The Road To God Knows... An Original Graphic Novel About Hope, Friendship, Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, And A Young Teenage Girl Coping With Her Life And Coming Of Age In A Broken But Loving Family

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The road to god knows... is the story of Marie, a teenage girl coming to grips with her Mom's schizophrenia. As a result, she's struggling to grow up fast; wrestling with poverty, loneliness, and her Mom's illness every step of the way.

Betty, Marie's Mom, can't help; she's living with an illness that's slowly getting worse and increasingly frightening, and she just doesn't have the resources left over at the end of the day to help Marie. With her Mom absorbed in her own ...

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Overview

The road to god knows... is the story of Marie, a teenage girl coming to grips with her Mom's schizophrenia. As a result, she's struggling to grow up fast; wrestling with poverty, loneliness, and her Mom's illness every step of the way.

Betty, Marie's Mom, can't help; she's living with an illness that's slowly getting worse and increasingly frightening, and she just doesn't have the resources left over at the end of the day to help Marie. With her Mom absorbed in her own problems, Marie is essentially alone while she learns to deal with the chaos in her young life.

Marie's youth makes it that much harder for her to cope - as a teenager, she just doesn't have the life experience to feel confident about her decisions. At the start of the story, we see a scared young girl, uncertain and overwhelmed, but as Betty collapses into a full nervous breakdown, Marie is forced to examine herself and her life and come to a decision: does she continue to be a child, reacting to what's happening around her? Or does she take control of her life, come what may?

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Library Journal
Teenage Marie is a bit overweight and has missed too much school. Her real problem is her schizophrenic mother, especially since her dad—while he loves his daughter—just isn't around much. So it's Marie who has to cope with her mother's personality changes and hospitalizations while managing her own life. Fortunately, Marie has best girlfriend Kelly, who abets Marie's obsession: TV wrestling. And when the two girls escape "reality" to watch a live match, earning ticket money through odd jobs, we know that Marie sees hope for herself. Relatively few graphic novels deal with mental illness (see Graphic Novels, LJ 7/09), and Allan offers an empathetic glimpse at a realistic teen who doesn't rattle cages to seek help even though we might wish she would. Instead, she just keeps going and draws on the resources she has. VERDICT Some nudity and one nonexplicit allusion to masturbation. For teens and up. Note also Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole for older teens and Madison Clell's Cuckoo for adults.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978123703
  • Publisher: Von Allan Studio
  • Publication date: 10/8/2009
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,278,029
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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