The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag
By Ariel Schrag
(Touchstone, Paperback, 9781416552376, 400pp.)
Publication Date: April 7, 2009
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Ariel Schrag concludes her turbulent ride through high school in the long-awaited final volume of her acclaimed series of compelling and strikingly honest autobiographical graphic novels.
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.
Ariel Schrag is also the author of the autobiographical comic books Potential, which was nominated for an Eisner Award, and Likewise. She divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.
"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