I'm not totally sure this is a youth appropriate text, but wanna get the hang of this, and I read it last night.
Adrian Tomine's graphic novel, a colleI'm not totally sure this is a youth appropriate text, but wanna get the hang of this, and I read it last night.
Adrian Tomine's graphic novel, a collection of four short stories, is for a high school reader, if not a late high school reader. Tomine explores the isolation and loneliness of four modern young characters. "Alter Ego" tells the story of a young author floundering to try and find his next project, checking out of his own life and only being able to connect with the high school aged younger sister of his high school crush. "Summer Blonde" follows three characters: a cold younger guy who cajoles women into his bed, his latest conquest who's hiding this sexual relationship from her boyfriend, and the next door neighbor who admired the woman from a far till she was brought to his door step. "Hawaiian getaway" follows a young woman as she tries and fails to connect with the people in the wake of loosing her job and roommate in one month. And Tomine finishes off with "Bomb Scare" a story of two high school kids in a small town, one is a boy who gets harrassed in school and called 'fag' because he only has one friend- another boy- and his budding new friendship with a popular girl whose social standing declines because she get's grossly ill at a party.
Summer Blonde is certainly does not spin happy tails, but does give it's reader a look into the lives of some very real and complex characters. In a fast paced and isolated time telling stories of the most lonely members of society seems rather important. Tomine Pulls you in, you care about, get frustrated by, and completely relate to all the misfits in his poignant stories. I have a desire to call to a recent "The Perks of Being Wall Flower," and would certainly recommend it as such....more