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A + E 4ever

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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  401 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a l ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Lethe Press
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Raina
When I think about this book, I don't particularly think about the plot. Yes, it's about two gender-nonconforming teens who become friends and consider more. And yes, I was completely enraptured reading it - sucked into asher and eulalie's lives. Pretty sure I read this in one sitting.
And the story is important and the story is heartbreaking, and the story is adorable, and the story makes my chest swell just thinking about it.

But ultimately it's the aesthetic of this that I'm really obsessed wi
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Jun Nozaki
Reading this book was like going back in time, to the time of awkward teenagers in high school, to the time of confusion, to the time of the cruelty of puberty.

While I have to admit that my own slice of that period was quite easy, I had plenty of friends who (combined) had the same sort of issues that A and E experienced. Even though our high school was very tolerant, some lesser fortunate kids were going through a subtler version of the conflicts in this book.

Following the friendship of A and
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James Femmer
I was given a copy of this to review by Lethe Press. I am not a graphic novel reader habitually, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I read it in one sitting, and by the end of it two words came to me that described the experience.

Heartbreaking. Beautiful.

I found the art to have just the right level of impressionism to it – emotions exaggerated almost crudely, perhaps from a bit of manga influence. Asher, the boy, is androgynous and beautiful. Eulalie is tall, tough, with long hair shaved on the si
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Arminzerella
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Genna Sarnak
Asher Machnik is a shy, effeminate soul who just wants his junior year at his new high school to go by quickly, painlessly. Terrified of being physically touched (with a real phobia that makes him break down and sweat), Asher throws himself whole-heartedly into his sketchbook, escaping within his drawings.

Unfortunately for him, Asher’s soft features and androgynous look make him a target for the school’s ignorant bullies. But it’s this same delicacy, this fragility, that draws Eulalie to Asher
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David Stewart
I'm not sure entirely what to think about this book. It does some things very well, does some things very poorly, and touches on topics that are frustratingly absent in 95% of most media.

The story is about a couple of high school kids who are androgynous. The female character, Eu, is sometimes boyish looking but straight. The male character, Ash, is feminine looking and bi-sexual. They meet as outcasts in the same typical high school and form a bond that lasts for...a little bit.

The story focu
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Nathan
This book was amazing. I really loved it, all the way through. Eu and Ash were unbelievably real, dimensional, and flawed in all the right ways. I felt like they could be anybody. They could have been people who I went to school with, people who come into where I work. They were that real. Eu actually reminded me of one of my best friends from grade 12 in the way she talked an acted.
The book expresses very well the confusion that comes with being a teenager. Both main characters dance around the
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Samrat
Gawd, this is just such a beautiful book. I really loved the aesthetic of the drawings. The page design is breathtaking, with panels placed as needed for the specific emotion of each scene. This feels intensely autobiographical - not necessarily in plot, but in the unshakeable sense that the author is genuinely a member of the included subcultures. This isn't genderqueer from the outside. It bothered me that Ash's eating disorder seemed to be romanticized, but I think that's my only complaint. T ...more
Kerri
Very good! Really, just a typical teenage love story, following the classic storyline, but with a refreshing look into the complexities of sexuality and gender identity, where, as noted in the plot summary, everything isn't always black and white (Thank you!) The author does a great job of developing the two main characters (something that isn't always accomplished satisfactorily in graphic novels, in my opinion) so that the path their relationship eventually takes is believable and realistic. A ...more
Jan
Ilike Merey's first graphic novel is an amazing, beautifully drawn and scripted tale of the relationship between a feminine-looking boy and a girl who looks and acts like a tough lesbian. This was HOT! I'd love to give it to all my young cousins, but I'm afraid their parents would freak. Can't wait to see what Ilike Merey does next.
Kate O'Hanlon
This is a sweet graphic novel about two androgynous bisexual teenagers figuring out whether they like each other or not that I would like to mail back in time to my 16 year old self who probably would have gone nuts for it. I liked that Eu and Ash were both very nuanced in their identity and not just standard bearers for gender-fuck, which is an easy way to go wrong with these sorts of characters. The ending seemed a little rushed after the leisurely pace of the rest of the story.

I do get sligh
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Carlo
This graphic novel had an interesting format I have not encountered in many before. The layout and the use of lettering was very unique. For example, the author does not use speech-bubbles at all. What characters are feeling and what they are saying is all derived from context and the placement of text, not bubbles, and there is sometimes very much dialogue, almost like a script or a screenplay. It was in some ways like reading a movie. The art is rough and emotional, part manga and part somethi ...more
Dayna Ingram
I know I entered a giveaway for this, but I couldn't wait to read it. I know some readers find the back-of-the-book description to be misleading - Eu is NOT actually a lesbian. Though neither character really ever labels themselves, the only sexual relationships Eu has are with men, and Ash goes both ways.

Anyway. Just wanted to clarify.

I love the style of this book, how there aren't really panels and everything is kind of messy and raw. It seems both limiting and freeing at the same time, for th
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Emily
wow, sad lovely strange, what a great book sometimes the illustrations were hard to cope with and the text difficult to read but its beautiful and weird
Tracey
i heard about this book through the stonewall awards and it was pretty high on my to-read list. unfortunately the library didn't have the book. so i put myself on the waiting list. three long months later i got it. and this graphic novel was definitely worth the wait.

ASH is a boy who looks like a girl who likes boys and girls. got all that, because it took me a while to get it. anyway, he comes to this new school where everyone is trying to kick his ass. that is until EU steps in and saves the d
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Alex
Overall
A touching story of high school romance that involves character growth, thoughts on sexuality and gender, and bullying. Aside from an overall enjoyment, the story had some gaping holes that left me blinking in surprise, wondering where the rest was.

Strengths
The art style won't be to everyone's liking, but the rawness felt appropriate for the characters who are edgy and fringe. The construction of the pages was sometimes hard to follow, but never confusing enough to disrupt the story or co
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Eileen Currie
I just finished this book, by that I mean i just finished it all of thirty seconds ago and had to put my review up here eve it will absolutely no sense because I am currently to astonished by what I just read to be coherent enough to write a good review. This was one of the most amazing graphic novels I have read. This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. this is one of the most amazing written work I have read in the longest time. I just couldn't put it down even when my mom calle ...more
Moni
a+e 4ever, is a story about Ash gay boy with an androgynous face who just wants to be left alone, and Eu a tough talking goth dressing girl who gets called a dyke. It details their complicated friendship as Ash explores his sexuality while Eu suffers from an unrequited love for Ash. I personally relate to this novel in many ways; I associate my humor with Eu and I experienced unrequited love for a best friend and the music and art they discuss adds depth to the story. Actually I really identify ...more
Brittany
Asher and Eulalie are cast out by their peers because they look different. Asher is a bit androgynous and Eulalie is tall and looks a bit like a dyke. Luckily they meet each other. They hang our listening to music and drawing. Life is good until Eu realizes that she wants more than friendship with Asher. At first she doesn't mind, because he is into guys. When he mentions that he might be into girls too though, Eu is devastated. She just wants him to feel comfortable with her and care about her ...more
Misha
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Elizabeth
Just beautiful. The artwork is stunning. Gorgeous melting lines, curves and shades. And I loved the story. Really accurately conveys how blurred everything is in teenage (and beyond) relationships. The blurred boundaries of gender, sexuality, and friendship are done with such deftness and truth. Nothing is just any one thing. No experience purely good, purely bad. The world of Ash and Eulalie is one where the obvious truth is all is confusion, from the adult world to the high school microcosm, f ...more
Gary Cohen
This book was recommended to me by a friend who I now realize is a filthy, filthy pervert. And worse I realize that she must think I'm a filthy, filthy pervert if she would think I would like this book

I'm kidding. But I know she reads my reviews. Hi Marie!

This is a very powerful book. It's a graphic novel. The art is very stark, very raw. There are definitely some Manga influences to it but you also feel like you might be looking at someone's sketchbook, or a graphic diary.

This book is about fr
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Tessa
I liked this both for its authenticity and art.

The art was sketchy but on the refined side of sketchy, with moments of pure drawing, befitting the subject matter (teenagers who love to draw and their complicated friendship). There was much dialogue, inner and outer, but the book was well-designed so I always knew who was talking and if they were saying it out loud.

Eulalie in particular reminded me of a certain teen I once supervised, in her awkward use of slang to seem more cultured/different an
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Christina G
3.5 stars. Maybe the queerest book I've read for teens, in that so many lines and genders and sexualities are blurred and confused (not in a bad way, but a realistic way). It's partially a story of unrequited love between a tough, androgynous girl and a genderqueer bi(?) boy, and partially a story about the latter's coming of age.

This is not a book for the prudish. This book is a raw nerve, with dark scenes on drug use, rape, bullying, and loneliness. Maybe for the alienated, dark, artsy types.

I
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Sean
I really enjoyed this book on so many levels. The art is simply fantastic with a strange mix of manga influences. The story is interesting and confusing and yet incredibly beautiful. This is not a happy tale filled with sunshine and unicorn farts. It is depressing, joyful, disturbing, and unrelenting. As a book that deals heavily with confused sexuality and what defines "love", it is a gem and a valid look into a subculture that most people try to ignore or ridicule. This book perfectly illustra ...more
Erin
This book was just okay to me. I am not a graphic novel reader, but enjoyed the book in some aspects. The content of the book felt very realistic to me in many ways. Ash and Eu have a friendship that I think many teenagers of the opposite struggle with - can they be just friends or is there more. Ash's home life was a struggle and he and his sister had to figure out how to survive without the support of their parents. The book was overly sexualized for my taste - especially for teenagers. I thin ...more
Kricket
i love: the idea and storyline of this book, and the exploration of sexualities that aren't definable in terms most people are comfortable with. love the artwork with its manga influences and occasional chibi faces.

i didn't like: that i literally could not read one of the fonts used. the writing seemed confusing and pretentious in places. i couldn't figure out why the characters used so much british lingo when they seemed to live somewhere near vancouver- and even some of that was used incorrec
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Jennifer Haight
3.5 stars

"...a story powered by yearning...it shares with Yaoi (Boy Love Manga) a searing energy of unrequited love." -Lambda Literary Review

Two unlikely friends, the pretty boy Asher and the tough girl Eulalie crash into each other trying to discover who they are. They are both exploring their sexuality and are determined to not be defined or confined by any societal labels. Living without labels has it complications.

The story is told in sections divided sometimes by day, sometimes by event.
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Kathryn Fulton
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Elizabeth A
This graphic novel is done in an unusual style - no regular boxes, no talk bubbles, and the art is sketchier than most. Adolescent years can be rough, especially for kids who stick out in any way. This boy meets girl story is not one usually written about. Tender. Gritty. Well worth a read.
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