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La Perdida by Jessica Abel
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May 19, 10

bookshelves: graphic-novels, summer-2010
Read in May, 2010

I heard rave reviews of this coming-of-age graphic novel about a young Chicana woman's experiences in Mexico. Unfortunately, since the protagonist was completely unlikable and unbelievably stupid and the other characters were essentially stereotypes, the novel's attempts at emotional depth fell flat. An abrupt plot- and tone-shift midway through raises a crime-ring plot that seems forced and disjointed. And the Spanish glossary in the back makes it patently clear that the target audience is US readers seeking "authentic" cultural tourism.

I did enjoy the art style. Perhaps if I had had lower expectations, my opinion of La Perdida would have been more generous.

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