A graphic novel jam-packed with the joys and humiliations of being a teenage girl.
Girl Stories began as a series of comics drawn for the teen girls' Web site gurl.com, where they generated thousands of e-mails from teenage girls (and some boys too).
Expanded into a full-length graphic novel, these tales of one girl's adolescence are hilarious, heartbreaking, and honest. Lauren R. Weinstein tells the horrible truth about growing up, surviving embarrassing parents, bullies from hell, best friends, boyfriends, breakups, and trying too hard to be cool--and it has never been funnier.
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"The author recounts her adolescence as an artsy outsider in this collection of short comics. Often simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, the stories are packed with the positive lessons usually only learned in adult hindsight. Weinstein is never condescending, however, coming off as a hip older sister rather than a pedantic adult. In one comic she weathers her first breakup with a surprising lack of trauma; in another she comforts herself with the knowledge that, even though she is not popular, she has her music and art. Bonus comics critique the body-image standards and vapid relationship advice imposed on female teens by the media. Bright colors and scrawled lettering make for a cheerfully untidy style that reflects Weinstein's uplifting message to readers to love themselves, imagined warts and all." -- School Library Journal