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Potential: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag (High School Chronicles of Ariel Schrag) Paperback – May 6, 2008
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"A mesmerizing read...hilarious frankness and a wickedly addictive sense of storytelling." -- The Village Voice
"One of the best pure storytellers I have ever read, in any medium." -- The Comics Journal
"Schrag's autobiographical comics illustrate adolescent life with unwavering energy, unrelenting sarcasm, and unabashed detail." -- Bitch
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But there are other, more pressing issues that Ariel must deal with in her junior year of high school. For one thing, she had settled on the label of bisexual after her sophomore year experiences, but she's definitely feeling more and more drawn to the lesbian side. Now if only she could figure out how to navigate the tricky emotional waters of dating during the teenage years.
Ariel Schrag's true-life series of work--which began with freshman year in Awkward and continued in sophomore year's Definition--is as brave as it is funny. Schrag completed each work in the summer after each respective school year, not only putting her own life squarely under the microscope, but also telling the stories of her friends, family, and acquaintances. As her classmates at Berkeley High School in the mid- to late '90s learned, nothing was secret or sacred.
Schrag's abilities both as an artist and a storyteller have greatly improved by the time of Potential. Awkward was a potpourri of images, sometimes far too crowded for one page, but Definition showed real evolution in her work. With Potential, she allows herself plenty of room in which to pace her story, starting slowly with her puppy love relationship with a boy and moving on to the more complicated territory of her lesbian dating life and the emotional effects of her parents' divorce.
Potential, like the work that preceded it, succeeds on several levels, not least of which is that Schrag doesn't rehash coming-of-age tales we've read before.Read more ›
This second of three high school diaries, all in graphic-novel form, gives a realistically gritty idea of what teens go through when finding an identity, losing a virginity, and generally riding the emotional and hormonal roller coaster of mid-teen years. In Schrag's case, there was the additional pressure of being a girl who liked girls, mitigated by a relatively tolerant California environment in which to establish herself. (That just made it even more annoying to need a boy for that virginity thing. I found the 'SHOVE' moment wonderfully exressive.) Then there's the self-referential aspect of the writing of this comic appearing during the story that it tells.
The visual style comes across a bit raw and ragged, but that seems emotionally true to Schrag's raw and ragged experience of her world. A few dream sequences appear in an ironically realistic style - in fact, even her daydreams seem more realistic than her reality.
If you expect "a day in the life" to make sense, then you probably have slim experience of either teens or girls. But, if you're willing to hang on through the ups and downs, it's a worthwhile ride.
Ariel Schrag skillfully depicts the many challenges, joys, and experiences of young lesbians in high school (and beyond). She not only portrays her high school experience, first love and her first break up, she wittily comments on the complexities of the formation of her sexual identity, and exposes the real (and raw) anxiety and depression experienced by many students in high school. This book delves into the personal and social pressures of loosing ones virginity, trying to understand virginity as a young lesbian/queer youth, and makes several valiant attempts to identify the all but inscrutable definition of lesbiansex. All of this is done with a great deal vulnerability and humor. The honesty soaking these pages is refreshing. This is an extraordinary piece of art.
If young LGBTQ youth could find this book in their high school libraries, they might feel a little less alone and their lives might just feel just a little less complicated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the art is bad and i do not care about these characters one bit. sorry! i wish it was better! i spent money on it! i bought 2 of her books without knowing what i was getting into! Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by charles boyd
If you ruin a word in the English language for me, you are instantly my enemy, and Ariel Schrag has ruined the word 'potential'. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Jon Brandt
In my opinion, POTENTIAL is the best of all four books. Maybe I'm biased because I read it whilst coming out and it instilled a sense of confidence that really helped me get laid. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by Cyn E. Clarfield Esq
Anyone who's dealt with the joy and pain of a high school relationship will love this book (straight or gay.) The thoughts and actions ring so true. Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by Rebecca L
This title couldn't have portrayed my own life in a more realistic fashion. Ariel Schrag is an absolute genius!Published on February 23, 2006 by Susan
Having gone to high school with Ariel, and personally knowing a lot of people in her books, I feel that they really disrespect the privacy of the parties involved. Read morePublished on July 4, 2001