by Nabiel Kanan
Publisher : Nbm Pub Co (March 1, 1999)
Softcover, 96 pages
While on vacation with her parents in the British countryside, an inexperienced teenager, Beth, becomes fascinated with an older girl who lives on the edges of society. Her new, nameless pal sleeps with strangers, steals cars, breaks in and loots the tourist’s summer cottages. But is she real, or some sort of Tyler Durden hallucination?
This stranger ignites an adolescent rebelliousness within Beth, but no sooner does she smoke her first joint and ride bareback on a horse, than the vacation comes to an end. The real world is beckoning her back to duties and responsibilities; homework and chores. The friend disappears, leaving one to wonder if this spirit of restlessness has taken residence within Beth. The ending seems to suggest so.
A lot of people seem to dislike this book, but I say it is a competent work, if deliberately understated. It feels real, even with the possibly supernatural elements, and not overly dramatic, angsty nonsense one often sees on these entering puberty stories. The art is both sparse, yet deep, perfectly blending with the material. I felt this was a fine execution of the material, despite what other reviewers have said.
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