The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag
By Ariel Schrag
Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9781416552376, 400pp.
Publication Date: April 7, 2009
Set in Berkeley, California, Likewise takes us into the holy grail of teenagers, every bit as terrifying as it is liberating: senior year. Struggling with a major longing for her ex-girlfriend who has gone away to college, her parents' post-divorce relationship, anxiety over the future, and all the graphic details of her complicated life, Ariel sets out to document everything and everyone. And when she discovers James Joyce, a whole new world of creativity opens up to her.
Written with unabashed honesty, insight, and humor, Likewise is a brave account of one teenage girl's search for truth.
"A scathing and meticulously documented autobiographical triumph." -- Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
"A big leap of artistic ambition and self-discovery; Schrag saved the best for last." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"One of the great achievements of contemporary comics." -- The Comics Journal
"By turns funny, raw, and self-indulgent, Schrag perfectly captures the growing pains of a precocious high school senior." -- Publishers Weekly
"Beautifully illustrated...A fine denouement for Schrag's magnum opus, worthy of the attention of both Alison Bechdel and Michel Foucault fanciers." -- Booklist
"Schrag is a fluid storyteller with a fine ear for dialogue. Her tales are thick with humor, wit, and optimism." -- San Diego Union Tribune