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a + e 4ever Paperback – September 25, 2011
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- 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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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.Read more ›
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This is an amazing story of a boy and a girl trying to have a great friendship while they are almost outcasts at their school. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Justin H
Recommended by a friend, though I'd never heard of it before and had no idea what to expect. Instantly fell in love from the first page. Couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Asher and Eulalie are cast out by their peers because they look different. Asher is a bit androgynous and Eulalie is tall and looks a bit like a dyke. Luckily they meet each other. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Brittany Moore