Stuck In The Middle Seventeen Comics From An Unpleasant Age
Edited by underground comics icon Ariel Schrag, this anthology of illustrated tales about the agonies and tri...more
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I read this comic-book anthology on the experiences of early adolescence because I am generally interested in the subject of youth, and because it looked like a great opportunity to sample the work of a few lesser-known alternative cartoonists. Unfortunately, the majority of contributions turned out to be less impressive than I had hoped, and the best ones are from cartoonists most fans of alternative comics are already familiar with.
To me, one of the ...more
A compilation of short comics written and illustrated by a variety of cartoonists, most of whom are about my age or a little younger, so I could relate to the 80s setting of most of the stories, this book ...more
This collection was miserable.
That's not to say that the artists and storytellers aren't talented (many of them are award-winning or award-nominated). This collection, however, offered nothing new to readers trying to "survive" middle school. Instead it was filled with painful stories that offered little or no insight into that time of life (save Jace Smith's contribution). Readin ...more
There are a few good moments in most of the pieces--and there are a few really great drawings that made me ...more
Like I said above, this is an anthology. A collection of short stories by 16 different authors. The editor of this collection got to add two short stories. I don't want to talk about all 17 stories in this review because that would take too long. I did however break down each story in my updated progress section. So if you are super interested in each story you can look there.
All of these ...more
Stuck in the Middle was one of the first anthologies of memoir and slice of life comics I read, checking it out from my college library, and it really sparked my interest in the genre, introducing me to a lot of interesting artists, including Ariel Schrag, Gabrielle Bell, and Aaron Renier, among others.
Middle school is definitely a rich and traumatic vein to draw from; I can’t think of anyone who actually enjoyed this period of their educations, the time in between childhood and the ...more
For me it just brought back bad memories.
A few highlights were: "Snitch" by Tania Shrag, in which the author loses popularity for snitching; "Anxiety" by Eric Enright, in which a sixth grader is sent to therapy for his problems adjusting; "Tina Roti" by Cole Johnson, in which an unpopular girl transfers to a new middle school and remains unpopular; "Hit M ...more
Because of this, some resonated with me way more than others. Mostly I breezed through, perhaps laughing a little at one or feeling a commiserating “yeah, I remember that” with another. But on the whole, I just didn’t emotionally connect. The stor ...more
The stories definitely reflect the unpleasantness of going through puberty, going to middle school and high school. It certainly brought back my own unpleasant memories of that time in my life.
I would recommend it to older kids, not so much tweens and younger kids. Because it might give them the wrong impression of what they're going to face ...more
The 17 stories provide an interesting variety of cartooning styles, including some i ...more
I enjoyed the stories. You could really feel the pain, and it was a good feeling to know that almost EVERYONE had a miserable time in Middle School. It was also a nice sneak peek into a bunch of different author's styles, and now I know of se ...more
Yuck yuck yuck at free meat!
The dead pan delivery makes for chilling reading.
Such intimate details left me feeling like I was doing the dirty deeds of hell.
Then the story switches in a really clever way to the victims PoV; I found this fascinating.
Reading the back and forth between them is enlightening but even as he shares elements of himself with her you cant help thinking, sorry that's just not a good enough reason ...more
in any case, i didn't like a lot of the illustrations here, however, i felt that many times they went with the story. they were awkward and felt kind of ugly, which is exactly how many of us feel in the middle school years.
my favorite story was ...more
She is the author of the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise (Simon & Schuster), which chronicle her four years at Berkeley High School. Potential was nominated for an Eisner Award and Likewise was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.