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Go with Grace Paperback – August 1, 2006

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Grade 8 Up—Grace is a sickly, lonely girl long confined to her bed. Her only company is her dear half sister, who brings her food and journals to write in. Her abusively neglectful stepfather refuses to give her medical care beyond the very minimum required to keep her alive. Grace yearns for companionship and finds it in the unexpected appearance of a ghostly teenage boy. The lovely black-and-white drawings are simple in the manga style, yet capture the distinctive personalities of the characters. The time and place of the story are unclear, sometimes seeming to be in the past, and at other times the future, but generally irrelevant to the central love story. While this book will appeal to teens with a taste for melodramatic romances or manga, sophisticated readers will be left unsatisfied with an ending that, while romantic, is inconsistent with previously established plot points.—Dawn Rutherford, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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Product Details

  • Series: Go with Grace
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159816709X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598167092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,630,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
(SPOILERS!!)

Since George's art is one of my all-time favorite styles in Manga, I was surprised to discover his flair for writing. His characters are very interesting, and the fact that his answer to suicide is a paranormal romance is nothing less than fantastic.

But then it leaves me questioning his motives as well. Could a boy realistically be drawn into such depths because of one person?Is Grace all that redeemable? Is Ashley left behind for selfish reasons in the end? Did we get the happy ending after all?

It gives you a lot to think about, which - maybe unintentional - is good.
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By Krista on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Grace is ill with a mysterious disease that also claimed the life of her mother. As a result, she must stay in bed all day. Grace's father treats her badly, while Ashley, Grace's sister, tries to comfort her and buys her journals. Still, Ashley can not give Grace the desire to live. Then, one day, a strange boy shows up in her room. He wants Grace to let visit the outside world...

Go With Grace is not a manga title because it is not Japanese, and the illustrations do not have the typical manga style either (you know, big eyes). The author, George Alexopoulos resides in New Jersey. It was also read right-to-left which makes it a good start for beginners to manga or graphic novels. The illustrations are decent. They are not bad, but they don't really stand out either.

My favorite part of Go With Grace is the setting. The world it takes place in is not a modern world, but it is close. There are televisions, but there are no cars. Instead, the characters travel by carriage. It seems odd, but it works. I can't really imagine Grace living in the modern world, and this world was much more interesting than say the early 1900s. I would love to see more stories set in this world.
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I am a huge manga reader. I've read alot of manga books. For those of you who don't know what a manga is. It is a japanese comic book or graphic novel translated into English.

Go With Grace's artwork is excellent! The best I've seen in many mangas I've read. The artwork is crisp & realistic. Expressions of the people were well drawn. Easy on the eyes. I can't give it enough praise on the artwork.

The story itself is pretty good. I read it in one day. The ending is great. I wanted to read more after that!!

If he writes any more books, I'm buying it! Hard to believe the author is 20 years old! Excellent work! Keep it up George!
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By Koshka on June 29, 2015
Format: Paperback
I was surprised to hear the author is known for his art. The characters are so coarse and clumsy! At first the story seemed captivating, although the setting never made much sense. It seemed as if the main characters were from some constantly repeating and overlapping time cycle? Halfway through, the author apparently ran out of ideas and just closed up with the thought that suicide is a good way out. So glad I read this before buying it!
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By Rich on May 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
Great book. Read this in 2006 and it still holds up today after all these years.
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