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An Elegy for Amelia Johnson Hardcover – March 15, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932386831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932386837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Sorel VINE VOICE on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is no surprise to anyone here that I love graphic novels. Whenever a new one comes out, I can't wait to devour it. Of course I try to be discerning about what I read, but when it comes to graphic novels...I gobble them all up! I picked up An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, basically, because it was on the shelf. I typically don't like road trip stories but I thought I would take a chance on it because the illustrations looked interesting and it looked like it covered a lot of ground in under 125 pages. This novel met my expectations but, sadly, did not succeed them.

Amelia Johnson is ding of cancer when she contacts her two best friends, Henry and Jillian. Henry and Jillian have never met before but they're about to get to know each other really well as Amelia sends them on a cross-country journey together. Henry has known Amelia almost all of his life but fell out of touch with her when she moved to New York City to go to college. This is when she befriended Jillian who was her roommate at Columbia University. The two women forged a bond that took them through some tumultuous times. However, they both emerged relatively unscathed. It is Amelia's deathbed request that these two friends travel together across the country delivering DVDs on which Amelia has recorded her last words. Once on the road, Henry and Jillian realize that Amelia may have had ulterior motives when she chose them both to do this task. They also start to question if either of them ever knew Amelia.

This graphic novel has lofty goals. Any plot that involves deathbed requests AND a cross-country journey is striving a bit too hard to be sentimental and philosophical. I felt that the storyline was highly unrealistic and all of the characters were unlikeable.
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Amelia Johnson is dying of cancer. But before she dies she asks her two best friends, Henry and Jillian, to undertake a journey together to deliver messages to six friends and family members spread out across the country. Henry is a filmmaker. Jillian is a writer. Both are opposites and have never met each other till now. Can they complete this one last wish for their best friend? Or will the journey fail?

The story at first really reminds me of the last episode of the TV show "Dawson's Creek" just in how it opens and the type of vibe that you get from the characters. And even though they use some trite ideas--a dying friend, two opposites put together on a journey alone--its told in a unique enough way to create an entirely different story. The writing does struggle at bit at times where it jumps from scene to scene without much of a transition, so that you don't really know how much time has passed or where the heck they are at the moment. It doesn't happen often, but it is a bit disconcerting when it does. Although the two main characters and most of the supporting characters are developed enough, I do wish they had left off the two guys that accompany Henry around. Because it really felt like overkill and we never really got to know them like some of the other characters, which is a shame because they seemed like they would have a good story to tell. It's a mostly well told story that keeps the reader going and the reader will weep at the end, even though they know whats coming. The story, even though a bit trite, is still something that anyone can relate to.

I really like the simplicity of the artwork in this book. It reminds me a lot of the classic Archie comic strip style...and no it isn't an insult.
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This is a superbly written and illustrated graphic novel that really touched my heart.
The author, in the afterword, writes that he wanted to write a novel that captures the ever escaping themes of love and time. Against a gloomy backdrop of death, the author manages to bring to live those two themes in a powerful way. As a reader, you are encouraged to look into your own life. That is how you know you have read a great story: when you are done, you are forced to draw parallels to your own life, and realize that you have a lot to learn, to forgive, and to love.
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