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Lucille (Lucille #1)

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LUCILLE es un vivo retrato de uno de los problemas clave entre la juventud actual: la anorexia y el autorechazo. De la mano de un joven Debeurme, consolidado ya como una de las grandes promesas de la “nouvelle B.D.” francesa, esta cautivadora novela gráfica nos acerca a la vida de una adolescente cuyo mencionado problema y una baja autoestima dificultan su relación con los ...more
544 pages
Published (first published June 13th 2006)
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Raina
Lucille is an anorexic French girl living an isolated life.
Arthur is the son of a drunken Polish fisherman who likes to psych out his classmates with stories about Satan.

Our story starts kind of slowly (although with 544 pages to work with, you might as well take your time), but once the connections get made, things just GO. It broke my heart to watch these two damaged kids try to come of age during so much trauma. In some ways I wish it was YA-safe, as I know many teens would connect. But I'd n
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Anya
Sparse and very Jeffrey Brown-ish when it comes to the art (I don't like Jeffrey B, btw) but it was very realistic how anorexia was portrayed. I might read the second volume because I am curious about what happens next.
David Schaafsma
Oct 19, 2012 David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-european
Terrific book, very sparely done, and the characters and their stories come together in such interesting ways. We come to care for the characters a great deal in all their damage and vulnerability and strength and humor. Not much humor, admittedly, as these are fragile, troubled teens. Complex and not easy to like, but ultimately very likeable, and their spare stories are served by the spare style. First in three books, Renee next, and I will be reading, for sure. I am mystified by low reviews a ...more
Dov Zeller
Apr 01, 2016 Dov Zeller rated it liked it
Shelves: graphics-comics
Caution: plot elements revealed in this review.

"Lucille" is the first in a series of graphic novels by French artist Ludovic Dubuerme. It's an epic tale of two tragic teens who suffer from family turmoil and feel out of place in the world until they find each other and make a desperate, brave and awkward attempt to escape. Of course they carry their baggage with them and very soon after leaving home have to contend with not only their own demons, but also a cartoonishly evil brother-sister team.
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Dani Shuping
Aug 23, 2011 Dani Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
ARC provided by netGalley

Lucille is a young, awkward teenage girl in high school who is not quite sure of herself. She just wants to be normal like everyone else and her one childhood doll. But alas, Lucille thinks she's ugly and is slowly dying from anorexia. She wants to become so thin she doesn't even exist anymore. And into the picture enters Arthur (also known as Vladimir), whose plagued by OCD, convinces others to worship Satan, and whose father is a drunk fisherman who ends up killing him
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Kirsten
Feb 06, 2012 Kirsten rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this one. I really liked the artwork, and I found portions of the plot captivating. However, I'm not sure how I felt about it as a whole.

Lucille is a teenage girl with anorexia. She is not doing too much to survive (she gains weight in the hospital, then takes it off again as soon as she is unsupervised) until she meets a teenage boy named Arthur. Arthur has his own problems: his relationship with his alcoholic father is very troubled. Arthur resorts to obsessive-compulsive
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Sean
Jun 16, 2016 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix, 2016

Beautifully rendered but problematic in some of its plot points. It's easy to get distracted and carried away by Debeurme's engaging storytelling style, but that doesn't change the fact that he glosses over certain issues integral to the story, and implicitly condones some questionable behavior. Going into detail would spoil the plot, though, and I don't feel particularly compelled to explain it anyway. Instead I recommend reading this review if you don't mind plot spoilers and are interested in
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Derek Parker
Feb 08, 2016 Derek Parker rated it really liked it
I didn't read this book when it was first released, but I have done so now in anticipation of Debeurme's new work, Renee. This is a solid story, and the art reminds me (at times) of Jules Feiffer, especially in those moments where the illustration is more iconic and the characters are represented in full form and with minimal context.
Paul
Jan 27, 2017 Paul rated it it was amazing
Stunningly beautiful and practically impossible to put down.
Dani Peloquin
Aug 22, 2011 Dani Peloquin rated it did not like it
I picked up this book recently because many of the reviews I read compared it to "Blankets". While I didn't adore "Blankets", it had a certain appeal to me that I still haven't been able to put my finger on. I thought that maybe this book would have that same appeal. Unfortunately, I felt that it had all of the negative aspects of "Blankets" and none of the positives. I know I shouldn't compare it to another work, but even on its own I found it lacking.

The graphic novel follows Lucille who is a
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Feather Mista
May 02, 2011 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adolescentes
Recommended to Feather by: Que estaba a mano
Durante quinientas y pico de páginas el autor nos narra la conmovedora historia de Lucille, una chica con anorexia, y cómo va pasando del autorrechazo a la aceptación en parte gracias al autodescubrimiento de si misma que logra a través del amoramor. El dibujo no es muy rico en detalles que digamos pero cumple su función narrativa más que bien. Particularmente agradable es la metamorfosis de Lucille, que pasa de ser un bicho feo a una chica bonita, que supongo será un recurso del autor para most ...more
Rick
Jul 16, 2011 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
The English language debut of the lauded French cartoonist Debeurme, Lucille chronicles the parallel lives of troubled teens Lucille and Arthur. Both living with dysfunctional families, the former suffers from anorexia. The latter, a burgeoning schizophrenic, struggles with the legacy of an alcoholic, prideful father. Debeurme's simplistic and elegant art slowly unveils these complex characters, deftly maneuvering them into a meeting. A powerful connection emerges as the duo travel across Europe ...more
skein
May 10, 2014 skein rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, 2014
interesting, very interesting. very French.
am very mad that it's one of two, and only the first is translated to English. I WILL NEVER LEARN WHAT HAPPENS (unless i become fluent in French and track it down -- more likely that i will just never know.)

Fuck.
Namitha Varma
A very touching portrayal of an adolescent's problems with dysfunctional families, and of self-discovery. I especially loved the dream interpretations.
Vale
Jun 23, 2012 Vale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I personaggi sono linee che delimitano il bianco del foglio, mai vista prima tanta delicatezza, grazia e sofferenza per descrivere l'adolescenza. Una grande graphic novel.
Adrian Duţă
Sep 23, 2015 Adrian Duţă rated it liked it
Interesting book
Erik
Feb 04, 2017 Erik rated it liked it
500+ pages, but a very quick read nonetheless. Admirable story, sparse artwork. Not perfect, but a good few hours of engagement and I imagine a decent (if limited) representation of what it's like to live with anorexia.

There's a part 2, and I may read it, but I haven't decided yet. Hm...
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
Teenager Lucille is having identity issues. The book starts off with her addressing her sexual needs and looking at her thin stalk-like body in vain. The boy she is interested in has jumped out of her research team to work with a girl he likes. She is worried that no one will like her, and her mother isn't too helpful when Lucille asks her about it, saying that Lucille's looks doesn't matter since she has brains. Lucille's identity issues soon escalate sending her into a spiraling abyss of anore ...more
Penelope
Jan 11, 2011 Penelope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those stories with a plot that seems completely natural, even serendipitous. Fateful encounters, poetic irony, it's all here, and it all works. Nothing seems forced, which is not an easy task in a story that involves such heavy topics as suicide, anorexia, and teenage runaways. Such a story could easily seem contrived, but "Lucille" succeeds in being a touching, beautiful love story. Both Lucille and Vladimir are fragile, flawed, and, unbeknownst to themselves, incredibly tough. T ...more
Matt Mendoza
Jul 07, 2015 Matt Mendoza rated it really liked it
A solid, emotional story about life as young people trying to carve a place for themselves. The characters are engaging and authentic. Ludovic Debeurme's drawings flow and unrestricted by panels. I especially like how he freely uses negative space and blank pages of varying colors for emphasis and emotion. Along these lines, his pages are powerful and there's a couple two-page spreads that work especially well. His dialogue is sparse and economic and is perhaps his work's strongest feature. His ...more
Matt Hartzell
May 01, 2015 Matt Hartzell rated it really liked it
Shelves: ogn-indie
This French graphic novel was a great read. It follows the troubled lives of two teenagers, and it's a haunting and at times disturbing work. It made me very thankful that I grew up in a stable home, free of violence, alcoholism, suicide and some of the other issues addressed in the book.

While reading it, I at first found myself rolling my eyes at some of the dumb choices the young characters make. However, as I reflected on the work, I began to remember some of the ways I acted as a teenager, a
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Romane
Apr 30, 2015 Romane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A captivating and intense book that played with all of my emotions. Revolves around the lives of two teens; Lucille — an anorexic girl; and Arthur — a young man who seems lost and scared in following his bloodline's tradition. They found their safe haven in each other's company.

The plot looks very normal at first, but then I realized that I could never really see something coming in the story line. It's very unpredictable, and it's hard to make assumptions about the twists and turns.

This is
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Katie
Jun 19, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme is a supremely personal-feeling graphic novel that really tugs at your heart-strings. It follows two extremely screwed up teenagers and their lives up until they meet and then what happens after they meet.

It felt so personal, I'm wondering just how much of it is fiction. It felt like looking at someone's illustrated journal. It is so raw that the very simple drawings make you pay attention to the achingly painful story. Anorexia, suicide, attempted rape, this story r
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angie
Mar 05, 2012 angie rated it really liked it
I was a bit skeptical about a graphic novel tackling the issues of anorexia nervosa and depression, but now I feel kind of bad about my initial doubts, especially since I'm pretty new to the world of graphic novels and didn't really have much room to judge ahead of time. If anything this type of medium lends the story Ludovic Debuerme has to tell a touching vulnerability and aching awareness of just how hard it is to be young and suffering from such debilitating diseases as anorexia and depressi ...more
Hollowspine
Oct 06, 2011 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A story of two lost souls. A girl, with a slight Electra complex develops severe body issues leading her down the path of anorexia. Meanwhile a boy deals with a dysfunctional family centered around his alcoholic father. The stress of his unpredictable environment leads him to develop coping measures such as counting his footsteps and heartbeats as well as developing other rituals to keep bad things from happening.

The two meet once in the hospital, then form a bond while the boy works for a pharm
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Cari Cole
Jul 10, 2012 Cari Cole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Lucille." Lucille... lucille. So beautifully executed are the words and images presented in this graphic novel. I must have read it five times in one sitting, just to make sure I absorbed everything. I was left tearful and hungry for more of Debeurme's imagination. Every character reminded me of someone I have met at one time or another, every setting felt familiar, and every word spoken rang so true.
Before "Lucille," I was limiting myself to the world of superheroes and fantasy; I was hardly a
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Rebecca Ann
Mar 08, 2012 Rebecca Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not sure I've ever read 500 pages so fast, lol. Something about the format and style of the illustrations appealed to me. I loved that it wasn't in traditional frames, and was completely linear, like sketches in someone's notebook. The drawings were peculiar and charming, despite the heavy subjects that come up in the story. An anorexic girl named Lucille meets a boy with OCD and depression whose father has killed himself. They run away together and get into some trouble. The characters were eas ...more
Derek
Dec 02, 2013 Derek rated it liked it
I'm still working through my feelings about this graphic novel. There's a lot of deep topics here, from anorexia and depression to suicide and family struggles, but the whole thing feels like the first part of the story, and it lacks the closure I tend to like in my epic stories. It's definitely a book for adults, dealing openly with the character's growing sexuality and their individual struggles to define themselves and their relationship.

The art is done in a minimalist style, which works ver
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Sarah
Jun 28, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I picked up an english translation of this graphic novel this morning in a coffee shop and fell totally in love.

Its the story of two high school students both very damaged trying to find their own identities, they run away together. I found it all very relatable and emotional. It sort of deals with the conflict of being young, but also being damaged, of feeling old and dying when your own life hasn't even begun yet. They are able to escape their suffocating lives and find something new, but are
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Erika
Aug 02, 2015 Erika rated it really liked it
I would find this graphic novel highly charming if it weren't for its bluntness and revelation of the harsh realities of anorexia, racism, violence, and so forth. The drawings, however, are understated and quaint. Font evokes the adolescence of these characters in its almost childlike natural scrawl. I found the issues explored to be sensitive, but also worth pulling through in reading to the end. There are moments where I LOL'ed! My younger self identifies with the struggles elucidated, so some ...more
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