After reading Chester Brown's Louis Riel, I decided to give another of his graphic novels a try. I Never Liked You has a completely different tone as it's an autobiography of Brown's teen years in Quebec.
In the book, Chester deals with bullying from kids because he doesn't swear (though Chester the author has no problem writing swears about a million times), girls and his mother's mental illness. Chester has a number of female friends but only a couple he'd like to see naked. Still, he's awkward and even after he blurts out "I love you" to one of them, he can't get it together to form a kind of relationship with the girl. Then there's the wide eyed girl next door, oh dear lord, I think that was my doppelganger. Sad, sad girl.
If you've ever been a teenager I Never Liked You will make you squirm in sympathy. It's all angsty and awkward. No wonder I never understood boys in high school, they didn't even understand themselves.
Even though it's not an uplifting story, the upside is Brown survived it, like we all did.
Thank you local library.