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"Merey's soulful story shows just how tenuous our understanding of identity, friendship, and romance can be. Although the work appears sketchy at first glance, every line is clear and every word is clarifying. These are authentic teens with attitudes, sound tracks, and sexual curiosity."  --Booklist (Starred Review)

''Merey's soulful story shows just how tenuous our understanding of identity, friendship, and romance can be. Although the work appears sketchy at first glance, every line is clear and every word is clarifying. These are authentic teens with attitudes, sound tracks, and sexual curiosity.'' --Booklist (Starred Review)

''And so this is a story powered by yearning. Though the book describes itself as a genderqueer tale, it shares with yaoi (boy love manga) a searing energy of unrequited love, a passion that unfulfilled is more gripping to readers than the actual coupling of characters could ever be. Besides the story, readers should note the creative way this book employs both its art and typography to help tell the tale. The style of the art fluctuates, from abrasive hen scratches to smooth washes of black ink, from manga-esque vignettes to art tableau frames.'' --Lambda Literary Foundation

''This Stonewall Honor Book, drawn with deceptively sketchy art, tells the soulful story of the intense relationship between a shy, bisexual pretty boy and a lesbian with the appetite of a trucker.'' --Ian Chipman, for Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2012
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (September 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590213904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590213902
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffery A. Boyd on November 4, 2011
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This book is a fantastic perspective on a very curious relationship, the book is illustrated wonderfully in a very unique style.
- Found myself not wanting to put the book away and go straight through
- You get into the story very much, pulls you closer and makes you right in the moment
-- Highly suggested for those who loved "Blankets"
-- Highly suggested to those who have a more alternative point of view
-- special note the cover picture is slightly deceiving, the book is set in a high school period.
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Merey's book is a visual and emotional wonder, and enormously powerful. The tiny text and detailed artwork delivers a huge punch to the heart. The characters are so human and raw you can taste and smell and feel them. The artwork is impressive and passionate and painful.
Asher and Eulalie are people you can feel. You both hate and love the things they do and say, but are rooting for them all the while. The book is impressive in its scope and depth; blending issues of gender, age, sexuality, passion, and most of all the various ways we love, and challenges definitions and descriptions of all. One of the most appealing aspects of the book is it's refusal to adhere to labels and conventions of queer identity. It is so satisfying to watch characters be painfully human. I loved this book.
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Okay, I'll be honest with you. I don't normally feel like I have the time or the brain capacity for graphic novels. Normally, I just don't care. But someone sent me a copy of this one, and I tossed it in my bag at the last minute before I went on book tour. I am so grateful I did. It became like a security blanket to me on my trip. I loved the way it felt in my hands, and once I opened the cover, I couldn't put it down. There is so much going on. It's one of those books you want to read again when you're finished, because you get scared you might have missed something. It is rich, beautifully illustrated, and the story is captivating. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but I would highly HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who has lived even just a day in the life of the pride world. Or to anyone who is curious. It's almost like an instruction manual. Well done. Very well done.
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Asher Machnik is a shy, effeminate soul who just wants his junior year at his new high school to go by quickly, painlessly. Terrified of 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 outsiders, they're both artists, they're both Jewish, they're both music fans, but most of all, they're both in desperate need of a best friend. They need each other.

As the two get to know each other better, Eu develops a crush on Asher, while he, meanwhile, explores his sexuality and tries to overcome his fear of 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 about.
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If you were not in the popular crowd in High School, if you were goth, non-binary, if people called you a freak just for your nonconformity then this graphic novel could have been about you. The art work is sketchy and unapologetic, the writing raw and so realistic it stings a little. If your childhood wasn't perfect, if you made mistakes and remember that time when it was hard to tell where friendship and intimacy over lapped then this book is for you. Its the book I wish I could have read in High school. And it's definitely one I would be sure to have in a resource library for teens, LGBTQ or otherwise.
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