On sale date: February 23, 2009
From the pages of Bust magazine, the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of '80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls.
A soon-to-be teen classic: loosely based on a teenager'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 Tammy'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 Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials—too much mascara, leg warmers with heels and huge hair—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. Tammy's life isn't pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious.
Originally 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.
"Unlovable is a fine example of how art and narrative can be combined to make a potentially trivial book compelling and insight-provoking." — Francisca Goldsmith - Booklist
"Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson...was for me like discovering a nugget of gold in a sieve!...really original and fun." — Lezinfo
"All big hair, chunky mascara, and leg warmers paired with heels…what's inside might remind you of a certain teenager you once knew." — Mallory Rice - Nylon
"Both hilarious and a little heartbreaking." — Whitney Matheson - Pop Candy
"Watson's graphic style and messily scrawled confessions read like a genuine diary, filled with humor and despair." — Erika Hobart - Seattle Weekly
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