened to pick up again (what can I say, the title grabbed my attention) and actually read it and boy, is it ever a surreal combination of slice-of-life drama and complete mindfuck. Or maybe, considering the cute, friendly style, sort of a mind-cuddle with occasional mind-spanking. The closest thing I can compare it to is Calvin ...more
Andy Shuping
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This is the story of Annahnette (Annah) Billips...who may or may not have a missing sister. But there are plenty of things that we do know for sure about her. She dates both boys and girls (she really likes Afros), she's 27 years old, like sushi, hates beer breath...and oh yeah her parent's divorced when she was 9. Annah says that her mad scientist father extracted part of her brain, the part that deals with emotions, and great it into a twin sister. In this novel m
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BL834
Four stars, downgraded to three due to the abrupt stop. Can't even call it an ending - I quite literally checked to see if someone had ripped pages out of the book before I realized that no, that's it.

I thought the artwork worked extraordinarily well, and the constant change of narrators was interesting instead of annoying. I wish there was more than the very narrow slice-of-life we're shown.
Sarah Sammis
Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin is a graphic novel that spans the course of a date between Annah and Chili. Annah lives in Portland, works at Powell's, sushi and men and women. She also believes that her mad scientist father removed the Penfield homunculus and turned it into a twin sister named Ginger. With her sister run off, Annah can't feel the intensity of emotions everyone else can and she's desperate to reunite with Ginger.

The events of Annah and Ginger's lives unfold as the evening progres
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Deborah
I don't know what I was expecting. Something lighthearted or sweet or funny, I guess. But this book hit me hard. Despite the Penfield Humunculus storyline, it really hit home, so to speak, having grown up under the same circumstances as the lead character: parents always fighting, feeling alone and scared and what the brain does to protect itself or you. My parents did not divorce nor disappear from my life. Who is to say which is better. All I know is I am still fractured and damaged, in therap ...more
Ruby-Mae Roberts
I actually rate this 2.5 stars. It was quite compelling but it felt pointless at the same time. Very unfulfilling ending...

The main character was pretty annoying but I don't think we were necessarily meant to sympathise with her. I thought she was supposed to be quite cut-off and distant and immoral due to her experiences and childhood but I felt a bit irritated about having to listen to people trying to defend her and explain why she is like she is... I lost my patience in the middle and only c
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Amy
Feb 13, 2012 Amy added it
Shelves: 2012, comix
I love books that have completely original premises, and this one certainly fits in that category! It's about a 26-year-old woman named Annah who believes that she has a sister who was created when her mad scientist father extracted the Penfield Humunculus from her brain (!). The comic chronicles how Annah's belief in this possibly fictitious, possibly real sister has impacted her life and relationships. Sometimes the characters who give commentary on Annah's life are people (or dogs, or pigeons ...more
Pinky
Hmmm. What did I think? I thought that this book was interesting. I learned a lot about the humonculus, which is well known in the field of neurology, and is commonly referred to as "the little man inside the brain" or in this case, "the little gingerbread girl inside the brain." Ugh. Is the main character a total basket base or is she sweetly, but permanently messed up because of her parents' divorce when she was 9? I do not know. No one knows, because the ending was abrupt to say the least. I ...more
Hayley
Gingerbread Girl is a sweet story that provides an insight into the craziness we concoct to make sense of the dangers of everyday life. It's delightfully illustrated and a has an approach which is a touch reminiscent of the work of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, although it fails to live up to his charming quirkiness. The changing narrative viewpoint may annoy some but I thought it added a richness to the plot. I didn't warm to any of the characters, although I empathised with them and was initially thrown ...more
Katie  Kurtz

'Gingerbread Girl,' set in Portland, tells the story of the long term consequences of Annah Billips dealing with her parents divorce. The homunculus/alter ego/possible sister storyline adds a neat psychological twist to Annah's story. We get to know Annah through her two crushes, a pigeon, and a pit bull. I'm pretty sure I was a lot like Annah at 26 - a crazy tease by all appearances that masked some deep hurts. I would like to meet Annah again at 35 and see how she's put herself back together.
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Ryan Mishap
Definitely not my preferred genre of comic book, the best thing about this was that it was set in Portland and that wasn't so great because it wasn't like there were all these great landmarks and stuff put in, except for that book store briefly.

Anyway, a young woman with some sort of dissociative disorder is examined in the first person and also by various characters she interacts with--including a pigeon and a fake magician--, all who talk directly to the reader in what I like to think of as t
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