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Good as Lily

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  1,888 Ratings  ·  178 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
Feb 27, 2009 Ashly Nagrant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Mar 31, 2016 Vivian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story and the characters were all flat. The story was predictable and cheesy. The characters lacked any dimension and depth. The resolutions seemed really awkward and forced. The whole if-you-don't-date-the-nice-guy-you-will-end-up-lonely-and-regretful-and-suicidal thing left a really bad taste in my mouth, to the say the least. I did however enjoy the friendship within the book but not enough to warrant an extra star or half star. The art was okay. I got absolutely nothing out of this so ye ...more
Grace is celebrating her 18th birthday with her friends. Once the party is over and she's home, she realizes she forgot one of the gifts at the park and goes back to get it. As she's looking for her gift she finds a little girl who's alone, crying and lost in the park. They then hear a woman yelling for help as she's drowning in the lake. Grace attempts to help her but remembers she can't swim. She sees an old lady and asks for her help. After they rescue the drowning lady, they all realize they ...more
Jun 06, 2010 Rose rated it liked it  ·  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
Zen Cho
I quite liked this! The art wasn't very good, but I liked that most of the main characters were Asian and they didn't make a big deal of it. The protag wasn't very likeable, but that was all right -- she was a fairly believable teenager, and she wasn't so annoying she made me want to put the book down.

I found the storyline disappointing, though. At first I thought they were going to explore, y'know, important things in her life, so the kid represented Grace's angst about her parents loving Lily
Shaenon Garrity
Aug 16, 2007 Shaenon Garrity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

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
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.

Aug 20, 2007 Korynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2009 Dani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Sarah Goebel
Jan 30, 2008 Sarah Goebel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics
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 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:
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.
Feb 12, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin Reilly-Sanders
As yet another graphic novel from Minx, I remain impressed with the quality of their publications. So often graphic novels seem to suffer from mediocre story lines but these fail to disappoint. Instead, Good as Lily excels with a plot that is intriguing with a thoughtful message softly nestled inside. Additionally, the plot line is easily carried through dialog, the medium of the graphic novel and contains a decent amount of action that gives the illustrator enough material to play with to make ...more
Aug 02, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing. The general story line is good, where Grace meets herself at 3 different ages. The execution, however, was not as such. The writing was not bad, but I was not fond of the drawings. As a graphic novel I could read it quickly. And I'm glad that I could, because I did not want it to go on any longer. There were some relatable parts of the story, but other than that, nothing special. Also, the title, Good as Lily, has almost nothing to to with the story. Lily is Grace's dead ...more
Aug 25, 2008 Agathafrye rated it really liked it  ·  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.
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.
Wonderful. Kim has written a perfect little story in which Grace, on her 18th birthday is presented with herself at 6, 29, and very old. In three acts we watch as all the Graces find an opportunity to make all their lives better. I rather like that we're never told how the other-aged Graces managed to show up, and that Grace doesn't want to know her future. A perfect story.
Dec 23, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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.
Feb 10, 2008 Lilburninbean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible, terrible writing. Completely over-the-top dialogue--it's like the authors tried too hard to mimic what they perceive to be the way eighteen-year-olds talk and behave. It didn't work. I tried really hard to give this book a chance, even though after two pages I was already in pain. I was embarassed for the writers.
Sep 05, 2016 Miss rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed it but i question the idea that not dating one guy in high school means you will end up sad and lonely forever. noooooot sure how derek kirk kim didn't look at his plotline and question whether that was really what he wanted to write into his ya graphic novel for girls

2.5 stars
Oct 12, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story about woulda coulda shoulda and unfinished business. The art was a bit wonky in some parts.
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.
Julie Ehlers
Sep 16, 2011 Julie Ehlers rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Ugh. This is what happens when two men try to write a book for young women--the whole thing becomes about landing a boyfriend. Lame.
Dec 13, 2016 Vi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like an older teen's Drama or Smile.
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
Author: Jessie Hamm
Contributor: Jared K. Fletcher (Contribution by)
Publication Date:2007
Publisher: DC Comics, New York, NY

School Library Journal
( November 01, 2007 ; 1-4012-1381-2 )

Gr 7 Up-Grace Kwon's friends throw her a surprise 18th birthday party with a picnic in the park. There they meet a strange vendor who refuses to sell them ice cream, but sells them a pig-shaped pi-ata instead. When it finally breaks after falling on Grace's head, she learns that it's empty. Later that night, when she
Aug 31, 2013 Moonlight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, books-i-own

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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