Persepolis

In life you’ll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it’s because they’re stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance… Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.

Title: Persepolis

Author: Marjane Satrapi

Series: Persepolis # 1

Publication: June 1st 2004 by Pantheon

Pages: 153

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.


A Listical of Thoughts and Feelings:

  • I forgot this was a memoir when I first started reading, and upon that realization, my appreciation for this book increased ten fold.
  • I do not like the black and white illustrations, they’re jarring on the eyes. Plus, the print is really tiny.
  • Fabulous story. Lot’s of narration for a Graphic Novel. It’s like an interesting hybrid baby
  • This book is an amazing history lesson because I knew absolutely nothing about Islamic Revolution in Iran
  • Offers an interesting perspective on war through the eyes of an affluent child. What was it like for a family not so well off? Raises lots of questions
  • Nothing is glossed over. It’s brutal and honest and actually kind of hard to read.
  • Children hear everything, remember that. Sometimes we forget they have ears.
  • Let’s turn torture into a game! How about no? Says a lot about her character, though.
  • Scene where Marjane finds her friends body after the bombing shook me. As it should.
  • This book is astoundingly clever, and it’s only the first half.
  • The small details, like her obsession with American pop culture, are shocking in ways I didn’t think possible yet they are unbelievably impactful.
  • I kinda like the black and white now, it’s appropriate, but it still hurts my eyes.
  • Good story overall. I’m definitely interested in the next part, but I also found it underwhelming? It went from being honest to sort of just talking over the problems.
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My Mad Fat Diary

“If you are slightly different, if your face doesn’t fit, they judge you and consign you and throw away the fucking key.
They never, ever stop to think that THEY might be wrong, that THEY are making a mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been the victim of a massive miscarriage of justice – I’m not saying that – BUT I know what it’s like to be stinking judged before people have even bothered to find out what you are about. They have boxed me off into the ugly group even before I have opened my gob.
SOCIETY IS SHIT.”

Title: My Mad Fat Diary

Author: Rae Earl

Series: Rae Earl # 1

Publication: April 19th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 368

Source: Publisher in exchange for a review

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s 1989 and Rae Earl is a fat, boy-mad 17-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint green bathroom and a refrigerator Rae can’t keep away from. She’s also just been released from a psychiatric ward. My Mad Fat Diary is the hilarious, harrowing and touching real-life diary Rae kept during that fateful year and the basis of the hit British television series of the same name now coming to HULU. Surrounded by people like her constantly dieting mum, her beautiful frenemy Bethany, her mates from the private school up the road (called “Haddock”, “Battered Sausage” and “Fig”) and the handsome, unattainable boys Rae pines after (who sometimes end up with Bethany…), My Mad Fat Diary is the story of an overweight young woman just hoping to be loved at a time when slim pop singers ruled the charts. Rae’s chronicle of her world will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever been a confused, lonely teenager clashing with her parents, sometimes overeating, hating her body, always taking herself VERY seriously, never knowing how positively brilliant she is and keeping a diary to record it all. My Mad Fat Diary – 365 days with one of the wisest and funniest girls in England.

My Thoughts:

OH MY GOODNESS! I am in love. I have found a voice that speaks to the inner depths of my soul and feeds it all the chocolate it could possibly want. I cannot thank St. Martins enough for sending me a copy of this book to review, I have found a new favorite. Now, I must be honest. Going into this book, I had no idea what it was about. I’d heard of Rae Earl because of the television show, but that was it. I was clear headed, I had no expectations, and so – I was able to enjoy every little aspect of this diary. And yes, folks. That is what this is: a diary.

This book is beyond describing. It was hilarious – that much I can say. My Mad Fat Diary is hilarious, heart-breaking, honest, and everything you could ever want from a diary. It was intimate and it was real. It was also, as I have already said, gut-clenchingly hilarious.

As is customary when I find myself at a loss for words because I love something so damn much, I leave you with this – BECAUSE I CAN, THAT’S WHY!

Basically. My Mad Fat Diary is amazing. It comes out in the U.S tomorrow, so grab it! Honestly, you’re missing out if you don’t. Besides being original and completely wonderful, this book is so enjoyable I don’t even know what to tell you. Read it. Love it. Cherish it.

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