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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: 0.5 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,278,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little background: Tokyopop used to have a manga contest called the Rising Stars of Manga, and George Alexopoulous was one of the winners in the 5th volume- his winning entry was called “Can I Sit Here?” So that’s how he got published with Tokyopop.

So anyways, the story is pretty dark from the beginning. The first page is pure black. You turn the page and it only has 2 words: No more. Then you see some panels showing the interior of a room- (by the way, this is called the aspect to aspect panel transition according to Scott McCloud), and a girl sitting in her bed bleeding from her wrists. Uh-oh. She’s holding a knife in one hand, and in the other, a note that says , “I’m sorry Ashley”. Then it cuts to the Table of contents.
Okay, so at first glance, it seems like some kind of horror manga, doesn’t it? But as you read on, you realize it’s more of a drama. The main character, Grace, is a teenage girl who is sick and depressed and is stuck in her room, with only her younger sister Ashley, to cheer her up by buying her journals since Grace wants to be a writer. But one day when Grace is crying, feeling sorry for herself, she looks up to see a boy in her room! She realizes that the boy, Andy, is a ghost and only she can see him. So it’s a bit of a mystery too.

So here are my thoughts on “Go with Grace”- it’s interesting, and the artworks is very consistent and detailed- George Alexopoulos was only 20 years old when he was working on this book. The facial expressions are realistic, like when Grace is about to cry, or when she squints because of a bright light, etc. But the problem I have with this book is with the story. While I was reading this comic, I kept thinking, where is the author going with this?
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(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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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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