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The Resource A + E 4ever : a graphic novel, drawn and written by I. Merey

A + E 4ever : a graphic novel, drawn and written by I. Merey

Label
A + E 4ever : a graphic novel
Title
A + E 4ever
Title remainder
a graphic novel
Statement of responsibility
drawn and written by I. Merey
Title variation
  • A and E 4ever
  • A + E forever
  • A plus E forever
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 lonely, 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 ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life, where affections aren't black and white"--Provided by publisher
Storyline
Character
Award
YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 10-12 Merey’s soulful story of high-school juniors Asher and Eulalie shows just how tenuous our understanding of identity, friendship, and romance can be. Neither Ash, a shy, bisexual pretty boy, nor Eu, a strident dyke with the appetite of a trucker, can be reduced to a single aspect of their identities. During the few months of their intense relationship, they share music, a passion for drawing, and a variety of attempts to socialize with their families and other teens. Merey introduces questions and complications that don’t get neatly resolved—why does Ash share a bedroom with what seems to be his nearly twin sister?—but instead make the characters and plot all the more realistic; we truly can’t know all of what makes somebody tick. The impressionistic and beautiful black-and-white images were created with traditional paper and ink, a salutary opposition to all the nontradition offered up by Ash and Eu. Although the work appears sketchy at first glance, every line is clear and every word is clarifying. Without the story becoming didactic, Ash and Eu become students of human nature as they teach each other about the possibilities and boundaries of their lives. These are authentic teens with attitudes, sound tracks, and sexual curiosity (the few scenes of female nudity are restricted to the upper body) that their peers will understand. -- Goldsmith, Francisca (Reviewed 10-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 4, p36)
  • Gr 10 Up — Asher, an androgynous teen wrestling with his bisexuality and the social implications at school, makes an ally in Eulalie, an angry, punk-inflected girl whose artistic bent and rebellious tendencies bring the two together. Eu starts as the outsider intruding upon Ash's narrative but becomes the primary identification character as she finds herself uncertain as to how to deal with her romantic feelings for him. The artwork has a sketchbook sensibility. Faces and soulful eyes are vastly important but details like toes and backgrounds are more hastily represented. The figure work is sensuous, with the bodies of the protagonists portrayed with a languor despite the use of jagged hash marks for the details. Visual and narrative structure are given lesser focus, with some pages crammed full of textual description with no corresponding visuals, just more emotive portraits. And while the depiction of harsh honesty of teenage life is frank and therefore will find a small appreciative audience, the raw sexuality, sexual violence, and vulgarity might alienate many others. The emotional arc of Eu's initially unrequited feelings for Ash is moving, and the complexity and danger of young sexuality has merit as a story. But that is a heart buried under a great deal of viscera and ephemera and beneath a scattershot approach to storytelling that will prevent the emotional content from reaching most readers.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH --Benjamin Russell (Reviewed January 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 13, p147)
Awards note
American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book, 2012.
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10079988
Cataloging source
NOG
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Merey, Ilike
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Homosexuality
  • Bisexuals
  • Bisexuals
  • Lesbians
  • Art students
  • Art students
  • Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Homosexuality
  • High school students
  • Lesbians
  • High school students
Target audience
adolescent
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a graphic novel
Label
A + E 4ever : a graphic novel, drawn and written by I. Merey
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000049551792
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781590213902
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
chiefly ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)761328597
Label
A + E 4ever : a graphic novel, drawn and written by I. Merey
Publication
Control code
000049551792
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781590213902
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
chiefly ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)761328597

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