Stuff I Love: Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson
Posted on: January 13, 2009 /
THIS. IS AWESOME. OH EM GEE. If you care for me at all, please give me $ so I can buy this.
A SOON-TO-BE TEEN CLASSIC
Loosely based on a teenagerâ€™s diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable details the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. This remarkably touching and funny graphic novel tells the first-person account of Tammyâ€™s sophomore year in 1985, from the first day of school to winter break. Her hopes, dreams, agonies and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watsonâ€™s lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials â€” too much mascara, leg warmers with heels and huge hair â€” as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases).
In the epic saga that is Unlovable, Tammy finds herself dealing with: tampons, teasing, crushes, The Smiths, tube socks, facial hair, lice, celibacy, fantasy dream proms, gym showers, skid marks, a secret admirer, prank calls, backstabbers, winter ball, barfing, narcs, breakdancing, hot wheels, glamour shots, roller coasters, Halloween costumes, boogers, boys, boy crazy feelings, biker babes, and even some butt cracks. Tammyâ€™s life isnâ€™t pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious.
Originally (and still) serialized in Bust magazine, Unlovable includes over 100 new pages created just for this edition, which is handsomely packaged in a unique hot pink hardcover format with sparkly blue glitter that would make Tammy proud.
â€œGOOD!!!â€ â€“ Lynda Barry
â€œFrom the moment I laid eyes on Unlovable, I knew immediately that I had to run it as a series in BUST. Tammy Pierce is such an endearing underdog, and her teen-loser ways keep me coming back. No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us.â€ â€“ Laurie Henzel, BUST Magazine Creative Director
â€œUnlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can’t help but reliving parts again to feel the pain.â€ â€“ Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder
“I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone’s diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn’t love everyone in it so much…. So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh.” â€“ Jordan Crane
“This book reminds me of my life. It’s like looking in a mirror and the mirror has stickers and tooth brush splashes on it.” â€“ Leslie Hall
416-page two-color 5.75″ x 5.75″ hardcover
In stock: Late Jan./early Feb. 2009
In stores: Mid-Feb. 2009