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Manuel and Mia live together in Bologna, in a house that is so crowded they have a roommate they’ve never seen. Mia is almost thirty, hates her job, and has a deep desire to dig into life before it’s too late—before becoming hopelessly adult. Manuel is publishing a serial novel online about courtly love, which he hopes might one day find a publisher. Mia and Manuel have dr ...more
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published June 12th 2019 by Europe Comics/BAO Publishing (first published November 2nd 2017)
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erigibbi
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo fumetto racchiude la storia di molti giovani di oggi. Io in particolare mi sono ritrovata in Mia per la sua insoddisfazione professionale dovuta ad un continuo cambio di lavoretti part-time che non le danno nessuna soddisfazione. Mia sente che sta perdendo di vista i suoi obiettivi, si chiede cos’è riuscita a combinare negli ultimi dieci anni e la risposta non è così positiva. Vuole un lavoro che la faccia sentire appagata, vuole un lavoro che le piaccia e che la completi.

Anche con Manuel
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Anna Luce
★★★★✰ 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5)

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with the opportunity to read Biondi's stunning work.



Although I'm Italian, before coming across Just Enough on NetGalley, I'd never heard of Flavia Biondi. As soon as I saw her artwork I fell in love.
I can best describe this as a 'slice of life' that depicts the 'what now?' that might come at the end of your twenties, when you feel the pressure to 'settle down' or start a 'real' career and become a 'real' adult. I liked th
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Chantal
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una storia toccante quella di Mia e Manuel, due ragazzi che hanno perso di vista il loro amore. Mia è spaventata dal futuro, si è appena licenziata e non sa cosa ne sarà della sua vita, così gira in tondo, allo sbaraglio con la paura costante di sbagliare. Manuel è uno scrittore, immerso nelle terre antiche del suo manoscritto non si rende conto di come Mia soffre, di come il loro legame si sta deteriorando giorno dopo giorno. La giusta mezura è una graphic Novel che racconta come l'amore in rea ...more
Mec
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quanta banalità!
Una storiella con due trentenni che fanno la vita degli studenti fuori sede e fuori tempo massimo. Lui idealista, innamorato, fedele, integerrimo aspirante scrittore e lei senza arte né parte, piena di dubbi e struggimenti. La storia della crisi è trattata in modo superficiale e strizza fin troppo l'occhio ad un romanticismo dai tratti banali. Il tutto sullo sfondo della mia amata Bologna (ma questa è un'altra storia).
Alessia Rella
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regali, italiani
«Mi hanno insegnato che l'intimità è quella roba dei corpi che si scoprono fra di loro. Che l'intimità sia conoscere i gusti di qualcuno. L'odore reciproco. Il numero di cucchiaini di zucchero nel caffè. Oggi credo che intimità significhi anche resa. Il trovarsi inermi davanti all'evidenza di non essere migliori, speciali, l'eccezione. Il dirsi parole che aprono un vuoto. Guardare insieme quel vuoto. E vederci solo del vuoto»
«E il senso della vita che altro è, se non una storia che ci raccontiam
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Gabry
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una storia vera, di quelle che possiamo sentirci raccontare tutti i giorni, ma contornata da un racconto dell’amor cortese meraviglioso.

Disegni sulle tonalità del blu molto belli e dettagliati, ho potuto camminare di nuovo per le strade ed i portici di Bologna.

Davvero bellissima!
Dolceluna
Lo confesso. Appena ho letto, nella descrizione del libro, “volume cartonato con la copertina stampata in Imitlin telato blu e la stampa a schiaccio a caldo in bianco”, da amante dell’oggetto libro (e da appassionata di graphic novels) sono andata subito in visibilio. Senza sapere, tra l’altro, cosa fossero di preciso l’Imitlin e la stampa a schiaccio a caldo.
Ho letto la trama e il fatto che dovevo averlo, beh, è stata una certezza. Così l’ho cercato in largo e in lungo questo volume di Flavia B
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Jill Kenna
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this graphic novel. I wasn't sure if it was going to be something that I would like but I'm so glad that I gave it a chance. This story is about Manuel and Mia who are living in a house with so many roommates that they haven't even met one of them yet. The story starts off with Mia quitting her job while Manuel works and writes a popular story online. The two of them have been together for eight years and are both coming to terms with their day to day reality. Mia is unsatisfi ...more
Abc
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gran bella graphic novel! Penso che il valore aggiunto di quest'opera stia nel fatto di essere calata molto bene nel presente di tanti trentenni che anagraficamente sono adulti, ma non riescono a fare il salto generazionale per via del lavoro che non si trova, dei soldi che non bastano mai e dei sogni che restano sempre nel cassetto.
Come tutto questo influisce sulla vita di coppia? Ce lo racconta Flavia Biondi con i suoi bellissimi disegni che, non so come, riescono a rendere benissimo le emozio
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Nelliamoci
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La giusta mezura è soprattutto una storia d’amore e lo è nel profondo perché ragiona sulle lunghe distanze, su ciò che l’amore diventa con il passare degli anni e cosa porta con sé nei cuori e nelle menti di chi ne è folgorato. Flavia Biondi racchiude in tavole dalla tonalità blu tutti i sogni e gli incubi che rincorrono i giovani persi in un presente sempre più difficile da gestire.

https://justanotherpoint.wordpress.co...
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Fabiola
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti-manga
4 e ½*
GONZA
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think it is strange to read a graphic novel that is written in Italian as a translated book, but still I like Flavia Biondi and I couldn't miss this opportunity and I am glad that I did! "Just enough" is a very reliable summary of what happens after the Happy Ending, the reason why romance books always stop at the wedding and I could give you many other examples. but she did it, she went on and tells a tale of a true love and all that it means.

Penso che prima di tutto sia strano leggere una gr
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Georgia
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of reading this book via NetGalley. This was a really refreshing book. It felt so real and the author did a great job making the characters and story relatable. So many couples go through this and it didn't sugar coat the reality of the situation. I particularly loved some of the drawings and I could look at them for ages as there was so much emotional depth to them. There were many parts of it that I could read over again and it could easily be quotable as it is written so w ...more
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"There are no straight roads in life. The chapter between before and after is about being human, for better or for worse."

This was such a wonderful commentary on love and relationships. I was fully invested in Mia and Manuel's relationship, and was rooting for them the entire time. I related so much to Mia and her struggles with her life and feeling stuck and unworthy. The art style was a nice refreshing style, and I liked it a lot. I would definitely recommend this!
Agnes
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho conosciuto Flavia con la sua prima breve Graphic Novel “Barba di perle” ed è stato amore a prima pagina. Ad oggi mi manca solo da leggere “la generazione” ma spero di recuperarlo presto perché non voglio perdermi niente di questa fantastica artista!

Veniamo alla giusta mezura... i protagonisti sono sono Mia e Manuel, una coppia alla soglia dei trent’anni che sta insieme da 8 anni e che vive ancora in una casa per studenti in attesa di un lavoro stabile che consenta loro il salto alla vita adul
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Ije the Devourer of Books
I grabbed this from Netgalley as soon as I saw it because last year I read another book by this author/artist which was excellent.

This book did not disappoint me either.

Manuel and Mia have been living together for eight years. They live in a shared house with students and flat mates. Manuel is ready for the two of them to find their own place. He wants the whole caboodle; marriage, children and Mia.

Mia is grappling with the reality that she will never be a sculptress and that her life may consi
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L A
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to Europe Comics and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read a graphic novel for ages, but this sounded intriguing. This modern slice of life story follows Manuel and Mia, a young Italian couple living in Bologna and charts the ups and downs of being in a long-term relationship.

Initially I didn’t completely love the art style, but it grew on me as I progressed through the story. The art fits the dynamic of the story really
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Shaunna McLaren
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*ARC PROVIDED BY NETGALLEY*

Review from my blog, Shaunna Reads.

We always think that we deserve a better life, but we’re not willing to make it happen ourselves.


It’s been years since I’ve read a graphic novel. However, after recently becoming a member of NetGalley, I came across Flavia Biondi’s Just Enough in the ‘read now’ section, and was instantly drawn to the art style. The cover, thankfully, did not disappoint. The illustrations were beautiful and modern, perfectly depicting the characters an
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Nali's Shelter
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recensione presente anche sul blog: https://nalisshelter.blogspot.com/
Voto: 5 stelle
Post Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/BxHfJyTHRUI/

Non sapevo niente di questa graphic novel quando l'ho iniziata, non sapevo quale storia mi sarei trovata a leggere e forse questo è stato un bene. Mi sono immersa nella storia di Manuel e Mia senza pregiudizi o aspettative e nonostante una delle tematiche trattate sia per me un tasto dolentissimo, ho trovato questa lettura davvero stupenda ed emozionante.

Mi
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So92
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tra i portici, le piazze e i monumenti di Bologna si svolge la storia di Mia e Manuel, una coppia di quasi trentenni a cui la vita da studente fuori sede e lavoratore precario - fatta di appartamenti condivisi, paghe irrisorie e pochissimo spazio per i sogni - va già stretta da un po’. Il loro legame è in una fase di stallo, e Mia non sa più se sia il caso di lottare per recuperarlo o lasciarsi andare. Presentata come una storia di libri e scrittori, in realtà La giusta mezura sfrutta il pretest ...more
Basma
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
To me a measure of how much I love a book or have enjoyed the story recently has been whether I think I want to own a physical copy on my shelf and that's how I feel about this book. This is one of those stories that resonates because it feels way too real but there's also a high chance that you could be reading this and going through what any of the characters in this book are going through or maybe one of your friends or siblings and it just ends up makes things click.

This is a story about Mia
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Fede❄️
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La mia prima graphic novel (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stelle

Sono partita con il proposito di leggere solo qualche pagina giusto per farmi un’idea della storia e di cosa volesse dire approcciarsi a una graphic novel, ma ho finito con il divorarla in meno di un’ora.
La storia è molto bella, a tratti dolce, a tratti triste, a tratti divertente, ma soprattutto è un racconto in cui ognuno di noi si può rivedere, in particolar modo chi ha superato i 20 anni e sta portando/ha portato a termine il proprio percorso
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Isabella
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very delicate contemporary love story that can touch intimate feelings without being invasive. A bit slow in the storyline and the cianotype-like art may not appeal to everyone, but it is a good comic.
Jessica Niccolini
Una storia carina e attuale, i disegni belli, ma nulla di che..
Carrie Templeton
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely art combined with a moving story about love, struggle, and growing up. Life doesn’t fit nicely in a box and sometimes art inspires action in surprising ways.
Naza
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this graphic novel!
Set in Bologna,Italy, Flavia Biondi narrates the story of Mia and Manuel,a young couple living in a shared house with students and flatmates ,trying to face every day challenges and the ups and downs of their relationship.

Being Italian, I have found the atmosphere of Bologna perfectly represented.The use of a palette of blue and white colours is an excellent choice to depict the uncertainty and the sense of being lost in life.

The love story is the representati
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nikki
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This was a really refreshing book. Everything from the commentary to the relatable characters to how realistic and emotional the drawings were, made this book feel perfect.
It all felt so real and the author did a wonderful job at making it that way. Watching Mia and Manuel struggle with the ups and downs of every relationship and just the everyday mundane that life can be was unlike anything I can even describe. I resonated with Mia’s feeling of “what now?” and feeling stuck where you are in li
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Asiana Circus
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A warm story about a girl and her boyfriend, about growing up and the hardship of long term relationships. The art is gorgeous. Would love to read/see more.
Bru and The Books
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Copy provided by NetGalley*

It's hard to put into words how much I loved this comic book, but I'll try my best.

This story had so much depth and was so emotional for me. Mia and Manu became my favorite couple this year so far, and I wish I could meet them in real life or to be transported to inside the book and have a chat with them that would last for hours.
Their couple's journey was so fantastic and had so many layers... You can see it happening with everybody. They're real problems, real situa
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Flavia Biondi nasce a Castelfiorentino (FI) nel 1988.

Fin da sempre appassionata alle storie che raccontano le vicende del quotidiano lavora ai suoi fumetti tutti incentrati su personaggi all’apparenza modesta ma dal grande cuore. Dopo il diploma artistico e la laurea triennale presso L’accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna in Fumetto e Illustrazione collabora con varie etichette di autoproduzione. N
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