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Likewise by Ariel Schrag
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Sep 14, 10

bookshelves: graphic-novels, lesbian-lit-and-culture, memoir
Read from September 12 to 14, 2010

I really tried to love this graphic novel, but it's too self-aware, too self-indulgent, and too poorly edited. Schrag started reading Ulysses and started tape-recording her interactions while working on this, the senior year volume of her high school chronicles, two factors which presumably had a hand in making this almost unreadable at points in its meticulous recreation of the stupid conversations that all high schoolers have. I like my coming-of-age memoirs with a bit more distance and a bit more crafting of narrative and characterization--unfortunately, in recording word for word her conversations with her friends and her tortured 17-year-old diary entries, Schrag produces what is essentially just a series of semi-incoherent Livejournal entries with pictures. Frankly, I don't think Schrag's work would have gotten the level of attention that it has if there wasn't such a tragic dearth of comic books/ graphic novels by and about queer girls. But Fun Home this is not.
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