Losing the Girl

Losing the Girl

Paperback - 2018
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Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst . . . or at least the weirdest. It couldn't be an alien abduction, right?

None of Claudia's classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished--and they're dealing with their own issues. Emily's trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula's hoping to step out of Emily's shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

In Losing the Girl, the first book in the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes of four suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious--maybe otherworldly--disappearance. Different chapters focus on different characters, each with a unique visual approach.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Graphic Universe, [2018]
ISBN: 9781512449105
1512449105
9781541510449
1541510445
Branch Call Number: Graphic Y Fic
Characteristics: 273 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm.

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Archeteuthys
Mar 24, 2019

Thing about this story was how it covered COMPLETELY typical and often-portrayed teen-novel issues (which, to be fair, are big deals to those involved) - but the style of artwork somehow, refreshingly, made it all feel original. Doesn't mean I like the drama that goes down though - I want to see it resolved. Well, mainly I want Paula to find someone to have a crush on her instead of always on freakin' Emily (ugh, I have so been there) and I want Nigel to come to his senses and go for Paula. Not sure that will happen, but at least there will be weird swirls and flares and patterns in these depictions as we go, and I'm HERE for it.!

And, oh yeah, we'll figure out what happened to Claudia - whatever that's about. I know that this seems like a thing that will be developed in the future, but right now, I'm more concerned with the social dynamics at play than with these kids' flippant speculation on Claudia's obscure whereabouts. It seems that perhaps, depending on the length of this series, this may become a gratifying (and central) plot point later on, but for now, eh.

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