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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Soaring Penguin
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You know those movies from the 1960s that are all pointed bosoms, covert ciggies and dirty dancing with boys who favor slicked hair and switchblades. Cautionary tales. Second base bookended by car races. Where a lesser-known character is sacrificed to present a life lesson:

“Hey, girls. Don’t get all whack from the flask and try nightswimming at Coney Island.”

So starts Ellen Lindner’s charmingly -- I’m not sure “campy” is exactly the right word, but it’ll do in a pinch -- campy graphic novel “U
It took me far too long to read this - I kept falling asleep. And I can't figure out quite what the problem was. The story was a little wooden, but not terribly so.

Honestly, I think the main problem I had with this book was the quality of printing. This would have been SO much better printed in color -- but more than that, the inside pages look like a bad Xerox job. It bugged me, but more than that, I think it aesthetically flattened the story.

It WAS really interesting to get a sense of what l
Great coming of age story about a 15 year old girl in 1960s Coney Island, a time where this new generation of 'teenagers' were on the rise, as well as this amazing boardwalk culture. This is one of the best examples of storytelling through a graphic novel format, with such a amazing flow through out the entire text and images. Where many graphic novels are too guilty of having so-called awkward pause occurring, Lindner is able to make amazingly smooth transitions from panel to panel.
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