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Good as Lily

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  1,670 ratings  ·  167 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. A strange mishap on her eighteenth birthday causes Grace Kwon to be confronted with herself at three different periods in her life--ages six, twenty-nine, and seventy--while she and her friends struggle to save a crumbling school play.
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books
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Ashly Nagrant
Just what the world needed: a comic where the whole message is that if you don't date the "nice guy" in high school, you'll end up alone forever and ever and wishing you'd just gone out with that nice boy who knew what your favorite muffin was and golly, he thought you were pretty!

In other words: this is so many teen romance movies in comic form, written by a guy who probably didn't get the girl he wanted in high school and has gotten his revenge by writing a comic where it's made clear the impo
Elizabeth A
This Young Adult graphic novel is a fun and fast read, and I especially liked that the story focused on a Korean-American girl and her story.

Something strange happened to Grace Kwon on her eighteenth birthday. She runs into (literally) herself at three different ages - specifically at ages six, twenty nine, and seventy. Her life is complicated enough, what with applying to colleges, and trying to save a school play, and now she has to deal with her past and her present selves colliding as well.

Sep 08, 2010 Rose rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love simple, wacky/crazy stories in GNs
Recommended to Rose by: Goodreads
"Good as Lily" by Derek Kirk Kim is a quick, sweet story about a Korean American girl named Grace Kwon who celebrates her 18th birthday in a not-so typical way. After getting hit in the head with a pinata bought from a strange old woman, Grace finds herself running into her "selves" - her 6 year old, 29 year old, and 70 year old versions to be specific. Each of them have their own odd eccentricities and things to give Grace (in spite of a few situations where they cause problems for the poor gir ...more
Shaenon Garrity

Okay, obviously I'm biased because my husband and I appear on page 74. But with Derek Kirk Kim writing and Jesse Hamm drawing, it's like the two greatest forces in the universe have combined to bring you an '80s teen movie in comic-book form. Very cute stuff.

SPOILERS: I also like that the entire plot is that the heroine's life will be ruined forever if she doesn't go out with the guy who looks like Derek. Advantage: KIM!
*sigh* I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. It wasn't that it was bad, it's just that it wasn't as good as I expected it to be.

The story itself was decent. There were some funny parts, and some really sweet parts and even some emotional parts. I did actually start to care what happened to Grace and her other selves. The artwork was decent. Not as detailed as I would have liked, but not horrible. My favorite character in the whole book was Grace's oldest other self. She wa
Sarah Goebel
After getting knocked back by a pinata on her 18th birthday, the main character meets her 6, 29, and 70-yr-old selves, all 3 of whom she hides in her bedroom while trying to save the school play which was axed due to school budget cuts. Unfortunately, the copy I recieved from the library was bound incorrectly and was missing a crucial 30 pages 2/3 of the way through...I guess I'll never know if Grace's 29-yr-old self got to make out with the hot drama teacher, sigh. Even considering the missing ...more
I'm just beginning to find my way around graphic novels and I really enjoyed this one about a Korean-American teenage girl, Grace Kwon. On her 18th birthday, Grace meets herself as a 6, 29 and 70 year old. Each of the three "other" Graces hang around until something about their life—at that point in Grace's life—is reconciled. There is a real sweetness to the story, which also deals with high school friendships, rivalry and romance.
Overall Rating: A
Synopsis: Written by Derek Kirk Kim with art by Jesse Hamm, Good As Lily follows Grace Kwon, a young woman who is Korean-American, and a senior in high school. At the beginning of the book, Grace is is about to graduate, and go to Stanford, and it's her 18th birthday. The evening of her birthday, she is visited by herself at ages 6,29, and 70. The older versions of herself have no memory of this happening when they turned 18 (or of the pináta that hit Grace on the head earlier t
Good as Lily is about a girl not named Lily. Lily is in fact dead, and the story revolves around her sister Grace who, on her birthday, discovers three other versions of herself at different ages. Whether they are her future is unclear, it's what they learn about themselves and from each other that becomes important. And of course, being about a teenager it has to have a love story and so we have the ignored friend and the hot for teacher plot. I really have never understood how girls manage to ...more
This book is proof that you can't always trust that books from the same line are equal. I read Plain Janes before this one, and it was safe to hand to my youngest son. This one is not. None of the art is graphic, but it contains a few sexual references that are OK for my 16-year-old, but not for my 12- and 10-year-olds.

The story itself is pretty good. A girl finds three other versions of herself, two from the future and one from the past. She spends the bulk of the book trying to figure out what
I really enjoyed this short graphic novel from Derek Kirk Kim. I picked up this volume after reading his collaboration with another of my favorite graphic novel writers/illustrators, Gene Luen Yang. The whole idea of this comic is brilliant, and that goes the same for the artwork. Grace is a Korean girl who has just turned 18. After celebrating with her friends at a local park, she goes back home and then remembers she left one of the presents back at the park. While there, she runs into herself ...more
This was a fair to middlin graphic novel. I liked the art quite a lot and the story had promise. They could have done more with it, but I'm not disappointed.
I was not impressed with this book in the least. The characters were not fully developed and I could care less what the main character said or did. The story was the same old predictable outcome and I was a little annoyed with how it ended. The illustrations were okay, but because of the general feel of the story I couldn't bring myself to like them. This book was lame and not worth reading, I wouldn't recommend.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
This is a great concept -- when Korean-American teenager Grace Kwon turns 18, something rips in the time-space continuum, and all of a sudden, she's got three new companions: her 6-year-old self, her 29-year-old self, and her 70-year-old self. They aren't the imaginary products of a splintered psyche, they're real walking, talking people, throwing pies at her nemesis, coming on to her drama teacher, and filching her dad's cigarettes.

Each is a manifestation or warning to Grace about the choices s
Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm (who deserves equal credit for storytelling - comics is a visual medium!) create a believable story about a young woman in her last year of high school and facing uncertainties about her future life. Kim packs many layers into a short novel - only 125 pages, yet several story lines of romance, regret, remorse, and revenge. And other words that start with "re" - but it all works, all ties together sweetly and humorously.
Aug 25, 2008 Agathafrye rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nearly any teen girl
Very cool storyline, and I loved the artwork in this Minx graphic novel. The main character Grace is an awesome and authentically flawed teen who somehow ends up having to hang out with herself at age 6, 29, and 70 years old for a week or so. Of course, she learns some lessons from her previous and future selves along the way. Only slightly related: I really want a backscratching tshirt like the one that Grace's best friend gave her for her birthday.
Gayle Francis Moffet
On Grace's 18th birthday, she finds herself meeting up with her 6-year-old self, her 29-year-old self, and her 70-year-old self. Each of her other selves is there to teach her a lesson, naturally, and what follows is a fun, heartfelt book that does a good job exploring what might be for this young woman.

One of the great strengths of this book is Grace's collection of friends. They all like one another and support one another. There's some teasing to be had, but it's never mean-spirited. Grace's
Good as Lily is clearly the best book that the new Minx line has released to date. Kim's device of having the 18 year old Lily meet herself as a child, adult, and senior citizen elevates this book above the typical fare in young adult fiction. Instead it is about growing up, how it is not just the province of adolescence but a process we are always undertaking, a much more universal theme.
As someone who answers the question of "If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose?" with a (narcissistic? self-centered?) response ("I'd invite younger self and my older self...preferably 20 years younger and 20 years older!"), I was eager to read a comic in which the newly 18 protag, by unusual circumstances, meets her 6-year-old self, 29-year-old self, and 70-year-old self.

What shenanigans will occur?!

It was never really explained WHY these unusual circumstances
An interesting story about woulda coulda shoulda and unfinished business. The art was a bit wonky in some parts.
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. A unique perspective that makes you look into your own life and think what your past and future selves might have to say about your everyday choices. It may be somewhat cliche, but I found it a good reminder to really appreciated what you have, to respect others because they have insecurities too and that each stage of your life teaches you things that you should take forward with you into your future. A really interesting concept that could have maybe gone a ...more
A typical story of the anxiety of major changes: 18th birthday aka “adulthood,” college acceptance letters, maturing relationships: takes on an atypical twist or three. I’m not referring to the presence of past and future selves; somehow that does not seem rare. I think it is that intriguing struggle between each of the Graces to control their fate.

Grace Kwon expresses significant anxieties in her different ages and situations. Kim’s resolution is not as simple as ‘there is one solution to save
Alissa Bach
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El Templo
"Grace Kwon acaba de cumplir 18 años y de "regalo" recibe la visita de sus "yos" con 6, 29 y 70 años, ¡como si la vida de adolescente no fuese suficientemente complicada de por sí! Cómo aparecen en su vida probablemente tiene que ver con una extraña piñata en forma de cerdito que se resiste a romper. El porqué de esta visita tan especial lo irás descubriendo a medida que pases las páginas del cómic. Ante todo, es una historia de aprendizaje, de descubrimiento y de amistad. Si algo tiene Como Lil ...more
Lauren  Librarian
The title sucks. I tend to really notice when a title has really nothing to do with the overall theme of the story. While I really loved the character development and overall novelty of the story, the name doesn't quite do it justice. I also didn't like the "Regifters" title, so maybe these books are just poorly titled.

Anyway. This book is not about Lily. The book is about a girl named Grace who gets an empty pinata on her 18th birthday party. The reason it's empty, is that the prizes inside ma
Shiva Esfandnia
“Good as Lily” is a graphic novel written by Derek Kirk Kim and illustrated by Jesse Hamm. The young adult novel tells the story of Grace Kwon who encounters a series of weird events when turning 18. That night, she meets 3 different aged versions of herself – a 6, 29 and 70 year old. Together, she tries to help them / help herself get them out of her life, all the while trying to save her collapsing school play which was axed due to school budget cut.

The illustrations in the graphic novel were
Good As Lily is a graphic novel written by Derek Kirk Kim and illustrated by Jesse Hamm. It tells the story of a teenager, Grace Kwon, who is celebrating her eighteenth birthday when something really strange happens. After getting hit by a piñata, she comes across three different versions of herself from different periods in her life— a little girl at age 6, a mature woman at age 29, and an old lady at age 70. Together they try to figure out how they got there, while trying to salvage Grace’s sc ...more
Ange (MarmaladeLibby of Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Grace Kwon's 18th birthday celebration with her friends in the park ends rather bizarrely when ends up buying a pinate from a cart instead of ice cream and then when she finally breaks it open it not only lands on her head, but also is EMPTY! :( When she realizes in the night that she's left her cool new t-shirt from her guy pal in the park she sneaks back to get it only to find 3 more versions of herself there. How did this happen? What is she going to do about herself at 6, 29 and 70 strolling ...more

I will be honest with you, I'm not normally a manga, comic cartoon book person. However, I highly enjoyed this book. It was fun, hilarious and had a bit of fantasy creeping around the corners. The cover is interesting, I like the way they have shown her at each of her ages, but the age she is currently at in colour where-as the others are tinted red. However, I would have liked to have seen a little more colour as I found it didn't immediately catch your eye.

It all begins on Grace's 18th birt
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Derek Kirk Kim is an award-winning Korean-American cartoonist. He won both major industry awards in 2004, the Eisner and the Harvey, for his debut graphic novel Same Difference and Other Stories, which was originally serialized on his website Lowbright (formerly known as "Small Stories"). He also won the Ignatz Award for promising new talent, in 2003, for the same graphic novel (which was original ...more
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