Published by Three Rivers Press on August 31st 2010
Genre: Graphic Novels
Challenge Theme: A graphic novel
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In her first full-length graphic memoir, Julia Wertz (creator of the cult-hit comic The Fart Party) documents the year she left San Francisco for the unfamiliar streets of New York. Don’t worry—this isn’t the typical redemptive coming-of-age tale of a young woman and her glorious triumph over tragedy or any such nonsense. It’s simply a hilarious—occasionally poignant—book filled with interesting art, absurd humor and plenty of amusing self-deprecation. Box by box, Wertz chronicles four sketchy apartments, seven terrible jobs, family drama, traveling fiascos, and too many whiskey bottles to count.
This was my first time reading a graphic novel and I have to say I really enjoyed it! I have loved comics like Archie and the comic strips in newspapers (am I showing my age?) ever since I was young so it makes sense that a graphic novel would appeal to me. I remember every time I went to Publix with my mom I would always ask to buy a new Archie comic. I really wish I had kept them all! I even have a comic daily calendar at work, “Pearls Before Swine.” I think this was a good first graphic novel to read. The graphics were cute, the story appealed to me (my dream is to move to NYC), and I laughed quite a bit throughout. There were times where I found Julia to be a bit annoying but other times I found her to be endearing. I am definitely going to check out some other popular graphic novels.