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La Perdida by Jessica Abel
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bookshelves: not-amazon, short-note-review, graphic-novel

short notes for review: this book is a coming of age tale for Carla, our main character. Unlike most coming of age tales this one is particularly dark and depressing as Carla makes bad choice after bad choice and is not the most likable of characters. She stays true to her convictions though, which is admirable, even though she makes them based upon false premises. She gets caught up in the seedy underbelly of the world and barely escapes it with her life. The first few pages of the book are somewhat confusing as we go back and forth in time, but without any indication or placement of what's going on. Although I like Abel's drawing style, short expressive lines in charcoal (reminds me a bit of Käthe Kollwitz work) there wasn't a lot of gutter space around the panels, which frankly made it hard to read the story as Abel had a lot of text crammed into the panels. The work would have been better if the book had either been bigger or there had been fewer panels crammed into the page.
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