- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; 2nd ed. edition (May 4, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971359768
- ISBN-13: 978-0971359765
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've currently got Brown's follow-up, "Unlikely," which details the loss of his virginity, and his limited edition latest "AEIOU: Any Easy Intimacy..." (declared "the last of the girlfriend books") on order. I'll review them soon.
Most love stories focus on big dramatic developements--but that's not the way most of us actually experience love. Clumsy shows the whole arc of a relationship without resorting to a conventional dramatic structure. Clumsy is also one of the few artistic accounts I've ever seen of the quiet joys of intimacy, of just being with someone you love, sharing their time.
For the unassuming way the story's told, it makes remarkably compelling reading. I've given this book to many friends. Most tell me that they couldn't put it down. And every one of them has favorite moments, vignettes that remind them of their own experiences.
The drawing style is simple but by no means simplistic, as one reviewer suggests. Brown's style strikes me as a refreshing antidote to the overdrawn post-R. Crumb groutesqueries of too many other independent comics.
Oh, and buyer beware, the reader from Collingswood NJ who hated this book, saves his 5-star reviews for comics like THE HULK and THE PUNISHER.
This is a good 'graphic' novel because you really get to know Jeffrey and Theresa as they struggle through their relationship. Brown doesn't try to make sense of their struggles or their fun times, but rather he lets the images and conversations spill out into the pages and lets the reader's imagination decide. I could begin to see the points where Jeffrey and Theresa's relationship was beginning to come apart even when Jeffrey and Theresa didn't know it themselves. One can begin to sense the pressure of time and the unraveling of their relationship which Brown shows us for all to see. When Chris Ware talks about Brown's "insatiable need to put it all down on paper," I can hardly think of a better word to describe the heart and fury with which Brown strokes the page with unpretentiousness and innocence. Jeffrey Brown draws with such rage that we can see how much Theresa meant to him from the energy of his not-so-clumsy lines.
Funny, bittersweet, clever, naughty, perfect.
Anyone who has ever been in a relationship, especially a long-distance one, should read this book.
I picked up the other books in the "Girlfriend Trilogy". This I blamed on my wife, as I was happy she was so involved in this and termed it as "cute".
Things have changed however and now I accept my tastes for Jeff Brown. He has something to offer. The stories are cute, sure, but more to it than that. Jeffery has tapped on something core here with the realistic dialogue (which I am convinced he must have recorded). He has tapped on real shame and embarassment. He has also revealed that sure, these things are humanizing but to the indiviudal they are also very damaging.
More so, for his place in graphic lit, Jeffery is the real deal. He doens't distract by forcing some kind of false front in art, nor in script. The themes as well are very real and I think depending on your experiences with love you will find a different way to enjoy this. Give it a chance (or two). If you want cute though go buy a gretting card, if you want a person pick up this trilogy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gift for my granddaughter. She had it on her Christmas list and loved it!Published 4 months ago by Linda Hendy
Clumsy is a glimpsed window to Brown's personal love life and his long-distance relationship with his girlfriend Theresa. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ama Su Nilia
Fast read! Very entertaining and heartfelt. I loved it! Read it 2 hours!Published 23 months ago by dont.panic42
I loved reading this book. It really resonated with me, and I couldn't stop thinking about it for the 48 hours after I'd finished it. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by yazminmerc
a bunch of little stories anyone can relate to being in a relationship
the good with the bad
it'll make your liittle heart feel warm
Well, as this is Jeffrey Brown first book, it doesn't have the same drawing style from others, but the story and the way it goes by, that's trully something. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Peter
Good story telling is about telling the story without the story teller getting in the way. Jeffrey Brown pulled it off even though he was the story.Published on January 22, 2013 by Alfred R. Marzian
There's a lot of sex and sometimes the main character is a bit of a wimp. However, having been through a lot of these situations myself, it was very real and endearing. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Eric A