From her father and mother's interracial marriage to her own "you show me yours, I'll show you mine" moments on the playground—from drug experimentation to sexual/identity questions—MariNaomi lays her inner life bare. Kiss & Tell is her funny and frank memoir in graphic form: a fresh and offbeat coming-of-age story unfolding against the colorful backdrop of San Francisco in the '80s and '90s. Through deft storytelling and charming illustration, MariNaomi carries us through first love and worst love, through heartbreak and bedroom experimentation, as she grows from misfit teen to young woman.
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About the Author
Artist and writer MariNaomi was born in Texas and raised on the West Coast. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Comics Journal, Not My Small Diary, and Action Girl. She believes in animal rights, following one's dreams, and that nice guys and gals always deserve a shot. She lives with her husband and small entourage of animal friends in San Francisco, California.
What People are Saying About This
“MariNaomi is a true original. This sometimes harrowing tale of young love made me rock with laughter and wince with sympathetic mortification.”
“Despite offering an abundance of convenient stopping points, Kiss & Tell insists on not being put down until you’ve read every sordid detail. MariNaomi’s romantic resume is extensive and messy, but it’s a funny and rewarding wreck to watch.”
“This book isn’t merely a laundry list of men that Mari has dated over the years; it’s the earnest story of a young woman’s tumultuous, hilarious and heartbreaking youth. It’s also smart, funny, original and compulsively readable.”
“Kiss & Tell gets love, sex, and everything in between exactly right. Reading MariNaomi’s graphic memoir is like reading my own childhood journal—if my journal were extremely funny and well drawn.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is not often that when you read a book, you go out and buy another copy for your best friend. After reading MariNaomi's graphic novel, Kiss &Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, that is what I did. The narrative and illustrations capture the roller coaster of youth. Every delightful, funny, sad, poignant and harrowing moment brings back memories. I wonder what happened to.. Quote from MariNaomi's epilogue in Kiss & Tell "It took me a long time before I got to know myself by myself". I'm so glad she did. She produced a book that you cannot put down.
My favorite part about this book has to be the artwork. The storyline was great as well, it depicted the highs and lows of growing up and discovering pieces of yourself and what you want in a partner both intimately and in a relationship. On top of that, it was just down right funny. She didn't hide anything and exposed herself to the world in such a light manner that made me laugh even the embarrasing stuff most people prefer to forget. I should also mention that don't be put off by the title, guys will definately in enjoy this book as well. Her sense of humor is refreshing.
In reading this book, I recalled many of my own adolescent dating experiences that I've (purposefully) buried deep into my skeleton closet. These were events and feelings I haven't thought about in over 30 years! Ok, MariNaomi went way farther down a seedier path than I ever did, but that's the guilty pleasure part! Just when you think you've heard it all or seen it all, MariNaomi pushed that envelope a little further...and in some cases, A LOT FURTHER! It made my, 50 year old, self blush! This book is definitely funny and insightful...in a mature way. Not for kids!
"Kiss & Tell" is a graphic memoir of author-illustrator MariNaomi's long string of flings and relationships up until the age of 22. Chapters, are for the most part, structured around a boy or man, with Naomi introducing the character and context before explaining the story and extant of the relationship.Naomi doesn't take herself too seriously and "Kiss & Tell" makes for an amusing and enjoyable read, with comic illustrations. Despite it being a chronicle of her life, I found it short of character growth and reflection. The comic felt more like a compiled serial, with a rapid-fire setup and gag for each small chapter.