Drawn & Quarterly. Sept. 2023. 444p. ISBN 9781770464339. pap. $34.95. F
Award-winning creators (and cousins) Jillian Tamaki (Boundless) and Mariko Tamaki (Batman: Detective Comics) reunite for their first collaboration since 2014’s Eisner, Ignatz, and Caldecott prizewinner This One Summer. The story is set in 2009 and concerns three young women from Canada visiting NYC over spring break. Zoe and Dani are childhood friends who fear they’re drifting apart since attending different colleges. They hope that exploring New York together will reestablish their bond; a reasonable expectation, but complicated by the presence of Dani’s new friend Fiona, a stylish force of nature with whom Zoe quickly becomes romantically entangled. A tender examination ensues of young adults unsure whether to forget the past in order to navigate an uncertain future. Rather than being bogged down in pensive navel-gazing or melodrama, the novel emphasizes the exhilaration of youth; how exhilarating it is to be young, to be in love, to explore new places and aspects of yourself, and to experience each emotion, good or bad, so very intensely.
VERDICT An elegantly illustrated, immersive tale that isn’t so much about discovering yourself as it is about embracing who you have been and may one day be.
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