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Local by Brian Wood
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Apr 07, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, comix

Megan McKeenan is a drifter - she floats from city to city without ever feeling at home anywhere. We follow her as she muddles her way through various scenarios - a drug-addicted boyfriend; a bloody show-down between two estranged brothers; an obsessive-compulsive roommate; a job at a movie theater where she changes her identity as often as she changes her socks. There are twelve of these stories altogether, each one compelling and well-told. What makes the book even more interesting is that each story shows Megan a little bit more grown-up and a little bit wiser. We also learn bits and pieces about her past, which help to make sense of her wandering ways. The book comes to a logical - yet cathartic - conclusion, with Megan finally settling down in an old family house. It is here - the place that she's carried the key to throughout her travels - that she's finally able to come to grips with a number of failed (even tragic) relationships.

LOVED this! I haven't been so absorbed by a book in a while. I loved the storytelling - very inventive and well-paced. The ending was a bit pat - it seems like Megan ends up reciting the main themes of the book - but this is a small complaint. I truly loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes graphic novels.

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Caitlin this book sounds really interesting, I'll have to look for it.

message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy It's in the library system. I haven't gotten around to it yet, but I agree - it looks cool.

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