Thursday, May 21, 2009

Category 6, Book 5: Graphic Novels - Good as Lily

Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim
999 Challenge Category: Graphic Novels

On Grace's eighteenth birthday, she is suddenly visited by...herself. At the ages of six, twenty-nine, and seventy-something, to be precise. These doppelgangers may just change her life, if she can keep them out of trouble in the meantime.

This is a story all about character, as we learn about Grace and exactly what she could teach herself at each of these ages, from love to friendship to sibling rivalry. There's humor (Grace has to keep her 29-year-old self from hitting on the hot young English teacher) and more serious elements. Directly after finishing it, I would have given it 3 stars - a quick, light story that I didn't love, didn't dislike. But the next day, I was still thinking about some of the connections between the title and the construction of the story and upon further reflection I give it 4 stars.

Cross-posted at the 999 Challenge.


Cindy B said...

I find that right after I read a book is not always the best time to rate them too. Sometimes I'll think "Wow, what a great book!" And then remember what bugged me about it. Or the other way around.

Mary said...

Though I usually rate a book immediately and move on, on occasion I find that I have to revise my original rating after some time goes by. This was one that didn't impress me much initially, but the next day I found myself still thinking about it and seeing how well-constructed it was.