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The Heartbreak Diet by Thorina Rose
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Jul 15, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: comics
Read in July, 2012

The art in this book is very good, and you can tell that her drawing style is what got her a book deal. It certainly wasn't that she had any fresh insights on divorce or that she had a firm grasp of storytelling. This is another example of a sad trend in graphic memoirs lately, in which book publishers have been jumping on the bandwagon to travel down a path laid by the popularity of Alison Bechdel and Marjane Satrapi and creating a glut on the market. If this were a conventional memoir, it would never have been published; it is much too slight. But it seems to be ok in book publishers' eyes to allow such stories with little to say to be published as graphic novels, because in the end it's just a comic book and it doesn't have to meet the same standards as "real" literature, right?

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