Empire State

Empire State

A Love Story (or Not)

Book - 2011
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When his best friend, Sara, moves to New York City, Jimmy--who loves science fiction but knows very little about the outside world--works up the courage to travel cross-country by bus to see her, and perhaps change their relationship.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Comic Art, 2011.
ISBN: 9780810997479
0810997479
Branch Call Number: [GN] FIC/SHIGA
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pham, John - Artist

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AL_CATHERINE Dec 15, 2016

I liked the art and coloring for this graphic novel but was, sadly, completely underwhelmed by the story.

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missreadingrobyn
Nov 26, 2016

I was not terribly impressed by this one. The art is interesting and the use of colour was great, but the story was boring and uninteresting.

mmilanow May 20, 2016

A story that, with its quirky artistry and genuine characters, provides a snapshot of what it's like to start growing up, leaving your comfort zone, and understanding how to see things for what they really are.
A quick and enjoyable read that it rings true to how "growing up" doesn't quite work in the way we envisioned it to work.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Most love stories don't end with a snowball to the face. Then again, this is no love story.

Empire State, by Jason Shiga, actually starts in the Golden State: Oakland, California. Jimmy works in a library and runs his own Web site. He finds inner peace through repairing books and geeking out over sci-fi movies. As he leaves work one day, we meet his friend Sara, who greets him...with an unprovoked punch in the arm.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/empire_state_shiga

FederalWayEdna Jun 19, 2015

Jimmy mistakes friendship for love to the point of following his best friend, Sara to New York. Shiga captures the awkwardness of romantic misinterpretation to a tee.

britlap Aug 02, 2012

Interesting likeable characters! I also enjoyed how the artist only used two colours in the entire book and made use of those colours to differentiate time.

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marishkajuko
Nov 20, 2011

I would give this book 5 stars for the artistry, and 1 star for the story. I enjoyed flipping through the book, but when I got to the end, I thought "That's it? Lame."

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Nov 21, 2011

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