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The Summer of Love by Debbie Drechsler

The Summer of Love

by Debbie Drechsler

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    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (DesEsseintes)
    DesEsseintes: Découverte de la sexualité et sortie de l'enfance me semblent être au coeur de ces deux belles oeuvres, aussi intéressantes l'une que l'autre.

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The Summer of Love by Debbie Drechsler is a roman à clef about the summer a pair of sisters with their parents moved to a new suburb. There's all the eye rolling drama of being a teenager in a new neighborhood.

There's Lili and Pearl. Pearl seems to adapt to the new situation but Lili just doesn't fit in. She has a crush on a boy but he's not interested. She misses her friends. She doesn't like the new house. She's bored. Her sister has a, GASP, girlfriend.

Boohoo. It's so hard being a white upper middle class Baby Boomer. Cry me a river. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 11, 2015 |
I read "The Summer of Love" straight after the disturbing autobiographical "Daddy's Girl" by the same author, which features the same characters when they were younger. Whereas "Daddy's Girl" depicts the tragic abuse Lily had to suffer on the hands of her father, none of it is present in "The Summer of Love", which concentrates on the more classic foes of coming of age in suburban America. Sadly, it is also a road much traveled in contemporary graphic fiction, and Debbie Drechsler's slightly caricatural style does not match the finesse of other authors such as Craig Thomson or Alison Bechdel. What's more, the brownish-greenish color scheme used here is reminiscent of those blue-red 3D images when read without the appropriate colored glasses and are tiresome in the long run. ( )
1 vote timtom | Jan 27, 2013 |
Kind of like Lynda Barry's work, but not as good.
  Scratch | Sep 4, 2007 |
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