I. Merey ´ 1 SUMMARYT can t place whyEither way the art and storytelling style just weren t for me I didn t like the characters and even though I technically had to read this for my class I decided not to because this book wasn t worth the terrible migraine it was giving me Asher Machnik is a shy effeminate soul who just wants his junior year at his new high school to go by ickly painlessly Terrified of being physically touched with a real phobia that makes him break down and sweat Asher throws himself whole heartedly into his sketchbook escaping within his drawings Unfortunately for him Asher s soft features and androgynous look make him a target for the school s ignorant bullies But it s this same delicacy this fragility that draws Eulalie to Asher as well He s different from anyone she s ever met before in a good but nexplainable way Eulalie Eu for short is seriously mad at the world and she s not afraid to show it Labeled as a dyke and a freak by her fellow classmates Eu doesn t take crap from anyone But she also nderstands what it feels like to be alone When she defends Asher in the lunchroom the two strike p a fast forming fr I was given #a copy of this to review by Lethe Press I am not a graphic novel reader habitually so #copy of this to review by Lethe Press I am not a graphic novel reader habitually so wasn t sure what to expect I read it in one sitting and by the end of it two words came to me that described the experienceHeartbreaking BeautifulI found the art to have just the right level of impressionism to it emotions exaggerated almost crudely perhaps from a bit of manga influence Asher the boy is androgynous and beautiful Eulalie is tall tough with long hair shaved on the side They are complex characters which I was surprised to find in a graphic novel I stand corrected on my prejudices nowAsh is often mistaken for
a girl assumed to be gay often bulliedgirl assumed to be gay often bullied the other highschoolers Eu on the other hand is described as a lonely tough talking dyke The two are drawn together by the fact that they re both outcasts and their bond becomes very deep very ickly They are both artists they like similar music and in each other they find the support they need to help find themselvesMy favourite thing about. Onely tough talking dyke from school who befriends Ash The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner a fellow artist and a best friend she's starting to wonder if ash is ever going to see all of her a e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguo. .
Asher s family moves around a lot #Their Recent Move Has Brought Him To #recent move has brought him to another new town and another new high school and it s taking him while to find his feet It doesn t help that Asher is a really pretty boy whose effeminate looks garner him lots of the wrong kind of attention Eulalie Eu about the toughest skinniest TALLEST goth girl you can imagine steps in to save him befriends him and then falls hopelessly in love with him They re a bit of an odd couple when juxtaposed but they do everything together clubbing music making art hanging out at Asher s house Eu is open and honest with Asher about how she feels but he doesn t reciprocate in fact he can barely stand to be touched by her When he loses his virginity it s pretty much rape in a bathroom stall with strangers And after that he s with a number of guys Eu s hurt but figures Asher is into guys What really kills her is when he starts dating another girl at school Confused she pushes away from him and tries to find someone else whom she likes as much After some time apart Asher and Eu come together again and this time there s a new spark between them This story of first loves and first relationships is bittersweet but everyone who s ever fallen in love will recognize and of first loves and first relationships is bittersweet but everyone who s ever fallen in love will recognize and to what Eulalie is going through Rough bold black and white artwork illustrates this tale perfectly It s hard and edgy like Eu s protective exoskeleton I just realized that I never left a review as to why I DNF d this novel And I know that it s not necessary but I like to leave one when I actually have a solid reason as to why I DNF dI couldn t stand the art style It reminded me of when I was ten and trying out those really amateur anime styles that were all the craze in the 2008 2012 time period I really didn t like either character
and I just couldn t nderstand what was going on The way the story was tell turned my alarm bells onI just couldn t nderstand what was going on The way the story was tell turned my alarm bells on I just could not figure it out I never got to the point where the character s eer IDs came into play but I honestly didn t get it Also something has been bugging me about Ash being androgynous and being bullied about it because he s pretty I jus. Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face Guys punch him girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life Eulalie Mason is the .
This story is the fact that despite the initial labels given to the title characters they are not what you expect There comes a moment where Ash and Eu do talk to each other about their respective identities but rather than finding new labels for each other they shed the labels the world has given them and simply become who they are In doing so they take a step towards redefining the very words sed to identify them
I give this book five stars for characterisation realism and redefining stereotypes in a genre that seldom takes the risk Whengive this book five stars for characterisation realism and redefining stereotypes in a genre that seldom takes the risk When think about this book I don t particularly think about the plot Yes it s about two gender nonconforming teens who become friends and consider And yes I was completely enraptured reading it sucked into asher and eulalie s lives Pretty sure I read this in one sitting And the story is important and the story is heartbreaking and the story is adorable and the story makes my chest swell just thinking about itBut ltimately it s the aesthetic of this that I m really obsessed with The feel of this is very zine like very Homemade Very Collagey Very very collagey very of the box as one of the cover blurbs says It s fully 85x11 and the outside cover is soft almost like velvet any paper experts want to tell me the right terminology for it Inside it s a wide mix some actual panels and dialogue positioned sorta like speech bubbles would be but also pages of mostly text There s a hand drawn ality It feels like a sketchbook like merey just poured this story out onto the page fully formed though I imagine that effortlessness is art than truth interlude while Raina searches the internets for information about the author and whether she can buy the #book directly from the author then finds author s blogIf I was on Pinterest I would pin everything i #directly from the author then finds author s blogIf I was on Pinterest I would pin everything i s doneReading through merey s blog leaves me dreamy and low on oxygenI have thoughts of desires of getting tattoos of merey s illustrationsswoonThere s tonnes of fairly explicit sexual content here which is probably why it s shelved in the adult comics in our library but I hope the right teens find this bookAs for me I m pretty sure I m a lifelong fan no. Us crossroads where love and friendship boy and girl straight and gay meet It goes where few books have ventured into genderueer life where affections aren't black and white A Stonewall Youth Book Award Honoree for its frank portrayal of eer contemporary yout. ,