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Good as Lily
by Derek Kirk Kim, Jesse Hamm (Illustrator)
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I liked the idea of this book - the past and future selves of a young woman meeting all at once. It is an interesting idea for a memoir. However, the deeper parts of the book weren't developed too well. I hardly knew who Lily was, then suddenly she was very important. However, I gave it a three because of the cleverness of the story and the fact that I liked the characters. ( )
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It wasn't quite what I was expecting in a graphic novel about four versions of a person.
I am crazy for Derek Kirk Kim, and even though Good As Lily is not as well-written or drawn as Same Difference, it's better than any of the other Minx books and better than most comix this year.
I'm pretty pleased--even impressed--with the Minx line so far, despite its stupid name. Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm--what else do I need to say? I enjoyed this quite a bit. A little too generic to be 5-star, but kept me guessing enough for 4.
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Kim's writing really shines here. In a few deft and spare scenes, he takes Grace (and her other selves) on a journey through which she is forced to confront and overcome her fears and flaws -- and not always with happy outcomes.
Plotwise, the book is dense, with plenty happening. The reader is involved in events at just the right level — they’re not spelled out simply, but everything’s there if paying attention.
Following a strange mishap on her 18th birthday, Grace Kwon is confronted with herself at three different periods in her life. The timing couldn't be worse as Grace and her friends desperately try to save a crumbling school play. Will her other selves wreak havoc on her present life or illuminate her uncertain future?
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