Sunday, June 7, 2015

An Age of License by Lucy Knisley


An Age of License by Lucy Knisley

Review by Lauren

source: copy from library; all opinions are my own


Official Summary: Acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley (French Milk, Relish) got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe/Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley’s comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) adventures. 
It’s punctuated by whimsical visual devices (such as a “new experiences” funnel); peppered with the cute cats she meets along the way; and, of course, features her hallmark—drawings and descriptions of food that will make your mouth water. But it’s not all kittens and raclette crepes: Knisley’s experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries, and quotidian revelations—about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life and career—that many young adults will relate to.

Review: I have read Knisley’s graphic memoir Relish and immediately fell in love with her whimsical drawings and fun stories. When I saw An Age of License at the library, I knew I had to check it out. This is one of those books that you can easily read in a day, but it’s also something to look back on and ponder. Knisley is growing up and dealing with big decisions in her life. 

This book chronicles a trip to Europe, where she talks about the food and the fun she had, but she also thinks about her relationships and her career. She is lucky to have a job she loves, where she can draw and create stories, but it’s not always easy and there is always the fear of ‘what comes next?’ At the same time, everyone needs to live their life for them, go on adventures, fall in and out of love, and essentially…give yourself license to experience the world before truly settling down.

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I refer to this book as a graphic memoir but it doesn’t look like a traditional graphic novel. Instead, the book is full of colored drawings, with a story weaved around it in a scrapbook style. Reading Knisley’s books make me wish I had the ability to draw so I could capture moments in my life the way she does.

In all, I know that I will read more by Knisley. She currently has two other graphic memoirs that I must read (French Milk, Displacement).

22 comments:

DMS said...

I am a big fan of graphic novels, but haven't read anything by this author. I will have to look her up! The style sounds fabulous. So glad to hear you enjoyed this one! :)
~Jess

Liviania said...

I still need to read any of Knisley's books! They sound so good.

Jasprit said...

This sounds like a super fun read, I like the sound of how different it sounds from a graphic novel, but how it still ended up working for you! :)

Tracy Terry said...

Yet to take the plunge and actually read a graphic novel this sounds like it could be an ideal introduction given your comment that it doesn't particularly look like the traditional graphic novel.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

This just looks fun. What a nice way to make a memoir memorable.... bad pun intended :)

Kindlemom said...

LOL at Heidi, but I agree, what a fun way to do it. Glad you enjoyed this, I do love the drawings!

Aylee said...

Hmm yeah, I was going to say that this doesn't look like any graphic novel I've ever seen, and I can see why you would call it a graphic memoir. Not that that's a bad thing, if you got a lot out of it! Her illustrations are cute :)

Alise said...

I haven't heard of Lucy Knisley but I am interested! Even the idea of a graphic memoir just sounds so fun, it reminds me a little of Hyperbole and a Half although this is definitely different.

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

I love reading about trips/holidays, so that would be really fun, and such a unique style to tell a memoir. :)

Erika Sorocco said...

I rarely find myself coveting a graphic novel, but I'm dying to get my hands on this one - it looks fab for summer reading!

xx

Nicole Hewitt said...

I'm not usually big on memoirs, but a graphic memoir sounds like lots of fun - and this one sounds like it has a particularly interesting style!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Coco said...

I love graphic novels so much! Thanks for sharing!!
Baci,
Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

Cleo Bannister said...

This sounds like such a fun read - where do you find such interesting books? Great review!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love graphic novels, and this sounds really good!

kimbacaffeinate said...

This looks like fun, and while graphics aren't my thing I know some who love them and will share your recommendation

GABY said...

I'll probably enjoy this one, I like a lot graphic novels about real life.

Alexia561 said...

I'm not much for memoirs or travel journals, but the way you describe this book sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

Joyous Reads said...

A graphic memoir sounds innovative! And something that I could easily get into. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

Sharons Book Nook! said...

Looks like a fun book, thanks for sharing. :-)

Claudia Arroyo said...

This one looks charming and venturesome! I wouldn't mind travelling through Europe with a quirky protagonist ;)

Jennifer Humphries said...

I love graphic novels and this one looks fabulous! A great read this summer for my teen daughter and I, thanks for sharing!

Angela's Anxious Life said...

I loved Relish sooo much!! So I am excited to read this one too. I am glad to read that the drawing are in color since the ones you show are in black and white. I love the color in Relish!