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Good As Lily

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Good As Lily

After an unfortunate pinata accident at her 18th birthday party, Grace discovers that three incarnations of herself have appeared and are planning to move in with her. Her six-, 29- and 70-year-old selves all need something, and Grace has to figure out what those things are while at the same time trying to keep her high school play from being canceled, maintaining her friendship with buddy Jeremy and attracting the attention of the super-hot drama teacher who doesn't seem to realize what a prize Grace is.

Grace struggles to deal with an attention-hungry six-year-old, competes with her 29-year-old self for the love of her teacher and tries to find a reason to live for an old woman who seems to have forgotten how. In facing all of these issues, and dealing with some of her own, Grace's story comes full circle and she realizes that she's just as good as anyone else --- and that's just fine.

Derek Kirk Kim's writing is clear and clean and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. He manages to take an outlandish idea and make it believable, as Grace has to find a way to sneak these three into her home, hide them from her parents and explain them to her friends. He also takes complex life-lessons, like striving for the attainable, seeing what's in front of you and working outside the box, and makes them palatable and easy to absorb. The art is somewhat uneven and cartoony, but the cartoonishness often works extremely well in conveying the extreme emotions of the characters. If you are in the mood for a fun read that ends up being a little meatier than you might expect, GOOD AS LILy will be mighty good, indeed.

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Reviewed by Eva Volin on October 18, 2011

Good As Lily
by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm

  • Publication Date: August 1, 2007
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Minx
  • ISBN-10: 1401213812
  • ISBN-13: 9781401213817