Awkward and Definition

Awkward and Definition

The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag

Book - 2008
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Ariel Schrag captures the American high school experience in all its awkward, questioning glory in Awkward and Definition, the first of three amazingly honest autobiographical graphic novels about her teenage years.

During the summer following each year at Berkeley High School in California, Ariel wrote a comic book about her experiences, which she would then photocopy and sell around school. Some friends thrilled to see themselves in the comic, others not so much, but everyone was interested.

Awkward chronicles Ariel's freshman year, and Definition, her sophomore year. With anxiety in excess and frustration to the fullest, Ariel dives in -- meeting new people, going to concerts, crushing out, loving chemistry, drawing comics, and obsessing over everything from glitter-laden girls to ionic charges and the constant pursuit of the number-one score.

Totally true and achingly honest, with every cringe-inducing encounter and exhilarating first moment documented -- Awkward and Definition is an unflinching look at what it's like being a teenage girl in America.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2008
Edition: 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781416552314
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Schra 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 49, 84 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Schrag, Ariel
Alternative Title: Definition


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Jul 29, 2013

While I quite enjoyed this book, at times I felt like the art style and panel layout distracted me from the plot. Similarly, in Awkward, I often confused the main character for one of her friends. But otherwise, it was a gripping and personal tale!

Sep 29, 2009

Awkward and Definition are the first two books in Schrag's series. Schrag chronicles her high school experiences in this graphic novel. She wrote the comic and illustrated it during highschool and it is now being published. She is quite honest and open about her sexuality and her experiences with both male and female partners. This book will take you back to the late 90's when No Doubt was all the rage and baggy pants was where it was at.

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