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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,677 ratings  ·  863 reviews
A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding…. The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by First Second
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Julie Ehlers
My reviews of Lucy Knisley’s previous works have revealed some ambivalence on my part: She’s great when writing about travel or food, but at a certain point a little more emotional investment is required, by both the writer/artist and the reader. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need to know every gory detail of a writer’s life, but I feel like Knisley alludes to heavier things—depression in her family, her parents’ divorce, the (apparently not great) way her father treats his girlfriends—and then ...more
Lola
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel like I should buy Lucy Knisley a drink.

(In Canada though, because I couldn’t buy one in the US.)

My, what an emotional couple of years she’s had, before and after John proposed to her. Planning a wedding is hard, of course, but like many others, Lucy doesn’t realize just how hard, stressful and time-consuming it is before needing to plan one of her own.

Get ready for the whole story though. Lucy does not illustrate her wedding alone. No, she goes back to the beginning. She talks about her
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Heather
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I also really enjoyed this book!
I don't think I loved it as much as I wanted to or more than her other novel, Relish but it holds a special place in my heart because, well, weddings!
I am a wedding photographer so I love weddings and I get how stressful planning they can be.

I do however feel when your planning a wedding it's all me, me , me buts your big day, it makes sense but still this book kind of screamed that.
I also felt like she said she wasn't like a typical bride about 1000 times and
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First Second Books
May 03, 2016 marked it as first-second-publications
We love this graphic novel!

One of the features of the graphic novel industry is that it's tough to find books that are actually meant for an audience of women in their twenties and thirties. There are a few of them out there (and many of those books are awesome!), but it's great to have Lucy Knisley closing that gap -- and creating books that are meant for the kind of readers that make up 4/5ths of the staff at First Second.

Yay that! And yay Lucy, for creating engaging, hilarious, heartwarming
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Calista
I ended up liking this book alot. The last half of it went fast. I appreciate some of her research on Weddings customs around the world and I like some of the new ideas she put in place here and what she chose to do at hers.

For me, I had a hard time getting through the beginning. It felt so long, so long. I like Lucy's stories, but she has a lot of words on the page. There is nothing wrong with that, but it takes more time to read. I ended up avoiding this because it felt so long. I'm so glad I
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David Schaafsma
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-women, gn-memoir
Yes, I actually read all of a 290 page book about Knisley's wedding (!!), which would be of interest more to those going to be married, or just married. And women, primarily, I am guessing. The artwork is as it always has been in her four books so far, fun, sweet, adorable, colorful, the main attraction of all her books, and it's better than ever, maybe, in this one. But she skirts larger, deeper issues she just hints at for a focus on all the arrangements, about the emotional freaking out over ...more
Britany
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the greatest graphic novel I've laid my hands on. It was so much fun!

Lucy Knisley takes this opportunity to walk us through her relationship with John and the road to their wedding and the aftermath. It was such a creative way to illustrate (pun intended! hah) her and the nuances and frustrations that come with that. I appreciate Lucy's honesty about her previous relationships and how having children was a pivotal decision in her life.

I loved the drama, the personal touches she
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Aneesa
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Good thing I still enjoy reading graphic novels that I don't even like.

I finished this book and didn't know what the point of it is until I read the "thank you" section which describes it as "a wedding story about how nuts weddings are, but, at the same time, how great." The main problem with the book is that the author spends a lot of time criticizing the wedding industry and societal expectations to spend money and look perfect, while squarely adhering to and promoting the new unachievable
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Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Adore this author :)
Aloke
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, comix
Something New is Lucy Knisley's memoir of meeting her future husband and getting married. Ordinarily that wouldn't be my thing but I really liked her previous book Relish and I spotted this at the library and picked it up. I liked it and I thought it worked because of Knisley's art and her humor. It's a good looking book: I love the cover and her crisp drawing style. I also love the little interludes throughout the book: a combination memoir/recipe/tribute to poutine or weird German matrimonial ...more
Jessica Woodbury
I am divorced and, as you'd probably guess, I have complicated feelings about weddings. So it's probably no surprise that I have complicated feelings about this book. If anyone is ever going to try to do a frothy but warm look at wedding culture and one wedding in particular, Knisley is well suited for it. She is charming, self-aware, able to provide a lot of perspective, and the graphic memoir format works very well for the subject matter.

I really appreciated the variety of approaches Knisley
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Olive
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Extremely cute! Still glad I didn't have my own wedding (my god are they expensive and stressful), but reading about Lucy Knisley's was a really sweet and entertaining experience. If only I had her creative talent...I could throw some killer DIY parties. Alas, I'll stick with my spreadsheets.
Sesana
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, nonfiction, memoir
Not the best thing that Knisley's done, in my opinion, but still generally enjoyable. Probably having fairly recently lived through my sister's wedding might have given me some perspective that helped the book. I'm not sure I would have liked it at all otherwise.
Kelly
I got married 9 years ago (holy crap) and it was a totally low-key, I-hate-planning-stuff event. I asked my mom and my friends who'd be in the wedding how they would feel about flying to Vegas to do it. And...that's what everyone did, except for my husband and I, who drove immediately after our college graduation in Iowa out to Vegas. We planned a wedding at one of the hotels in a beautiful outside garden, and by "planned," I mean someone did it all, and I had to point at some colors and flower ...more
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
What a great graphic memoir about trying to plan a wedding that fits who you are but doesn't break the bank. Knisley's drawings, like her words, are precise, with just enough detail. Topics range from fun facts about wedding traditions around the world to fighting with your mom about her inviting the whole neighbourhood to making crafty decorations to how to reconcile a bisexual feminist identity with the hetero/sexist institution of marriage. I somehow didn't know or forgot Knisley was bisexual ...more
Ashley
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't feel like really reviewing this, so a small blurb will have to do. I always enjoy reading Lucy Knisley's stuff, it's like catching up with her. I don't think I'm at all objective though. She writes these autobiographical comics and books so I feel like I'm catching up with her life as she's living it, for going on eleven years now. It's really sort of unique what she does, documenting her life as it happens, for public consumption. I see other reviewers taking her style and interpreting ...more
Book Riot Community
Calling all Lucy Knisley fans! As we know from her past graphic memoirs and travelogues, the mysterious ex-boyfriend John is the one Lucy’s been pining after for so many years. Thankfully, John shows up big time in this new graphic novel as Lucy plans her wedding. Hooray! A sweet, heartfelt memoir of the ups and downs of planning a DIY wedding, complete with outdoor wedding tips (bring a pair of galoshes), gifts for the wedding party and guests (if only we had Lucy’s drawing ability), and the ...more
Robin
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed all of Lucy's graphic memoirs. In her latest Lucy chronicles the process of planning a wedding while working out her feelings about getting hitched. As one who didn't want to spend the big bucks for a wedding (this was 43 years ago!), I loved Lucy's DIY approach to keeping the costs down while making it a meaningful experience, and also keeping it a fun experience for her guests. Lucy's drawings are perfect and the included photos from the planning and wedding enhanced the visual ...more
Melissa Chung
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I am 10 days late at writing this review. This wonderful graphic novel was released on May 3rd, but I wanted to read it slowly and savor every moment. I want to thank Gina from First, Second Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to review this gorgeous new graphic novel. 5 stars!!

Lucy Knisley writes/illustrates comics, graphic novels...memoirs. I first read her Relish: My Life in the Kitchen back in March 2016 and fell in love with Lucy's story. Her life, her illustrations her wit. She is
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Anita
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I had expected this book to offer a humorous, visual look at wedding traditions through the lens of one couple's wedding. It did do that to some extent, but I was left feeling a little unfulfilled by the story and a little unimpressed by the method of delivery. It reminded me a little of Fun Home, but whereas Fun Home is full of conflict and heart, and the drawings serve to enhance the story, this graphic memoir seemed somehow... unimportant.

I'm totally fine with reading something fun and light
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Ian Hrabe
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lucy Knisley is a great illustrator, that much has always been true, but her graphic novels are very hit or miss. When she's on--as with Displacement and Relish--she's one of the premiere graphic memoirists. When she's off--as with the Age of License and Something New--she can't separate the compelling story from her life experiences. I'm probably not the ideal audience for a bride's-eye-view of wedding planning, but that doesn't really exempt the work from being an incredible slog. It looks and ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-memoirs
4.0 Stars

This is another excellent graphic novel by Lucy Knisley, who has become one of my favourite authors. The full-colour illustrations are drawn in her classic, cartoony style which is always super cute. She also included photographs of her wedding at the end of the each chapter, which added a level of realness to her story. The writing was exactly what I have come to expect from Knisley: insightful and humorous. She was a somewhat reluctant bride and initially questioned the institution of
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Jenne
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was maybe more than I needed to know about her particular wedding, but the drawings are super charming and her husband seems really nice?
vanessa
This warmed my heart and made me oh-so happy.
Elizabeth A
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5

Let me first start by stating that I do not think that getting married means you've won the golden ring, or that you needed to be be coupled in any manner to be worthy of respect or value. I do personally know women who had a crisis because they were not married by thirty, and dang it, but forty was the absolute latest this sorry state would be allowed to continue until something drastic would be done. Not my jam, but to each their own.

This graphic memoir explores the trails, tribulations,
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Maia
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the beginning and end of this book, but got bogged down in the middle. I think this is as much do to my own interests as to the book's quality. I am not and never plan to be married, so the minutia of wedding planning was a bit repetitive and not for me. However! I loved the beginning which fills in the gap of Lucy and John's relationship which I knew I was missing after skipping from An Age of Licence directly to Kid Gloves. I was delighted by Lucy's thoughts on being a bisexual woman ...more
Katie
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this from NetGalley
I am a HUGE fan of Lucy's work and was so excited to get a copy of this! It did not disappoint and I think it might be my favorite book of hers.
Janine
I meant to read this a few years ago, and never got around to it. I'm actually glad I didn't get around to it then, because now was probably a better time to read it. It was more relevant to me now than it would have been then. A co-worker actually recommended it to me recently, which is what prompted me to actually bring it home and read it, and I'm grateful to her for the recommendation.

Knisley's perspective about her relationship and planning her wedding is refreshing and honest. The way she
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Funny, but I'm not generally a fan of graphic novels, but Lucy Knisley's books are the perfect mix of memoir and informational text. In Something New, Knisley takes on weddings. It's another wonderful delightful book from Knisley.
Susie
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Finishing 2019 (and hopefully future years) with favorite authors like Lucy Knisley (and Becky Chambers) may be a new bookish tradition.
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Beginning with an love for Archie comics and Calvin and Hobbes, Lucy Knisley (pronounced "nigh-zlee") has always thought of cartooning as the only profession she is suited for. A New York City kid raised by a family of foodies, Lucy is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago currently pursuing an MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies. While completing her BFA at the School of the ...more