The Stone AgeThe Oooh ahh song GritzMother Pink FloydTake me ut RentTake me ut Franz FerdinandJerk it ThunderheistWhat s new Pussycat Tom JonesAll I need RadioheadHooker with a penis ToolPlanet telex RadioheadKodachrome Simon and GarfunkleSee ya baby Groove ArmadaSorry you re not a winner Enter Shikari I was given a copy f this to review by Lethe Press I am not a graphic novel reader habitually so I wasn t sure what to expect I read it in DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting one sitting and by the endf it two words came to me that described the experienceHeartbreaking BeautifulI found the art to have just the right level f impressionism to it emotions exaggerated almost crudely perhaps from a bit f manga influence Asher the boy is androgynous and beautiful Eulalie is tall tough with long hair shaved n the side They are complex characters which I was surprised to find in a graphic novel I stand corrected n my prejudices nowAsh is Civil rights, tool of communist deception often mistaken for a girl assumed to be gayften bullied by the ther highschoolers Eu n the Cutthroat other hand is described as a lonely tough talking dyke The two are drawn together by the fact that they re bothutcasts and their bond becomes very deep very uickly They are both artists they like similar music and in each An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims other they find the support they need to help find themselvesMy favourite thing about this story is the fact that despite the initial labels given to the title characters they are not what you expect There comes a moment where Ash and Eu do talk to eachther about their respective identities but rather than finding new labels for each The Claiming of the Shrew other they shed the labels the world has given them and simply become who they are In doing so they take a step towards redefining the very words used to identify them I give this book five stars for characterisation realism and redefining stereotypes in a genre that seldom takes the risk A E 4ever is a story that explores the complexityf sexuality and sexual identity in a way that would have been eye Summoned opening for me as a teenager Mostf the LGBT literature I read usually focuses n the first 3 letters f the acronym with a few ventures into the 4th but seldom to anything as complex as Merey s graphic novelThe story follows Asher Machnik and Eulalie Mason two Jewish teens with a beautifully complicated relationship that was fascinating to follow Asher is an androgynous boy who is ridiculed and hated because he refuses to be anything but his authentic self Eulalie is a tough girl with a soft spot for Asher She accepts him and penly wants to be with him but Asher nly seeks her company and friendship The plot itself is pretty typical teenager fare teenage drama and escapades but the nuanced depiction Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of genderueer life was a refreshing taken an Dead Inside otherwise typical story I had some issues with somef the sexually explicit content in parts f the novel because I genuinely do not know what to make f graphic depictions The Taste of Spruce Gum of teen sexuality butther that that I do recommend this graphic novel for teenagers "looking to see themselves and the beautifully complex f their lives *Asher S Family Moves Around *s family moves around lot Their recent "to see themselves and beautifully complex ueerness f their lives Asher s family moves around a lot Their recent has brought him to yet another new town and another new high school and it s taking him while to find his feet It doesn t help that Asher is a really pretty boy whose effeminate looks garner him lots She Stoops to Conquer of the wrong kindf attention Eulalie Eu about the toughest skinniest TALLEST goth girl you can imagine steps in to save him befriends him and then falls hopelessly in love with him They re a bit Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile of andd couple when juxtaposed but they do everything together clubbing music making art hanging Orb out at Asher s house Eu ispen and honest with Asher about how she feels but he doesn t reciprocate in fact he can barely stand to be touched by her When he loses his virginity it s pretty much rape in a bathroom stall with strangers And after that he s with a number The Dandy and Lady Penelope of guys Eu s hurt but figures Asher is into guys What really kills her is when he starts dating another girl at school Confused she pushes away from him and tries to find someone else whom she likes as much After some time apart Asher and Eu come together again and this time there s a new spark between them This storyf first loves and first relationships is bittersweet but everyone who s ever fallen in love will recognize and relate to what Eulalie is going through Rough bold black and white artwork illustrates this tale perfectly It s hard and edgy like Eu s protective exoskeleton Reading this book was like going back in time to the time f awkward teenagers in high school to the time f confusion to the time Multi-Family Therapy of the crueltyf puberty While I have to admit that my National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition own slicef that period was uite easy I had plenty f friends who combined had the same sort f issues that A and E experienced Even though ur high school was very tolerant some lesser fortunate kids were going through a subtler version f the conflicts in this book Following the friendship A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged of A and E was uite a ride as at times it brought back happy memories from my friendships atther times it made me jealous because I feel like I missed Think good thoughts about a pussycat out in my life and yetther times it made me sad to relive the One, Two, Three Me one sided relationships through them This is what really made the book for me the ease at which I was able to identify with the characters who are nothing like me at first glance I felt that the art direction was spotn for this type f story Unconstrained and casual a touch unrefined much like we all were and still are The blend f comic manga and sketchbook styles Merey emplo. Onely tough talking dyke from school who befriends Ash The Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos onlyne to see and accept all f 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 f her a e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguo. When I think about this book I don t particularly think about the plot Yes it s about two gender nonconforming teens who become friends and consider And yes I was completely enraptured reading it sucked into asher and eulalie s lives Pretty sure I read this in Tea for Ruby one sitting And the story is important and the story is heartbreaking and the story is adorable and the story makes my chest swell just thinking about itBut ultimately it s the aestheticf this that I m really The Life of Saint Philip Neri obsessed with The feelf this is very zine like very homemade very collagey very ut f the box as ne f the cover blurbs says It s fully 85x11 and the I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 outside cover is soft almost like velvet any paper experts want to tell me the right terminology for it Inside it s a wide mix some actual panels and dialogue positioned sorta like speech bubbles would be but also pagesf mostly text There s a hand drawn uality It feels like a sketchbook like merey just poured this story The Whistle Pig outnto the page fully formed though I imagine that effortlessness is art than truth interlude while Raina searches the internets for information about the author and whether she can buy the book directly from the author then finds author s blogIf I was n Pinterest I would pin everything i merey s doneReading through merey s blog leaves me dreamy and low n xygenI have thoughts f desires Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of getting tattoosf merey s illustrationsswoonThere s tonnes A Stepdaughter In Heat of fairly explicit sexual content here which is probably why it s shelved in the adult comics inur library but I hope the right teens find this bookAs for me I m pretty sure I m a lifelong fan now I m not sure entirely what to think about this book It does some things very well does some things very poorly and touches n topics that are frustratingly absent in 95% f most media The story is about a couple Rufus of high school kids who are androgynous The female character Eu is sometimes boyish looking but straight The male character Ash is feminine looking and bi sexual They meet asutcasts in the same typical high school and form a bond that lasts fora little bit The story focuses n the relationship between these two characters while touching n issues You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of sexual identity social acceptance andyouth promiscuity I m not sure about that lastne and I suppose that s the toughest part f the book for me The male character Ash begins the novel with a disorder where he can not be touched It makes him vastly uncomfortable to have any contact with another human This is interesting but for the fact that after the first couple sections he apparently loses this aversion and it s never mentioned again Likewise his sexual identity something ambiguous from the start is basically forced n him during a bathroom rape scene And yet that scene shapes him into a boy loving sex maniac This bothered me because I for Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice one don t feel like rape should be the genesisf someone s sexual exploration His reactions to this event are frankly baffling and I felt like it shaped who he became for the rest f the novel a deplorable pig Maybe not having been in high school for a long time particularly ne where trans gender teens had any place I don t know what it s like for these young people Maybe this book is an accurate representation If it is I worry because I feel like the teenagers depicted in it with the exception The Cowboys of Eu is all around pretty great are disgusting people Their genders and sexual preferences have nothing to do with this It s their attitudes and actions that make them disgusting and I suppose that s why I didn t find myself returning to the book with any kindf joy I finished it to finish
and was to be done I just realized that I never left a review as to why I DNF d this novel And I know that it s not necessary but I like to leave Sins of Treachery one when I actually have a solid reason as to why I DNF dI couldn t stand the art style It reminded mef when I was ten and trying ut those really amateur anime styles that were all the craze in the 2008 2012 time period I really didn t like either character and I just couldn t understand what was going n The way the story was tell turned my alarm bells My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City on and I just could not figure itut I never got to the point where the character s ueer IDs came into play but I honestly didn t get it Also something has been bugging me about Ash being androgynous and being bullied about it because he s pretty I just can t place whyEither way the art and storytelling style just weren t for me I didn t like the characters and even though I technically had to read this for my class I decided not to because this book wasn t worth the terrible migraine it was giving me Intense unhappy honest and messy in a way I seldom see in fiction featuring teensI see some reviewers complained that the art is not polished but I thought this style contributed positively to the verall effect f the novel which feels as if it could have been drawn by ne "Of The Constantly Sketching ProtagonistsAlso "the constantly sketching protagonistsAlso excellent soundtrack I really liked that it was marked in the panels what was playing n the characters headphonesPlaylistSo unhappy I could die Lady GagaSoy un perpador BeckScentless apprentice NirvanaUnintended MuseEverything in its Right place RadioheadTV eye Iggy PopNancy Boy PlaceboMad World Gary JulesThere s a light in my head that never goes ut The SmithsWhere is my mind The PixiesJerk ff ToolStanding Papi's Gift outside a broken telephone booth Primitive Radio GodsBliss MuseWTF Ok GoMoan TrentmollersMichael Franz FerdinandSeven Nation Army White StripesThink twice Eve SixNOne knows ueens f. 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 f being touched Art remains his nly escape from an therwise emotionally empty life Eulalie Mason is the Yed is uniue and forms a perfect symbiosis with the narrative sometimes deliberately rough sometimes genuinely beautifulLast but not least the font selection was for lack グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] of better words cool The main font being very crisp and legible despite the book being almost exclusively in ALLCAPS Asher Machnik is a shy effeminate soul who just wants his junior year at his new high school to go by uickly painlessly Terrifiedf being physically touched with a real phobia that makes him break down and sweat Asher throws himself whole heartedly into his sketchbook escaping within his drawings Unfortunately for him Asher s soft features and androgynous look make him a target for the school s ignorant bullies But it s this same delicacy this fragility that draws Eulalie to Asher as well He s different from anyone she s ever met before in a good but unexplainable way Eulalie Eu for short is seriously mad at the world and she s not afraid to show it Labeled as a dyke and a freak by her fellow classmates Eu doesn t take crap from anyone But she also understands what it feels like to be alone When she defends Asher in the lunchroom the two strike up a fast forming friendship They re both utsiders they re both artists they re both Jewish they re both music fans but most f all they re both in desperate need f a best friend They need each ther As the two get to know each The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within other better Eu develops a crushn Asher while he meanwhile explores his sexuality and tries to The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry overcome his fearf being touched But will Asher ever recognize that the person who understands him most isn t in some bar it s in Eu Or will E and A never get to realize what might have been between them This graphic gorgeous black and white novel perfectly captures the whirlwind blur that is high school From going to darkened bars that make you feel empty to concert halls with pounding walls Merey vividly portrays the challenges and emotional roller coasters that being a teen is all aboutThe art is impressive with great detail and attention paid to bodies and faces specifically eyes and lips Sometimes the backgrounds are blurred sometimes there are large chunks File Under: Arson of text It is a slightly varied graphic novel experience than thene I ve experienced before although no less enjoyable I love that the story works Wicked Sense on so many levels too This is a book where readers can read into the book however they likeAnd while there are some scenes and subjects that are hard to swallow and digest the book is ultimately uplifting in mypinion and it leaves a good taste in your mouth I was sad when it was ver and haven t been able to get it ut Powerless Against You of my head for days In fact I inhaled the book and stayed awake after I d finished just staringff into space It s been haunting me for reasons that I cannot articulate It s certainly not for everyone thougha e 4ever is a highly entertaining and worthwhile read where readers can lose and find themselves all n the same pageAudience fans fit and was
novels lesbian bisexual transgender and uestioning readers LGBT wallflowers utsiders thespians mature teens and adultsThemes boygirl friendships new kid at school high school LGBT relationships uestioning sexuality love discovering neself recoverycoping bullying religion specifically Judaism defining and redefining gender roles art drawing musicconcerts school play first love rape incest virginity phobias and fears Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of being touchedr getting too close to people self identityReadalikes If you love this you will also like Wet Moon Volume 1 Feeble Wanderings series by Dr Ross Campbell f2m The Boy Within by Hazel Edwards Circle The Texan Meets His Match of Change by Laney Cairo Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger I Am J by Cris Beam This reviewriginally appeared n Reading Writing and the World f Words This book was amazing I really loved it all the way through Eu and Ash were unbelievably real dimensional and flawed in all the right ways I felt like they could be anybody They could have been people who I went to school with people who come into where I work They were that real Eu actually reminded me f ne f my best friends from grade 12 in the waygraphic novels lesbian
She Talked An ActedThe Booktalked an actedThe book very well the confusion that comes with being a teenager Both main characters dance around the idea f gender identity and sexuality without speaking Blue Guide New York of it directly except in a few scenesThe book loses a star for three reasons 1 The Art This is a graphic novel emphasisn graphic but we ll get to that later The art is done in black marker and it s uite messy It takes some getting used to The first few sections were just irritating to me and as a result I didn t get much ut f the first third Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered of the book Somef the fonts are hard to read but if you take a second look it s easier I think a lot could have been done to make this readable but it may have taken away from the indie feel Garden of The Gods of the book so I can see why the author made the choices they did 2 The LanguageSubject Matter I got pretty sickf all the cursing throughout I live a pretty sheltered life though Most people probably wouldn t notice it as much Another part f this point is a few scenes where sex ccurs It s a book based n "Art So Sex Scenes Are "so sex scenes are f weird to read but the author doesn t really show much nudity r anything which is great Again I m a sheltered kind f person so this still struck me a little bit the wrong way 3 The Epilogue I feel like the epilogue took away from the power Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments of this book If it had ended where it did before this last part I would have been much happierAll in all thumbs up A good read for ueer youth. Us crossroads where love and friendship boy and girl straight and gay meet It goes where few books have ventured into genderueer life where affections aren't black and white A Stonewall Youth Book Award Honoree for its frank portrayalf ueer contemporary yout. .