Empire State

Empire State

A Love Story (or Not)

eBook - 2011
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Jimmy is a stereotypical geek who works at the library in Oakland, California, and is trapped in his own torpidity. Sara is his best friend, but she wants to get a life (translation: an apartment in Brooklyn and a publishing internship). When Sara moves to New York City, Jimmy is rattled. Then lonely. Then desperate. He screws up his courage, writes Sara a letter about his true feelings, and asks her to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building (a nod to their ongoing debate about Sleepless in Seattle). Jimmy's cross-country bus trip to Manhattan is as hapless and funny as Jimmy himself. When he arrives in the city he's thought of as "a festering hellhole," he's surprised by how exciting he finds New York, and how heartbreaking-he discovers Sara has a boyfriend! Jason Shiga's bold visual storytelling, sly pokes at popular culture, and subtle text work together seamlessly in Empire State, creating a quirky graphic novel comedy about the vagaries of love and friendship.
Publisher: [United States] :, Abrams,, 2011
ISBN: 9781613121535
1613121539
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Pham, John
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KHCPL_Doug Aug 11, 2019

Shiga captures in this story the feelings I had in my early 20's--lost and looking for something. Usually looking for the wrong things. The characters are real, and the dialogue, especially that left unspoken, is very poignant and real. It takes a little to get used to the illustrations--people are distinct but everyone has that same look (and they appear to all have extremely poor posture). But it works in this story. A good read.

ArapahoeCatherine Dec 15, 2016

I liked the art and coloring for this graphic novel but was, sadly, completely underwhelmed by the story.

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missreadingrobyn
Nov 26, 2016

I was not terribly impressed by this one. The art is interesting and the use of colour was great, but the story was boring and uninteresting.

mmilanow May 20, 2016

A story that, with its quirky artistry and genuine characters, provides a snapshot of what it's like to start growing up, leaving your comfort zone, and understanding how to see things for what they really are.
A quick and enjoyable read that it rings true to how "growing up" doesn't quite work in the way we envisioned it to work.

FW_librarian Jun 19, 2015

Jimmy mistakes friendship for love to the point of following his best friend, Sara to New York. Shiga captures the awkwardness of romantic misinterpretation to a tee.

britlap Aug 02, 2012

Interesting likeable characters! I also enjoyed how the artist only used two colours in the entire book and made use of those colours to differentiate time.

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marishkajuko
Nov 20, 2011

I would give this book 5 stars for the artistry, and 1 star for the story. I enjoyed flipping through the book, but when I got to the end, I thought "That's it? Lame."

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