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12 Reasons Why I Love Her

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  88 reviews
The classic romance from the team behind Lady Killer is back in print with a brand new hardcover edition! Now in a larger size, and featuring excerpts from the original script, this 10-year anniversary edition is perfect for fans of Fresh Romance. Twelve vignettes reveal the story of young couple Gwen and Evan’s tumultuous relationship, one small piece at a time. It all ad ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Oni Press (first published October 25th 2006)
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Sep 23, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone tired of the typical romantic comedy
When I bought this book directly from Jamie Rich at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, I started off our conversation by saying, "I just heard the WORST podcast review of this book, but I really want to buy it anyways."

Classy, I know.

It was one of those moments where the things coming out of my mouth didn't exactly match all the things I was thinking in my head. I'd been following Jamie's work for years and I'd been enjoying every bit of it. The negative review I mentioned to him was one of those rev
::Personal conclusion::

Apparently, love has no reasons. And love in itself will never work. Friendship is a must. Being in love with whoever is a great thing but it does not always work when there is no understanding friendship.
Love is the deal of heart. But friendship is the deal of mind. We need both to survive our relationships.








Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment. The story, which was already pretty cliche, had no depth whatsoever. I would be lying if I claimed to have enjoyed anything about it other than the illustrations. Word to the wise: jumbling the vignettes so you have to piece the story together does not make an uninteresting story interesting.
Mike Cassella
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of relationship drama
One of the best parts about this graphic novel, apart from the terrific art by Joelle Jones and Rich's extremely realistic dialog, is the decision to use an out-of-sequence narrative style to tell the story. First date, big fight, getting to know each other, break-up fight, etc. are all told in an order that is non-linear, but thoroughly engrossing for someone who's ever been in a real relationship. The key is that after it's over, you're left with the pieces of a story and how you even fell in ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
As I've noted before, romance is decidedly NOT my genre but this graphic novel had enough interpersonal conflict (and musical references) to keep my attention, plus it was there and I had an hour's time to waste.

I've lately been messing around with a set of comic characters I created--gulp--20 years ago now, and whom I've continued to revisit over the ensuing years, occasionally revising their looks and putting them in new situations and adventures. So appreciated the wordiness of this one as a
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Felt a bit like a hipster approved romantic-dramedy. "Quirky" conversations and unnecessary drama in effort to appear deep. The out of chronological order vignettes-style seemed an effort to distract from the barely there plot. This isn't all to say I disliked the book, I was just hoping it would be a bit more substantial. Lovely illustrations though. ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two shitty people acting shitty towards one another. I didn't feel any of the drama, humor, or heart that the synopsis promised. These people are better off alone. ...more
Emilia P
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Ummmmmm. I picked this up on the off-chance that it would be okay.
It was way better than okay. It's a little high-faluting/existential dialogue-wise for the format, but that was ok with me. It was about people who are too smart and self-contained to not speak their minds, sometimes bicker and sometimes fight bitterly, but they're in love anyway. Told in 12 out-of-chronological order vignettes with some variance in writing and illustration styles which suited both the changing personal moods and
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago. I've recommended it but always like to revisit. Not disappointed. Love the artwork above the story. The format that they tell the story works. I recommend this one for people to see all comics aren't just superheroes. ...more
1 star for the art. -4 stars for the ridiculous, boring relationship, lack of plot, unlikeable characters, stilted dialogue and offensive language. The main male character actually told the female character "I hope you die." ...more
Jan 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jessica by: Mike Foley
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2008
This is the kind of book that you put down every now and then so that you can drag out the story. I just want to make it last longer!
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
-It's cute art which I mean as a straight-forward compliment. Adding more to it wouldn't work here.

Mr. Fluffery Buffington:
-The story and all its accoutrements are funny with enough regularity and are highly relatable to the target audience with appropriately measured depth.

-The one who arrives at the first date bringing flowers picked on the way is cute. EITHER ONE bringing a purchased ensemble of roses isn't, as presented by her, original/funny/egalitarian (the latter because th
Derek Farris
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sara G
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I did like one scene and the drawing is genuinely nice.

The story, though, is a lot like a version of "The Last Five Years" musical, except with less of everything. Less character development. Less plot. Less sympathetic moments. Less thought. In fact, it feels like a wannabe TLFY story, except from Jamie's point of view, which somehow makes it even worse.

The female character is not developed at all and the male character is shitty to her all throughout; laughing at her interests and likes, argu
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I liked this graphic novel but it wasn't what I expected. I was hoping for some sweet romance, clear and direct reasons why this person loved their girlfriend. Instead, it was a lot of scenes where they argue or fight, and while I understand love can come out of those places, I felt like I missed something. Or maybe I missed the point entirely. It didn't help that the author intentionally places the scenes out of chronological order, so I was left trying to figure out where in this relationship ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book, but it didn't really pan out. I enjoyed the art a good deal, and everything was easy to follow, though some of the facial expressions were far too extreme for the situation, which initially made the male main character unlikeable. The female main character became unlikeable later on, and the ending was incredibly disappointing. ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. Liked the art, kinda liked the out-of-chronological technique at the start, but by the end I wasn't that charmed by it and it left things confusing in the long run. Characters weren't the most likable, but I could see this being a good discussion piece for non-traditional plot ordering and creative writing. ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet slice of life of two people and their relationship. With all good sweet romance moments, all their differences,disappointing choices, all the big little things that goes between two people. Art is very old school but it is great. Dialog is even better. Very real.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quickie read
Short and sweet. The story played out in different orders but it was still a wonderful piece to put together
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This isn't how I pictured love would be like; schmaltzy.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
legitimately one of the best and most beautiful graphic novels I've ever read! ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fast read, interesting use of flash backs and flash forwards.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Truly great love story, with fantastic art!
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Beautiful art, less so on the story.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 Stars.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked the illustrations. The story was okay.
Sarah Carol Williams
Loved this with my whole heart 🖤
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Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
The structure of this was confusing to me, and it ended very abruptly. I didn’t like the main guy and had no idea what the heroine saw in him? Then again I’m not sure I liked her either.
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Rich is an author of both prose (Cut My Hair, I Was Someone Dead, and The Everlasting) and comics (the two-volume series Love the Way You Love; the Spell Checkers series). His third full-length novel, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, was released by Oni Press in the summer of 2007. He regularly collaborates with artist Joelle Jones, including the Oni graphic novels 12 Reasons Why I Love Her and ...more

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