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Reading Roundups: the YA edition

I just posted a new entry over at my adult romance book-blog ("Reading Roundup: Smart, Non-Beautiful Women for the Win!"), reviewing the two romances I enjoyed most this week, and I wanted to post here about the YA novel that really blew me away: Laura Lee Gulledge's graphic novel Page by Paige.

Paige Turner (named by two writers, and very embarrassed about it) is a teenager who's just been transplanted to New York City by her parents. It's time to reinvent herself - and part of that is finally letting herself becoming confident in herself as an artist. Her journey - as an artist and as a teen making new friends, even a boyfriend, and negotiating a new relationship with her parents - is chronicled in her sketchbook - making this a genuinely beautiful graphic novel.

I loved this book so, so much. I've never been much of a graphic novel reader, and I had honestly thought I was just too non-visual a person to really get into them - but it turned out that I LOVED the way Gulledge used pictures to express emotional and psychological truths so beautifully. I felt such empathic recognition as I read several of the panels - and I really loved the way that other perspectives are hinted at through the drawings, even when Paige doesn't see them herself. For instance, as someone who used to be a teenager, I empathized with her feelings of frustration with her parents - but as an adult and a parent, I could see their point of view awfully well now, too, because they are shown as three-dimensional characters even when Paige herself can't see it.

Now, though, I'm a bit stuck. I REALLY loved this book. I want to try another graphic novel! But I'm overwhelmed by the vastness of choice ahead! What would you guys recommend? I'm looking for good characters and emotional truth more than action (although I never mind good action as long as the other two elements are there).

Help! What should I read next?


Sep. 25th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
SKIM is by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

I love Gene Yang, too -- I'm so excited he's writing the next Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels!!!
Sep. 25th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And yes! And we know that Gene Yang will get race stuff right :)

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