A+E 4ever

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Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if ash is ever going to see all of her.... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set...
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Overview

Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if ash is ever going to see all of her.... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life, where affections aren't black and white.

A 2012 Stonewall Children's & Young Adult Literature Honor Book

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Gr 10 Up—Asher, an androgynous teen wrestling with his bisexuality and the social implications at school, makes an ally in Eulalie, an angry, punk-inflected girl whose artistic bent and rebellious tendencies bring the two together. Eu starts as the outsider intruding upon Ash's narrative but becomes the primary identification character as she finds herself uncertain as to how to deal with her romantic feelings for him. The artwork has a sketchbook sensibility. Faces and soulful eyes are vastly important but details like toes and backgrounds are more hastily represented. The figure work is sensuous, with the bodies of the protagonists portrayed with a languor despite the use of jagged hash marks for the details. Visual and narrative structure are given lesser focus, with some pages crammed full of textual description with no corresponding visuals, just more emotive portraits. And while the depiction of harsh honesty of teenage life is frank and therefore will find a small appreciative audience, the raw sexuality, sexual violence, and vulgarity might alienate many others. The emotional arc of Eu's initially unrequited feelings for Ash is moving, and the complexity and danger of young sexuality has merit as a story. But that is a heart buried under a great deal of viscera and ephemera and beneath a scattershot approach to storytelling that will prevent the emotional content from reaching most readers.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590213902
  • Publisher: Lethe Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2011
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 350,213
  • Age range: 16 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    Great Teen Book!

    This is the first graphic novel well, except for mangas..:)… but I find myself thoroughly in love with this book…

    First and foremost, I finally understand why it’s a+e 4EVER, it stands for the 2 protagonist, Asher and Eulalie.

    The fonts are cool and it made it easy for readers to internalize what the characters felt, and amazingly, it even seemed easy to picture out how they say it, or how loud just by reading..:)…. Merey combined manga, sketches, graphic art, etc, and it is wonderful.

    The characters are complicated in a good way, it talks about stereotyping. A+e 4EVER has a beautiful plot in which 2 people labeled outcast by the world find strength and friendship in each other. They're both outsiders, Jewish, artist, music lovers, but most of all, they're both in desperate need of a best friend. They need each other.

    This book perfectly presents us to a chaos-that is high school, how someone may find this, a place of torture instead of learning, and this is the truth in some cases. There are a lot of bullies out there who does nothing but pushed each person they encounter done. Merey weaves an enchanting novel that brought us the roller-coaster of the emotions and daily battles a teen goes.

    .. I admired the author for taking the risk of presenting this kind of issues (stereotyping, bullying, sex, self-identity)… it’s not many who dive into this one without making the readers disgusted, but this book is exceptional and I think recommended for teens or people over the age of 15, or maybe 18,..but this surely a teen book. Merey is another author to watch out for!

    In short, a+e 4EVER is a heartbreakingly-beautiful novel that would surely tug anyone’s heart, about the realities in life, a person could experience just by being different. Very highly recommended!

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