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"The road to god knows..." is the story of Marie, a teenage girl coming to grips with her Mom’s schizophrenia. There’s no handbook, no guide to help her deal with what life throws at her. As a result, she’s struggling to grow up fast; wrestling with poverty, loneliness, and her Mom’s illness every step of the way.

Betty, Marie’s Mom, can’t help; she’s living with an illness
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Paperback, Graphic Novel, 148 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by Von Allan Studio (first published October 2009)
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Idleprimate
It offers an understated but poignant tale of strained adolescence, depicting a young woman coping with the her mother’s schizophrenia. It’s as simple as that, nothing sensational, or self-helpy, no great revelations, just a series of painstaking and loving details of days in a girl’s life. The dialogue is character driven, lusciously breaking all kinds of narrative rules in order to draw you into the difficult moments of a person’s life, at an age when expression and disclosure are choked. And ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Summary: I think the author's own sub-title pretty much sums up the story: "an Original Graphic Novel about Hope, Friendship, Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, and a Young Teenage Girl Coping with Her Life and Coming of Age in a Broken but Loving Family".

Comments: This is Canadian Von Allan's first published book. It is an incredibly powerful story. Marie is a young teenager, 13 or 14, dealing with poverty, being teased at school, having only one friend (though a true best friend), parents who do n
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Pooker
Until I picked up this book, I'd never read a graphic novel cover to cover. I viewed them as mere comic books and like comic books entirely beneath me, my discerning tastes and my snobby nose.

But I convinced the author of this book to donate two of his graphic novels for prize purposes to a book blogger running a Canadian book challenge. So I thought in exchange I'd read and review his books. Here's what I thought:

Riffling the pages of the book when I first picked it up, I was a bit concerned th
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Esme_weatherwax
I must say that this is the most serious graphic novel I have read. At times it was hard to read. Even though it is not the easiest story to read, emotionality wise it is a good one. It is real and gritty. I have a feeling that the author was telling his story but had himself portrayed as a girl. I found the two girl's friendship to be heartwarming. I liked how he had a song which related to what was going on starting out each chapter.
I found the drawing style to be ok. I really liked his backg
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Neal
As a mental health professional, I've been looking forward to reading this. It took a bit for me to be drawn into it, probably because I was wanting to see less about Marie's struggles and more about her mother's mental illness. The story is Marie' story, and as such, it stayed with me. Any book that stays with me is a success. The author also got it right on what it can be like to have a family member with a severe mental illness.
Wayne
This is a book about the relationship between a mother / daughter and girlfriend. The mom has schizophrenia and is in and out of treatment, and the daughter has a thing for all-fake wrestling. The characters were all pretty interesting and the art was fitting for the story. It will be interesting to see what comes next from this creator- Von Allan.
Von Allan
Sep 05, 2007 Von Allan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone!
the road to god knows... is my own book so I'm a tad biased on this front. With that in mind, I'd say it's truly fantastic and should be read by every single person on the planet. Even if they don't read English. It's that good! :)
Mare
A poignant look at the life of an adolescent submerged in her mother's mental illness.
Frances
Sweet, sad, frightening, and patient.
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Von Allan was born red-headed and freckled in Arnprior, Ontario, just in time for Star Wars: A New Hope. The single child of two loving but troubled parents, Von split most of his childhood between their two homes and, consequently, spent a lot of time in the worlds of comics and wrestling. And, to be perfectly honest, what comics and piledrivers didn't teach him, science fiction did. He worked at ...more
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