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Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
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Aug 04, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: comics-and-graphic-novels
Read on May 23, 2011

Yes, Clowes portrays these two young, cynical hipsters with an impressive degree of verisimilitude. I can remember having conversations not unlike those Enid and Becky have when I was about their age. Trouble is, Enid and Becky--particularly Enid--are just obnoxious. I enjoyed the little moments where we get to see what's below the sarcastic exterior, like Enid's rediscovery of an album she'd enjoyed when she was younger, but for the most part I just found the main characters grating, and a story that's basically just a few weeks or months in the lives of grating, obnoxious characters was not one that I ultimately found enjoyable.

Also, there's a brief meta passage where we basically see the author through Enid's eyes. I think it's meant to be self-deprecating and ironic, but I just found it creepy and off-putting.

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