Unlovable, Vol. 2
Loosely based on a teenager’s diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce, as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson. This second and concluding volume picks up where the first volume left off (winter break) and finishes Tammy’s tragicomic sophomore year of high school in 1985.
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Vol. II gets deeper with social interactions and develops Tammy's sense of self a little more. I think she's becoming independent without knowing it. Or maybe that's wishful thinking.
This series charms me for several reasons. I thoroughly enjoy the garish drawings mixed with Tammy's personality. She seems like actually a really nice, yet clueless, but also lazy kid. Her friends are total burnouts and Tammy sometimes break dances. Her brother Willis is a jerk and their sibiling altercations are hilarious in a way that really captures the teen in the 80's.