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Notes for a War Story by Gipi
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Jul 03, 2009

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Read in June, 2009

Notes for a War Story is a graphic novel that discusses the trials of being a teenager growing up in a "war zone." The narrator Giuliano, is a boy of 17 who is trying to figure out where his place is during the war. Is his place with his friends as they steal, deliver mysterious packages, and collect debts for a man they barely know to make ends meet, or is it at home with his computer, comfortable home, and parents where all the comforts of home are available?

According to Giuliano's friends Stephano "Little Killer" and Christian, he is not like them. He is of a different class than they are, and he couldn't possibly understand what it is like to struggle. Giuliano has vivid dreams of his friends, but they have no heads; no faces. He is confused as to why his faceless friends appear in his dreams until much later in his life. The reader will discover with Giuliano the chilling reality of a boy who feels the war never touches him even when he is jumping out of the back of a militia truck that is taking him to war.

"How many bombs have to go off before it becomes your war?"
--Little Killer

**Warning: The language in this book is rather explicit and the frequent use of certain words may be found offensive.**
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