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Tough Love: High School Confidential

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
"Abby Denson's teen romance has the simplicity and heart of a secret love note on lined composition paper."—Howard Cruse

"Abby Denson is a pioneer . . . doing something that few others have even thought of doing."—Manga News

Inspired by shounen-ai manga—melodramatic Japanese comics by girls about gay boys—Tough Love is a teen romance and coming-out story about a shy boy name
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Feb 15, 2013 Ije the Devourer of Books rated it really liked it
This is a graphic novel dealing with the issue of gay teens coming out, suicide and other high-school issues such as first boyfriends, bulllying and being different. The drawing style is quite simple and is black and white.

The storyline does its best to convey some of the complexities that young people may face today, not just about coming out, but also about relationships in general. I think it manages to do this quite well. The one thing I didnt like about this book was the way it seemed to p
Jan 30, 2009 Tracey rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Teen graphic novel. The main character turns out to be a boy (I couldn't tell from the picture) who has the hots for the leader of his Martial Arts Club (who also turns out to be a boy--I couldn't tell from the picture). Not that realistic of a story, as many gay teens aren't so lucky to have 1) parents that are understanding enough to accept them, 2) friends who also accept them (and will stick up for them) and 3) boyfriends who can effectively beat up the bullies that pick on them. Other non-t ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
This comic was very cute.

It has a very simple art style, one that made it read a lot like a serialized web-comic, and that's something I can appreciate in a story whether it was intended to come across that way or not. I've heard people criticize the book for this aspect through, and I feel that might be overly bit harsh. The book is clearly intended for the Teen genre, where the simple art style would boost the impression that the story was almost autobiographical in nature, and as the art styl
Feb 17, 2013 Peacegal rated it it was ok
Tough Love is the story of a gay teenager's attempts to navigate high school, his first relationship and the prejudice and cruelty of some of his peers. Good topic.

I'll start by saying, however, that the illustrations in this graphic novel are terrible. They appear as if they were done in Sharpie marker and more closely resemble rough preliminary sketches than a finished product.

The story is simplistic but straightforward and easy to follow.

If this graphic novel had been created by a 16-year-ol
Fatoumata Sakho
Jan 07, 2013 Fatoumata Sakho rated it liked it
This story is so breath-taking in my opinion it just symbolizes that you can be what ever you feel like even though you might get judged,it doesn't matter because everyone is not perfect.I agree with Shounen-ai manga "tough love is a teen romance and coming-out story about a shy boy named Brian and the relations he develops with Chris,the boy he likes,and Julie befriends him."

To me the point of the story was to tell LGBT people that it is okay to be different from everyone else even though life
Nov 26, 2007 Kathy rated it liked it
In this graphic novel, Brian is already bored on his first day back to high school. He signs up for a martial arts class that he thinks will be interesting. There he meets Chris, a boy who he develops a mysterious fascination for. Brian thought that he just hadn’t met the right girl, but now he thinks that maybe he hadn’t met the right boy! Brian and Chris fall in love and suddenly Brian is wondering about his new lifestyle. Things never seemed easy before, but now it’s even more complicated. To ...more
Emilia P
Oh hey, was this book written for five year olds?
I mean seriously. I wanted to like it, and there was probably a time in my life when I would of liked it better. But it's a little irresponsible to do a comic book about how it is so awesome to be gay and that everyone (every church, especially) who doesn't agree with you is wrong. I don't know--I guess I think the kids should know, and kind of early, that it's a little more complex than this book made it look.

That said--I kind of liked the reall
Apr 04, 2011 Victoria-Lynn rated it really liked it
My school had this book as part of their Pink Day display and on a whim I chose to pick it up. It took me all of 40 minutes to read. On and overall scale it wasn't the best I've ever read but as a graphic novel that could be read by anyone it was good. It got it's story across quite clearly and with little fuss, it didn;t deviate or get obscured from the plot and story line. Over all it was a graphic novel that I wouldn't read again but might recommend to someone looking for an easy to read L.G. ...more
Oct 27, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it
Tough Love is a really cute, short, and simple teen queer coming-of-age comic. (one of my favorite genres!) It's easy to read and very clean, so you can share it with younger people. It includes both a first kiss and a fight scene between the gay high school karate club president and some evil jocks. (That really rocks!)
I wanted to like this more then I did. The plot is sweet and simple, which makes it a quick read, but I thought it was a bit plot devicey and the art is nothing to write home about. I'm glad I read it, since I love GLBT graphic novels, but in all honesty, it is nothing special. As a graphic novel, I would give it two stars. As a queer graphic novel, it gets 3.5.
This is so unbelievably bad that the couple of frames that I thought dealt with issues really well were overshadowed by the fact that getting a boyfriend is treated with the same emotional tone as remembering that you sent a suicide note to someone and you should probably let him know you're not dead.
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
I desperately wanted to like this book because it dealt with such a significant topic matter. However, it was generally lacking in realistic situations, and the characters, though likable, were difficult to relate to. This may have been a more enjoyable read had I experienced it when I was younger.
A sensitive tale of the coming out of a shy gay teenage kid in a small town. I think that many teenagers would have benefited from reading this book if it had existed in the 1970's.
Mar 28, 2008 narajaponesa rated it it was ok
Gyaaah! Such potential! Why does the dialogue feel like a sitcom that a preteen wrote after an all-nighter?
Apr 24, 2009 Danielle rated it liked it
The story was entirly to short for my liking. the plot advanced too fast. it was cute and i liked the concept tho'.
Kari Ramirez
Jan 20, 2012 Kari Ramirez rated it it was ok
The story idea was great, but the execution was off. I was so distracted by how 'lazy' I felt the artwork was I couldn't really get behind the writing.
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Cartoonist Abby Denson's newest book, Cool Japan Guide, will be out in March of 2015. She is the creator of the graphic novels Dolltopia (which won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and an International Manga Award) and Tough Love: High School Confidential, which was originally serialized in XY Magazine. She has scripted comics for Amazing Spider-Man Family, Powerpuff Girls Comics, Simpsons Comics, ...more
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