Told with arresting honesty and strength, this graphic novel conjures a grim vision of growing up in late-1990s South Korea. Rebelling against her abusive father and teachers who routinely beat her, 16-year-old Pearl smokes, slacks off at school, and runs with the bad-girls crowd. Yet her situation is well-adjusted compared to her fell ...more
Oof. This black and white graphic about some pivotal years of young South Korean girls - mc Pearl, her "bad" friends: Jeong-Ae and the rest of the crowd, will take you into dark places. Pearl is now a cartoonist, and this book is her reflecting on her troubled youth in shadowed back alleys, deserted door stoops, shitty schools, and messy homes where girls like Pearl are beaten by seemingly every adult for all of their deviant behaviour.
Jeong-Ae's house, where her mother is never home and her ...more
Pearl and Jeong-ae are two teenage girls who have been deemed juvenile delinquents by family, classmates and teachers. In a culture steeped in domestic violence and corporal punishment, the authority figures and men in their lives either believe frequent and severe beatings will fix the girls ...more
Han Kang, Min Jin Lee, and Crystal Hana Kim have given us their own unique glimpses into the Korean peninsula's history and present, but few novels of South Korea have gone to so dark a place as Ancco's semi-autobiographical work, Bad Friends. This brief, striking vision of South Korea's early Sixth Republic presents a side of the country rarely seen in the West, one driven by alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.
K-pop fans, beware. Bad Friends will shatter your illusions of a bubbly, happy South Ko...more
Sixteen-year-old Pearl lives in South Korea during the late-1990s in a relatively privileged life with a family and roof over her head until she became friends with Jeong-ae, who lives in poverty. Now running with the "bad girls," Pearl ...more
Ancco’s sparse language is paired with fine pencil drawing in this graphic novel. Both of these have heavy and weighted effects. Ancco doesn’t filter her work through humour or rose coloured glasses, offering readers a stark glimpse of a childhood/teenager years filled with physical abuse, transformative friendship ...more
Why read it then?
What made me borrow this book was because it’s a translated comic, and one from Korea. I haven’t read many Korean comics, and this was a rare one on the library shelves.
The story is told from the perspective of 16-year-old Pearl, growing up in the 1990s in a poor neighbourhood in Seoul, South Korea. Her father is abusive, but then so is nearly every relative in the building she lives in, who treat her like a pun ...more
The storytelling is a bit all over the place, but that's how it feels when you're in the thick of a traumatic phase in your life so I can't totally blame the author. All of the characters feel incredibly real to me. Well worth a read if you can stomach dark and hard imagery of real life shittiness. ...more
The story is told ...more
Pearl grows up in an environment where abuse is around every corner, ...more
The story takes place in Korea and the narrator/main character (Pearl) mainly focuses and talks about her best friend (Jeong-ae) from high school.
Jeong-ae has an abusive alcoholic father and a mother who is never home. She has seen and dealt with the worse kind of abuse.
She introduces Pearl to her messy world and they run away together for one night. An ...more
Very slow story-telling. This is supposed to be a graphic novel, which means it should have short dialogues that are on point in order to avoid distracting the reader’s attention.
It was also full of tautology and i was bored & annoyed with the repetitive information most of the times. However, I can’t fully blame the author for that because this is a translated book.
The drawing was amazing though and it suited the vibe of the story very well (it’s the main reason why Im giving this ...more