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AEIOU: Any Easy Intimacy (The Girlfriend Trilogy #3)

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The final chapter of Jeffrey Brown's so-called "Girlfriend Trilogy." "AEIOU" continues to explore the subtleties of relationships examined in "Clumsy" and "Unlikely," concentrating this time on the differences between knowing and loving someone, invoking the reader's relationship with the book as a parallel to being involved with someone. The story is told with Brown's tra ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Top Shelf Productions (first published 2005)
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Allison
Sep 24, 2010 Allison rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was on the chair in my living room last night, so I read it. There are dozens upon dozens of graphic novels like this, and I fully don't understand why they get published. I didn't find it particularly original or interesting or witty or romantic or thoughtful or deep or any other thing that I look for in books. I wasn't even very fond of the art - I'm not sure how much time went into those scribbled drawings and boring dialogue. As for the story line. . . snore. What makes him think he's i ...more
Jamie Felton
Apr 18, 2008 Jamie Felton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, love-stories
I actually liked this particular homage to Jeffrey Brown's girlfriend-opedia the very best. His relationship with Sofia has a lot of holes where you're left wondering what exactly went on; however, the point is that it doesn't matter. In the same way that silhouettes create shapes in negative space, Brown manages to convey feelings and disappointment without spelling it out; you have to read between the lines.
Joy Barr
Feb 20, 2012 Joy Barr rated it liked it
Shelves: graffixxx
This was the 3rd Jeffrey Brown book I gave to my ex, but this one I gave to him after we'd broken up. My ex would blog about Jeffrey's books to his fans, which I thought would be great exposure for an author I really liked, but my ex always called him Jeffrey Smith, who I also like, but is a completely different graphic novelist. I read AEIOU while it sat on my bedroom floor before my trip to visit him for Valentine's Day. I felt like this book was less intriguing than the previous two, much lik ...more
Harris
Jan 30, 2016 Harris rated it really liked it
The last of Jeffrey Brown's "Girlfriend Trilogy," and the only one I hadn't read, AEIOU: Any Easy Intimacy displays Brown at his most introspective. Here, he fell into a new, complicated relationship with Sophia, (who also appears in Little Things: A Memoir in Slices and follows the ups and downs of their time together, including the arguments, romantic gestures, and sex. It has been awhile since I read any of Brown's relationship memoir comics, and I'm struck with how intimate and open his wri ...more
Lauren
I think I'd give it three and a half stars if we could--initial reaction is that it was super contradictory. Pieces of it were subtle and sweet, but pieces were just heavy handed and tried a little too hard to make you "think" or whatever. The whole book did have one thing connecting it: you could feel Brown's self involvement/pretension oozing off each page, which didn't help the panels that needed a little softening. I do think that Brown does a good job in touching on the intricacies of relat ...more
Katastrophe
May 04, 2012 Katastrophe rated it really liked it
Cute, sweet and based on assumptions, the book explores the subtleties of relationships tactfully and beautifully.
Hollowspine
Feb 08, 2016 Hollowspine rated it liked it
I love how Brown always bears his soul in his comics, doesn't shy away from any subject and is willing to present himself with all his flaws. I liked it, but mainly because I am a fan of his introspective style. I prefer his wider graphic novels involving more than depressing relationships.

At the end of the comic, I wish there was more hope at the end, where I feel like we come away with the message, to quote Weezer, "Why bother, you're gonna hurt me, it's gonna kill when you desert me." Which a
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Ginny
Apr 14, 2015 Ginny rated it it was ok
Subtitled as: And sometimes why?

Comic book diaries, especially of love lives, are nothing new and this jumbled offering doesn't add anything. It's a super short read, which is part of the reason I finished, but the characters aren't developed enough to make you care one way or another. So why chronicle a boring relationship and admit it's heavily biased at the end?

One upside — the art is cute. But save yourself the trouble and find his Star Wars books.
Sri
Sep 21, 2015 Sri rated it liked it
Buku pertama yang kuingat hanya tentang sex. Buku kedua runut. Buku ketiga paling membingungkan. Mungkin sama bingungnya dengan masnya+mbaknya. Ini cinta? Ini bukan cinta? Kita pacaran? Atau cuma temenan? Temenan tapi ...? Sophia punya masalah dengan dirinya sendiri. Dia tidak mau kehilangan kendali atas dirinya sendiri. Sementara masnya, seperti biasanya, memerlukan intimasi. Easy intimacy? Benarkah?
Dari tiga girlfriend, aku ada di #teamTheresa.
Cécile
Nov 20, 2015 Cécile rated it liked it
Le dernier tome de The Girlfriend Trilogy de Jeffrey Brown ! J’ai été un peu déçue par cette fin. Je m’attendais à une fin plus marquante. On ne sent pas vraiment l’évolution du personnage à travers les tomes. Il est toujours aussi pathétique et dépendant de ses petites amies. Il manque cruellement de confiance en lui et en sa relation avec ses copines. J’ai préféré le premier tome de cette trilogie. Les deux tomes suivants paraissent un peu redondants et lourds. Cela n’empêche pas que j’ai pass ...more
C2015
Feb 17, 2014 C2015 rated it really liked it
This moved me. The drawings weren't great but usually they got the point across and there were times when i wasn't sure what he was getting at but he really conveyed certain aspects of being in a relationship well. I read it all in one day and enjoyed it.
Matisse
Jul 26, 2016 Matisse rated it it was amazing
While I was gradually purchasing Jeffrey Brown's 'girlfriend trilogy' over the years, I knew I wouldn't fully appreciate them until I got my own heart-guts ripped out.

I have had my heart-guts ripped out.

I am glad that I have Jeffrey Brown.
David Bubash
Feb 21, 2016 David Bubash rated it it was ok
There's nothing really new with this book. It's the same story and follows the same pattern as Clumsy and Unlikely. It's not a bad story, it just seems like an unnecessary addition to his bibliography.
Rob Renteria
May 05, 2008 Rob Renteria rated it it was amazing
fucking little bitch, jeffrey brown....he is such a whiny mutherfucker.......

and yeah, i luv his books.......this is the final inthe trilogy of great fucking relationship books.....

so, he is a little baby....wah, arent we all....

yeah all of us r....and thats what makes him a bad-ass........2 put it out there..........the good, the bad,,,,,the fucking embarassing......

i read this book in 30 min....but it will stay with me for 30 yrs....damn, i sound like a bitch!!


best line....Q..DO YOU STILL BELI
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Joshua Williams
Jan 03, 2016 Joshua Williams rated it it was amazing
I read this entire comic in a bookstore in one go, felt bad, and purchased it. So incredibly gripping and deeply accurate to a lot of relationships I've had.
Dosgallos
May 03, 2014 Dosgallos rated it really liked it
El final de la trilogía no cierra con mucha fuerza, pero es la historia de lo que vivimos y nos da fuerza para seguir creyendo.
Teresa
Feb 01, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it
wow, no one can tell a story quite like jeffrey
Shoshanna
Nov 12, 2014 Shoshanna rated it liked it
Same old Jeffrey Brown girlfriend comic.
Sooraya Evans
Jun 11, 2016 Sooraya Evans rated it did not like it
Boring.
Same old recycled crap.
Gretchen
Mar 23, 2016 Gretchen rated it really liked it
all the crying!
Brian Cruz
Aug 06, 2012 Brian Cruz rated it really liked it
Another great book by Jeffrey Brown. Not as self loathing as Funny Misshapen Body or Clumsy but not as moving as Unlikely(his best work imo). Like Unlikely in terms of story but more light hearted and seems to go through the story at a faster pace. If you've read Jeffrey Brown before you know what you're getting into and already are dead set on reading it. Otherwise, I'd read Funny Misshapen Body(full auto-bio of his life up to writing clumsy) or Unlikely first.
Mark Desrosiers
Sep 23, 2007 Mark Desrosiers rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Brown's spare episodic depiction of his brief dalliance with an NWB (Nutcase with Benefits) is cute and economical. But I can't help thinking the reason she comes off as a nutcase is he leaves most of his own foibles out of the story (he admits as much in the postscript). I'm only giving it two stars because the "soundtrack" of wuss music (Radiohead, Cat Power, Pedro the Lion, Amelie soundtrack etc.) at the end ruined the whole experience for me.
Casey
Nov 28, 2007 Casey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes auto-biographical comics
Shelves:
This is the third of the "Girlfriend Trilogy" and the one with the least coherent storyline. The pages are not always in chronological orger nor do they tell a whole story at times. That all said, none of that actually detracts from the book at all. It and his other two are great! When i read them I find myself feeling like I'm in the books. Jeffery Brown is certainly someone I's emulate in style.
Mai
May 13, 2015 Mai rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
When intimacy reduced just to the sexual act ,then it is definitely "An Easy Intimacy"!
Olivia Malik
Mentions too much crude humor and ***.
Kari
Dec 27, 2012 Kari rated it it was amazing
I just read this again because it was at my parent's house! This last book in his "girlfriend" trilogy is wonderful and reminds me a lot of college. HOWEVER, I can never get it out of my mind how the woman portrayed must feel, since all her friends and family must know it was talking about her. I would be pretty angry if it were me.
Matt Piechocinski
Sep 23, 2013 Matt Piechocinski rated it liked it
I was going to give this book 2 stars, as I thought it was just too emo-y, until I got to this part:

"Do you still believe in love?"

"Yeah, I just don't believe in girls."

Took me right back to being in my 20s. I mean, who hasn't felt that way? Brutally honest.

(I suppose it works the same way with girls (re: boys).)
Megankellie
Apr 22, 2010 Megankellie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cynics who don't want to be
Wonderful, beautiful, rips your heart out and throws it down the street. Or makes it expand past your body. I read this standing in a bookstore in like 20 minutes, although it could have been an hour.

I hope he calls this Humanity Cartoons. If I could eat this book, I would. Or sleep on it.
Lorra Fae
Sep 08, 2012 Lorra Fae rated it liked it
This was sweet - I liked it just as much as all his others, but there were a lot of gaps, I suppose I like a more linear style - these were very short, and occasionally a bit confusing, and the ending was abrupt. I still really liked it, however. JB has a wonderful, sparse, emotional style.
O'Rissa
May 01, 2008 O'Rissa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to O'Rissa by: Fate
I've read this thing in the bookstore at least 3 times, finally I managed to save up the $12 to actually buy it. I love everything about this book, so much of it reminds me of my life and the people in it.

Thanks, Jeff. You're the best for that.
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Jeffrey Brown was born in 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up reading comic books with dreams of someday drawing them, only to abandon them and focus on becoming a 'fine artist.' While earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brown abandoned painting and began drawing comics with his first autobiographical book 'Clumsy' in 2001. Since then he's drawn a dozen books fo ...more
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The Girlfriend Trilogy (3 books)
  • Clumsy
  • Unlikely

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