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I Never Liked You Paperback – February 1, 2002
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"an engrossing memoir by one of the most talented artists working in alternative comics today". -- Publishers Weekly
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It might be because many of the things that occur in the story I can relate to, or they resemble what I was like in high school. Though, as most cartoonists are outcasts and that is often shown in their work, this doesn't make a graphic novel that special. Other aspects of the book...his mother, how he dealt with other people, etc....were what really struck me as sad. Yes I've read lots of sad stories in comics, but this one just seem to ring a little truer or deeper. It may be his minimalist approach; this lets you interpret many actions for yourself in that there is not often any definite reason or meaning behind the things that happen. Nor do you really know what's always going on in the speaker's head. These things, for me, made the book much more personal, because I was interpreting the events from my point of view, not necessarily seeing exactly how the speaker was interpreting them.
THe Chester Brown of the book is caught between two female friends - Carrie and Sky - with Connie providing a conscience that isn't really adhered to. Carrie loves him and she's depicted as a beautiful romantic creature whose only fault is bad taste. Sky is the friend that he eats with and its obvious early on that his interest in her is her breasts. He says he loves her but it comes so fast that you know that he's simply abusing the word. As an undercurrent, his mother is slowly losing her mind and as she deteriorates, the narrative keeps her off camera as she becomes less prominent in Chester's life.
The fact of the matter is that this is a fine book about depicting a teenager who keeps his messed up emotions in check. However, it's not easy to stay so close to a repressed individual who doesn't allow himself to feel anything but the most superficial emotions.
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Great stuff and this made me a fan! Very poignant, honest, and sometimes heart-breaking.Published 23 months ago by Chris Francz
As stated by several previous reviewers, there are many graphic novels about teenagers coming of age, but none do it as well as Brown in this book and it's companion The Playboy . Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Diamonddulius
It's always nice when a writer can depict an unflinching look at all of the most profound moments of their lives, or at least the ones that are good examples of what shapes us. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by G. Klingman
I love self autobio's done in comic book fashion.....But, this one tends to go nowhere from the beganing to the end. Read morePublished on March 16, 2005 by N. W. Hartung