Getting Married and Other Mistakes
Barbara Slate
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Getting Married and Other Mistakes
Barbara Slate
Other Press
160 pages
June 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Jo Hudson feels just like the sad brides she photographs.

This graphic novel explains how she comes to understand why her marriage comes to an end. When she’s not in bed reminiscing about her first boyfriends, she turns to her friends and a number of psychologists for answers. Jo doesn’t need opinions, though. She needs to hear the voice she’s been suppressing all her life: her own.

Although Jo spends much of the story feeling depressed and confused, by the end of the book, she transforms into an empowered woman. She learns to trust what she wants, and she goes after the job and the man that will make her happy.

While many of the comic panels contain speech bubbles, much of the story is told through the narration that appears alongside the illustrations. Slate’s (Yuppies from Hell) semi-autobiographical story is entertaining and insightful. Any woman, including older teen girls, feeling alone or lost should read this story.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Tanya Boudreau, 2012

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