This is a delightful cross between a memoir of wedding planning and a guide to surviving the often bizarrely stressful moment in life. Lucy Knisley's work always makes me laugh out loud. I mean who doesn't want a graphic "should I attend this wedding" flowchart?!
What a fun book! And relatable for me, as I recently got married myself. Knisley put into words a lot of the ideas and concerns that came up in planning, including a critical eye towards wedding traditions while still wanting some of them for yourself. The illustrations add to the flow of the book.
I love graphic memoirs and read this wonderful one by Knisley just after I myself got married, so it was all the more relatable. Her charming, colorful, and cartoony illustrations coupled with an engaging and amusing writing style really appealed to me. A story about someone else’s ambitious, personal, DIY wedding has never been so much fun.
This was cute and put me in the mood to get married :')
I generally like Lucy Knisley’s graphic novels, but Something New did not engage me. It might be that I expected more irreverence. It Just seemed like someone trying too hard to be original and falling into the bridal Bataan Death March. Love and commitment is a wonderful thing for people to celebrate, but looking at other people’s wedding pictures is rarely an exciting experience. Reading the book felt like looking at the bridal photos of someone you don’t know very well.
I adore Lucy Knisley. She has the perfect combination of sweet and sass and realness. The perfect book for anyone who is or was a bride-to-be complete with bright illustrations which amplify her charmingly relatable humor.
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I loved how this was a mostly light but honest look at relationships and why people go crazy about having the "perfect" wedding. I read it in a single day, charmed by Lucy and her illustrations.
In this memoir, geeky artist Lucy gets married! She describes her relationship with her boyfriend, her parents, and all the secret wedding details.
I've read all of Lucy Knisley's memoirs of travelogues, but this was the one I think I connected with the most. A lot of the stories she was sharing in this graphic novel about the perils of engagement and the different mentalities people have about marriage really struck a chord with me. Getting engaged is one of the weirdest experiences I think a person can have, especially because it's something that feels so surreal at first glance.
Knisley captures a lot of the jitters, confusion and crazy that comes with being a newly engaged individual and I loved her honesty. She walks the reader through her engagement, the reactions from friends and family, the process of trying to plan a wedding on a budget, and sticking with the budget. There's so much anxiety that comes with the planning of a wedding, and she makes no bones about it either. I remember talking with my own spouse when we were engaged about how we wanted our wedding, the dos and don'ts from other weddings we had been forced to attend, and the realities of how much we wanted to spend and what we wanted our guests to experience.
I really loved Something New, and I think it will speak to a variety of readers: singletons, newly weds, those who have been married for awhile... I think each person would get something different from the experiences that Knisley shares with her readers. Plus, as always, Knisley's artwork is lovely to look at, and it captures such a rawness that comes with all the heavy topics she is discussing. Her latest release is definitely something to enjoy if you've never experienced her works!
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