The Lonesome Era

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A fast and cute read! I really liked the artwork and found that the main character Camden was relatable. Who hasn't had a teenage crush on a person that was bad for you? Since I was able to get through the book in about 30 minutes, I didn't spend too much time thinking -- only enjoying. I read a lot of reviews that said that they didn't like the overall story because Camden is crushing on a guy that makes him feel worthless -- but I think that this is all part of the teenage experience (at least mine) and it makes the story even more relatable because of it.

Anyway, you should check this book out and form your own opinions.
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Thank you NetGalley and Publisher for the early copy!

I recommend checking out this comic/graphic novel. It deals with important issues and friendship. Plus, I really liked the art style. 

3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.
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Art is brilliant and cartooning is strong - Jon Allen knows how to tell a story through sequential art. Story is very unremarkable though. Gay kid fancies best friend who doesn't fancy him back. Some uninspired youthful shenanigans ensue. That's about it. Very unimpressive, unoriginal and unengaging follow up to the excellent Ohio is For Sale. Maybe younger readers might be more into it but it did little for me.
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I really enjoyed this graphic novel.  Camden’s story is relatable for so many young people trying to come out for the first time.  I really liked that he told his best friend that certain things he said were offensive and made it hard for him to come out, and I am also glad that his best friend took that into consideration afterwards.  In a perfect world it would be that simple, but it often isn’t.  I feel like Camden’s story gives hope to those who have yet to take the plunge.
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I liked the message this book was trying to send out, however the cat needs to make better friends. He's crushing on his best friend that makes him feel worthless. Not the kind of message you wanna portray with a book like this. I just hope that this gets solved in a further book. The story doesn't really end well and leaves you wondering about a lot. Especially if the cat ever finds happiness. This book is OK to waste an hour or so of your time but other than that there are other books that portray the same message so much better. Personally I would give this a miss.
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I definitely expected more and better on more than 400 pages. At least more of how they spend their days as friends. It was mostly nothing but "dude" here "dude" there, and then main character sad because his best friend does not know and understand he's gay. Completely shallow. 

The only thing I enjoyed was how it is drawn. I would like to see more but with totally different story.
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*Received via NetGalley for review*

A beautiful, melancholy, and true to life story about a young man maturing and drifting away from his best friend, not only because they have different interests and personalities, but because one of them is gay.

The art is atmospheric and serviceable, the emotions are raw and honest, and it flies by in the reading, even at 400+ pages.
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The Lonesome Era is a young adult graphic novel. Camden realizes that he has a crush on his best friend and does not know what to do. Not only that, his best friend is also a terrible influence on him causing Camden to break his leg, steal, get in fights, among other things. The book explores a difficult problem in a real way, I just wish the ending had a little more weight to it. Book contains some cursing, drinking, drug use.
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This book is quick and cute. 

The core theme of self-acceptance happening before social acceptance is possible is nicely done. It is especially nice to see a straight male character being loving and welcoming to his gay male best friend.

The art and anthropomorphized characters could make the potentially touchy subject more accessible for people uncomfortable with the visuals of gay boys.

Although I've seen this book recommended for Teens grade 10+, there is really nothing objectionable about this book. There are no sex scenes, the most intense this gets is a kiss from one person to another and some flirtation. I plan to purchase this for my public library middle grade graphic novel collection.
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Really fun and genuine. True to the high school experience, as well as Louth out loud funny in parts. I’m always partial to vomit as a comic plot point.
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I feel very bittersweet about this book. Camden, the main character, is gay and has a huge crush on his best friend. (Whom I do not care for in the slightest. He's a huge jerk.) The story centers around his very sad and dark coming out story, but there is a kind of quiet hopefulness towards the end. I wish there was a better resolution, but I'm not completely dissatisfied.
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Enjoyable visual reading!  I would recommend this engaging book for readers of all ages and would gladly add it to my classroom shelf or recommended reading for a graphic novels course.  Well done.
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Even though the characters are animals, this one has a very realistic feel. Does justice to the complex sexual and emotional lives of teenagers.
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Camden is a very relatable and awkward cat with a crush on his best friend. Jeremiah is a bad influence and really not very likeable at all. Eventually Camden will grow out of his teenage crush and make some better friends, but not during the course of this book. I would probably prefer to read about that, but I guess that's not the point of the book. I did really enjoy the art style though.
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This is slow, and painful and sad, but stupid, and typical and slightly funny at the same time.

Camden is in love with his best friend.  HIs best friend doesn't seem to care, or notice, and just wants to do typical stupid teenage boy stuff, such as going to death metal concerts and eating the food that someone left of the floor.

Camden likes to look at the stars. 

Does not seem like a good match, and perhaps it isn't, but as the French say, the Heart knows things that the Head doesn't understand.

So yeah, Jeremiah is a jerk (and looks like a monkey), but hey, when you fall in love, you can't always help how it happens. 





Cute story.  Little bit funny here and there.  I mostly didn't like Jeremiah so had a hard time seeing Camden falling in love with such a jerk. 

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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