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FREE Ï I Never Liked You » In one of the best graphic novels published in recent years, Chester Brown tells the story of his alienated youth in an almost detached, understated manner, giving the book an eerie, dream like quality For the newdefinitive softcover edition Brown has designed new layouts for the entire book, using white panel backgrounds instead of the black pages of the first ed very conflicted I did really enjoy this breezy lil graphic novel memoir but it made me SO frustrated because teenage Chester Brown is the worst All the conflicts he faces in the book are 100% his fault because he is wildly emotionally unavailable Was also a little miffed that there s not a tight conclusion and it sort of just ends abruptly All that said I liked it and was very invested in it and all the different disastrous romantic entanglements Chester was involved in, which the b very conflicted I did really enjoy this breezy lil graphic novel memoir but it made me SO frustrated because teenage Chester Brown is the worst All the conflicts he faces in the book are 100% his fault because he is wildly emotionally unavailable Was also a little miffed that there s not a tight conclusion and it sort of just ends abruptly All that said I liked it and was very invested in it and all the different disastrous romantic entanglements Chester was involved in, which the book largely revolves around A solid 3.5 stars his book Ed The Happy Clown is a 5 star read imo One tear came That was all The risk in telling stories about yourself, is that you open yourself to interpretations and judgments as if you were a fictional character In this memoir of the author s teenage years, set in a suburb of Montreal, the illustrations are so minimalist, and the text so sparse, that the reader is bound to fill in the blanks Chester Brown seems to be an archetypical awkward, introverted kid, who is mocked by his school mates because he refuses to swear He also struggOne tear came That was all The risk in telling stories about yourself, is that you open yourself to interpretations and judgments as if you were a fictional character In this memoir of the author s teenage years, set in a suburb of Montreal, the illustrations are so minimalist, and the text so sparse, that the reader is bound to fill in the blanks Chester Brown seems to be an archetypical awkward, introverted kid, who is mocked by his school mates because he refuses to swear He also struggles with showing his feelings and with engaging emotionally The focus of the memoir is on his interaction with girls and with his mentally ill mother, and on the feeling of terror that comes with expressing deep emotions The reader is never provided with explanations about his behavior and Chester s face is expressionless throughout There are only occasional glimpses into his thoughts What is really going on inside his mind Is he emotionally empty Or is it only teenage angst The reader is left to wonder A sparse but unhurried rendering of Brown s memories of being a teenager who ruthlessly toys with the affections of several starry eyed girls Actually it s not as bad as that, although Brown presents the actions of his hormone riddled younger self with some severity What really makes this graphic memoir cooking with gas Blame my creative writing instructor from college for that Carverism is the seemingly secondary narrative thread of the casually cruel indifference with which young Brown A sparse but unhurried rendering of Brown s memories of being a teenager who ruthlessly toys with the affections of several starry eyed girls Actually it s not as bad as that, although Brown presents the actions of his hormone riddled younger self with some severity What really makes this graphic memoir cooking with gas Blame my creative writing instructor from college for that Carverism is the seemingly secondary narrative thread of the casually cruel indifference with which young Brown treats his ailing mother I Never Liked You is ridden with unspoken guilt over Brown s own emotional disconnect from the gruesome and protracted death of his mother, making it a meatier read than just an account of post pubescent awkwardness and sexually charged wrestling Affecting and brief a half hour read with minor heartbreak This book was like listening to a drugged out hippy recounting his childhood He obviously doesn t remember much, so whatever he does is automatically soooo profound.