The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag
Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9781416552352, 224pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
Ariel Schrag continues her tumultuous passage through high school in the second book of her acclaimed series of frank, insightful, and painfully honest autobiographical graphic novels. Written during the summer following her junior year at Berkeley High School in California, Potential recounts Ariel's first real relationship and first-time love with a girl, her quest to lose her virginity to a boy, and her parents' divorce -- as well as the personal and social complications of writing about her life as she lives it. Along the way she hangs out with her favorite teacher, obsesses over clothes, gets drunk, smokes pot, and tries to connect the biology she reads about in textbooks with the biology she's living.
"A smart, sweet graphic memoir. Schrag's work should resonate with anyone -- female or male, gay or straight -- who has survived high school." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"A mesmerizing read...hilarious frankness and a wickedly addictive sense of storytelling." -- The Village Voice
"One of the best pure storytellers I have ever read, in any medium." -- The Comics Journal
"Schrag's autobiographical comics illustrate adolescent life with unwavering energy, unrelenting sarcasm, and unabashed detail." -- Bitch