Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

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Title: Summer Blonde

Author: Adrian Tomine

Pub Date: June 2003

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I am glad that I didn’t review this book immediately after finishing it, as I usually do. I had time to think and process this book and stories presented within its pages. Summer Blonde is a collection of four short stories presented as comics. The stories are very subtle and follow certain kind of people – people that are sad, depressed, people that struggle with finding sense in life. Reading the stories gives you a voyeuristic feel. You feel like the shadow on the cover that is following someone. You are looking at someone else’s life at their most vulnerable, and you either want to help them and find closure for them, or you want to turn your head. But you cannot do either. You get to see parts of their lives, and then the story is abruptly finished. You don’t know what happens next. At first, it was very frustrating for me, but later, thinking about the stories I get this, I am willing to forgive the author for not giving the stories an ending, because I see why he did that.

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