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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ONI PRESS INC. (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193496459X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping, richly realized "coming of age" story that should strike a chord with anyone that was fortunate enough to survive high school. While I can't say I can relate to some of the darker situations the main character finds herself in I can certainly relate to the roller coaster of emotions that come with being a teenager (and how said emotions can render one extremely vulnerable to being lead down the wrong path given the right circumstances). It's a comic that can be enjoyed on multiple levels, both on the surface as an involving dramatic narrative and in the smaller details which hint at a much deeper character study. I particularly enjoyed how Sarah manages to mirror the emotional states of her character through the rendering of a telephone cord and her clever use of shadows during a pivotal scene.

Overall a very impressive debut that deserves more attention.
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Sarah Oleksyk's Ivy first appeared as a series of mini-comics that, according to critic Douglas Wolk, who wrote the introduction to this volume, raised "an excited murmur from people who follow rising stars of art comics" every time a new issue was released.

Now the people of Oleksyk's native Portland aren't the only ones to "ooh" and "ahh" at Ivy. Oni Press has brought together the five mini-comic issues into one hardcover book that finally presents this wonderful graphic novel to a larger audience.

Ivy is a coming-of-age story, following a small-town teenager living in Maine as she tries to escape and earn her freedom, even if she's not quite sure yet what that means. It's a genre that's been tapped many times before, but Oleksyk's work stands on its own. Ivy herself is, of course, angry, and you might even call her a bit of a bully. She's tough on her mom, her friends, and the people who want to be her friends, as well as on herself. A fight with her teacher results in her suspension. A fight with her mother comes to blows. She's on the verge of ruining her life before she really discovers what life is all about.

But even with her explosive anger, which often gets her into trouble, Ivy has some quiet, meditative moments (told wordlessly) that show us the spirit and soul of the artist.

Ivy's journey as she tries to figure herself and her life out is often funny, often devastating. There's pain, awkwardness, mistakes, regrets, joy--in other words, it's about being a teenager.

(By the way, the book may be about teenagers, but it may not be for them. There's some casual drug use, as well as some nudity and sex. In other words: teenagers.
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"Ivy" by Sarah Oleksyk tells the story of a headstrong teen, in a graphic novel format. Ivy, a smart, slightly crazy, talented kid feels she is pitted against ruthless enemies out to ruin her life -- her mother, her teachers, and her high school friends too. You will hope she survives, but she is not disposed to give anyone much of a break. The artwork is brilliant and the dialog authentic. Highly recommended!
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Buy this book for any teenager you care about. It will also be enjoyed by many adults. Superbly drawn to communicate emotion and inner turmoil. This book is a beautiful art object to own and a pleasure to read.
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