By Adrian Tomine
My main problem with this graphic novel is that it ended. I was having such a great time reading it that by the time I reached the last page, I couldn’t believe how Adrian Tomine could betray me like that. Dammit.
Needless to say, this graphic novel is awesome. I only borrowed a friend’s copy, but I am determined to get my own and re-read it many, many times. Its accurate depiction of an aimless life after college and during semi-adulthood really affected me. It also touched issues of race (Asians in the US, to be specific), fidelity, and important life decisions. Beautiful art plus deadpan humor and the depressing reality of each of the characters’ lives made Shortcomings an incredibly enjoyable book. I would seriously recommend it to everyone.