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"Two girls in a small town in the USA kill time together as they try to get through their days at school.

They watch videos, share earbuds as they play each other songs and exchange their stories. In the process they form a deep connection and an unexpected relationship begins to develop.

In her follow up to the critically acclaimed The End of Summer, Tillie Walden tells the story of a small love that can make you feel like the biggest thing around, and how it’s possible to find another person who understands you when you thought no-one could."

68 pages, Paperback

First published November 13, 2015

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Tillie Walden

34 books2,446 followers
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. She has already received an Eisner Award nomination and two Ignatz Awards for her early works. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat. She also enjoys studying architecture and tries to incorporate that passion into her comics. Spinning is her first long form autobiographical work.

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732 reviews5,004 followers
June 8, 2022
Tillie Walden is masterful, and her early works such as the brief graphic story I Love This Part showcase a budding talent and an adept storytelling through images that convey a deep emotional narrative. The story is quick, something read in just a few minutes, but it captures the turmoil of a failing relationship and identity struggles with sexuality in a way that will completely consume you and linger far beyond the time spent reading. It’s a simple story filled with longing and loss but also the bittersweet taste of hope and young love when it seems to hit so hard and pure.

The artwork is gorgeous, and I love the way Walden draws the characters as larger than the landscape. Like giants against mountain ranges, it captures a sense in early love that your relationship is larger than the world and all your attention is drawn towards it. The later frames, especially the ones without dialogue, makes silence speak loudly and emphasizes the vast distance between the two characters despite moments of being bridged through shared emotion.

The character designs will look familiar to fans, as the girlfriend seems a model for the similar role in her other books while the other girl seems modeled off Walden herself. The story briefly touches on a lot of struggles with self-worth and confidence.This is a lovely little story and I could stare at Walden’s artwork for hours. It is brief and of her earlier stages before adding bold colors and developing a looser style, but it is also marvelous.


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561 reviews86 followers
March 31, 2021
A short and poignant storyline and, nicely drawn graphics!

Tillie Walden`s i love this part is an example of how a graphic novella can be simple yet intense. This is the story of a friendship-relationship between two girls.

In her follow up to the critically acclaimed The End of Summer, Tillie Walden tells the story of a small love that can make you feel like the biggest thing around, and how it’s possible to find another person who understands you when you thought no-one could.
Profile Image for Whitney Atkinson.
903 reviews13.7k followers
May 15, 2020
This little sapphic story was sweet but I think I need to bite the bullet and admit that Tillie's books aren't for me. As much as I want to adore them and as much as I relate to them, they feel so emotionless to me. I think it aims for melancholy but lands somewhere between dreary and hard to understand, and it's a trend in all of her books.
Profile Image for Dave Schaafsma.
Author 6 books31.2k followers
April 2, 2017
A short elliptical sweet and sad story about a relationship between two teen girls, with lots of space and not much dialogue that juxtaposes tableaux-type depictions of fragments of their relationship with sweeping landscapes and detailed architectural studies of buildings. Subtle lavender washed pen and ink images, emotionally resonant.

Here's 4 or 5 panels from it, so lovely.

Profile Image for Reading_ Tamishly.
3,941 reviews2,168 followers
November 3, 2020
Amazing art.
Intense story line.
Coming of age.
Too short for me.
But nevertheless good.
Profile Image for Emma.
893 reviews872 followers
August 1, 2019
3.5 Stars

This was such a lovely graphic novel that is realistic and also sad in so many ways. I think that the main metaphor was perfectly captured in the drawings: sometimes love can make you feel like the biggest thing in the world and it was so nice to see this concept depicted on the page, it really made an impact. I'm giving it 3 stars just because it was a little too short for my taste.
Profile Image for Rod Brown.
4,950 reviews162 followers
October 14, 2021
A heartbreaking romance is told in a series of its smallest -- and yet biggest -- moments.

One of the few nice things about moving is going into your new local library and finding books that have been on your TBR for like forever.

UPDATE 10/14/2021:
This story is now reprinted in Alone in Space: A Collection, a worthwhile collection of Tillie Walden's hard-to-find early works and other odds and ends.
Profile Image for Valentina Quiceno.
66 reviews1,076 followers
April 16, 2017
La historia de estas dos chicas que haciendo cosas cotidianas juntas terminan enamorándose; los dibujos son preciosos, la verdad es que podía quedarme sumida en ellos durante mucho tiempo. La historia es preciosa, llega con el inicio en calma, un desarrollo que comienza a pitar como una locomotora, y luego el final: real y expectante; te deja con el corazón en la mano.
May 14, 2018
Tillie Walden nos cuenta en Esta Parte Me Encanta cómo el amor puede surgir con las situaciones más pequeñas, cómo puede hacernos sentir como lo más grande del universo... pero también cómo puede acabarse por miedo al qué dirán y a qué pensarán los demás. Con ilustraciones preciosas que transmiten un montón de sentimientos, nos encontramos con una historia que nos romperá el corazón.
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Author 16 books388 followers
September 20, 2016
This book was so beautiful, the story so earnest, I cried a little as I read it.

Note 1: I was in public, sitting at the Retrofit Comics table at SPX.
Note 2: I hate crying in public. But it was worth it.
Profile Image for Jojo.
52 reviews20 followers
September 20, 2018
3.5 stars

This is really cute but way too short to get attached to the characters and their story so only 3.5 stars from me.
Profile Image for Elle.
168 reviews11 followers
October 7, 2019
Tillie Walden's artwork is beautiful and she's such a great storyteller. I wish this had been longer.
Profile Image for Sylwia.
1,132 reviews27 followers
October 20, 2018
More like 3.9
This is a very short graphic novel story that goes through the highs and lows of a relationship between two young girls. It's both concise and subtle, so even though it's short, it makes an impact. I enjoyed it!
815 reviews88 followers
January 29, 2022
tw {internalized homophobia}

i've read this so many times but it's the first time i got to read the kindle edition. there's no difference but i was excited.

you know, i get this. being a kid or teen and being in this bubble where everything outside of you feels bigger than it is and your feelings are biggest most overwhelming thing in the world and sometimes it becomes to much or you've been taught something and it takes years to unlearn it. i just hope they turn out okay when they're older...
Profile Image for kai | 凯香.
373 reviews44 followers
May 24, 2020
this took me maybe five minutes to read, but it still managed to provide sapphic black and jewish rep as well as tell a very honest, emotional story
Profile Image for Esteban Parra.
476 reviews115 followers
September 23, 2018
Una mirada contemplativa y cotidiana por una historia de amor tan aguda como bella. Tillie Walden saca un provecho tremendo de la bicromía del apartado gráfico para enfatizar las etapas, las sensaciones y los sentimientos que van pasando en el avance de la relación entre dos chicas.

Una novela gráfica llena de nostalgia, música y desolación.

Reseña completa: https://goo.gl/PrrrNm
Profile Image for Rachel.
785 reviews21 followers
January 3, 2019
Deceptively simple: adolescent girls gone giant in giant, scenic landscapes because that's exactly what adolescent love feels like--huge and outsize and epic and impossible. Perfect use of color and scale and scope--I swooned mightily. A real gem, though I wish it were longer.
Profile Image for El Cuaderno de Chris.
357 reviews92 followers
March 21, 2018
Este libro es una bonita y triste historia de amor de dos amigas adolescentes. Un libro con situaciones que todos hemos vivido y que al final se trata de una historia universal de amor entre adolescentes. Recomendada leerla, las ilustraciones son tan bonitas y tan reveladoras.
Profile Image for Fraser Simons.
Author 9 books231 followers
January 20, 2023
This was so simple and focused and gutting and good! It is what it is really, not much to say about it. I think it captures relationships in your youth and memories that don’t go away. They’re even giants in their own right on the page, but don’t know it. So much about this just works.
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