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Follow novelist Cecil Castellucci in this insightful memoir of making art, the nature of memory, and being a teenager in 80s New York City.

One thing young Cecil was sure of from the minute she saw Star Wars was that she was going to be some kind of artisté. Probably a filmmaker. Possibly Steven Spielberg. Then in 1980 the movie Fame came out. Cecil wasn’t allowed to see
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Archaia
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Julie Ehlers
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've only read a couple of Cecil Castellucci's books (The Plain Janes and Janes in Love, to be specific) and I was kind of lukewarm on them, so I'm not sure why I was so on fire to read Girl on Film. Fortunately, my instinct turned out to be correct: This was a SUPER FUN memoir-in-comics. It serves as both a coming-of-age tale of Castellucci's determination to live a creative life (or "art life," as she calls it) and a vibrant depiction of the art scenes in Manhattan in the 1980s and Montreal in ...more
Mary McCoy
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very special book about what it means to be an artist, not just the follow-your-heart passion parts, but the harder parts as well: disappointment, frustration, the moments where your reach exceeds your grasp, and outright failure. But in this book, none of that is a tragedy or cause for bitterness. It's part of the journey, it's what constructs an artist's heart, and it's beautiful.
Kristin Boldon
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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A good memoir, mixing science theory on memory with personal history of an artist's development. I found the multiple artists distracting. I would have preferred only 2 for the contrast. Four made it feel muddled.
Caroline Cogswell
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a fantastic book to use as a read aloud for fourth grade and up. It is about a girl named Cecil who was inspired by the original star wars movie in the 80's to become an artist. Then a new movie called "Fame" came out but the problem was Cecil was 10 and the movie was rated R. However, this did not stop Cecil from fantasizing about her dream of becoming an artist. Throughout the book she displays her passion to one day turn that dream into reality. Not only does this expose students to ...more
Jaime
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just what I needed today. Such a great book about being an artist and what art means and producing art. Definitely going to be rereading this soon for more inspiration.
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star Stone in the Sky, Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon) and Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

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