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Posted June 19, 2012
I never really thought about 'sad brides 'until I read this real
I never really thought about 'sad brides 'until I read this really funny and unusually insightful book, which reminded me there are reasons for cliches-- they're true! Our mothers, our boyfriends, but above all how we are as young women and how painful experiences teach us to evolve and finally listen to our own voices! I laughed out loud many times and recognized myself and my friends. I can honestly say I will never look at a photograph of a bride in the same way again. The art is colorful and almost naive-- perfect for a coming of age at any age story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2012
This lit is not just for chicks
More than just enjoying this book, it gave me new insights into a woman's world (I'm a middle-aged guy who's been through a divorce). The surprising thing is that it's not all that different from a man's world. It was easy to relate to the character Jo. From the painful errors of childhood romance and learning about sex from dogs (I had a similar experience to Jo, while walking my dog at the age of seven, resulting in puppies), to thinking that getting laid is the solution to post-split depression and finding one's own voice, these themes cross the gender gap.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The art style is great--I like the flat color images that are somewhere between comics and pop art--a sophisticated approach that draws on the dichotomy between naivety and high culture, paralleling the evolution of the book's protagonist. The use of a more sketchy style in black and white for the flashbacks, with red accents, evokes the sensation of real memories, simultaneously vague and intense. And the voice that comes out of the blue is brilliant.
It's a fast-paced read, with some laugh-out-loud moments, and enough depth that scenes and characters reverberate in the mind afterwards, interacting with personal memories. I'd like to read a sequel, or watch it on HBO.