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on 5 October 2013
It is one of those prejudices that the graphic format is somehow less than writing. Time after time this has been shown to be wrong, pictures can often communicate more than words and here is another example to add to the cannon of graphic novels that deal with serious issues. The content may be personal, but the themes and issues are pertinent to many, how we struggle with growing up, how we deal with our friends and families when we feel 'outside', how some people are willing to take advantage when we are at our most vulnerable, and how we can learn to live with ourselves and others. The book flows like a novel, but the understanding that this is a true account of Ms. Green's personal experiences is never far from the surface. A flaw in some graphic novels is that they both tell and show, a trap that has been skilfully avoided here. Katie has truly embraced the medium limiting the text and choosing to show us her inner state through the use of a simple palette with occasional points of emotional colour. This book is truly an extraordinary experience, and what is hard to believe is that this is her first graphic novel. I for one am looking forward to the other stories Katie might tell us through her art.
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