The Lonesome Era
by Jon Allen
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 10 Dec 2019 | Archive Date 26 Nov 2019
Letter Better Publishing Services, Iron Circus Comics
"A touching book that is sure to appeal to any reader who has tried to be the person they were meant to be." — BOOKLIST
Camden is a cat. Camden is also crushing hard on his best buddy and all-around terrible influence, Jeremiah. Young, bored, and trapped in their slowly decomposing Rust Belt town, Camden tamps down his burgeoning feelings for the local ne'er-do-well and allows himself to be dragged along with every awful idea, every hair-brained plan, and every threat to life and limb Jeremiah can come up with. As the dangers of Camden’s risk-taking mount, an even more terrifying confrontation with who he is and what he truly wants looms ever closer. How much longer can this go on?
With acute perception and sensitive wit, Jon Allen (Ohio is for Sale) explores the depths of teenage yearning below the deceptively shallow details of everyday life in a powerful, page-turning coming-of-age tale.
“Painful, awkward, heartbreaking, and hilarious, exactly like adolescence was. A touching story about the bonds of friendship and the uneasy and often uncomfortable process of finding oneself.” – MIKE DAWSON (Freddie & Me, Troop 142)
“THE LONESOME ERA is a sad and sweet tumble through the most chuckleheaded part of adolescence, where wrong choices battle worst choices for dominance under the crushing weight of others’ attempts to sort and define your identity.” — MISS LASKO-GROSS (A Mess of Everything, Escape from “Special”)
"Allen's assured cartooning blends naturalistic dialogue with charming cartoon animals to create a story that's funny, poignant, and deeply relatable." — SOPHIE GOLDSTEIN (House of Women, The Oven)
“Jon Allen has this really interesting style and pacing; it’s very understated.” — THE GUARDIAN
“His droll comic timing and assured, slightly eccentric pacing enlivens any standard ‘burnout roommate’ tropes he draws upon, making for a highly entertaining read.” — THE COMICS JOURNAL
“If there’s one thing that’s certain about Allen, it’s that his comics are going to continue to reach for their own high standards.” — BLEEDING COOL
Average rating from 17 members
Even though the characters are animals, this one has a very realistic feel. Does justice to the complex sexual and emotional lives of teenagers.
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.
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.
*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.