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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly; 2nd edition (Oct. 26 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896597149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896597140
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This was a very fast read. The drawings are simple, subtle but engaging. The storyline was agonizingly adolescent - but that's the point, I guess. There were moments of pain, laughter and boredom. I think this is a good read when you've got an hour to kill waiting for a friend in the park.
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Poignant, haunting, humorous.
This memoir captures the agony of youth with brilliance, restraint, and plaintiveness. So much is conveyed using so little ink. This is the memoir, the graphic story, Zen art at its finest. One of my favorite books.
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more than i was expecting Feb. 24 2005
By C. Hopf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love reading graphic novels, especially from the publishing company of I Never Liked You (Drawn & Quarterly). I've read maybe a dozen or so that they've put out. But for some reason, this one surprised me.

It might be because many of the things that occur in the story I can relate to, or they resemble what I was like in high school. Though, as most cartoonists are outcasts and that is often shown in their work, this doesn't make a graphic novel that special. Other aspects of the book...his mother, how he dealt with other people, etc....were what really struck me as sad. Yes I've read lots of sad stories in comics, but this one just seem to ring a little truer or deeper. It may be his minimalist approach; this lets you interpret many actions for yourself in that there is not often any definite reason or meaning behind the things that happen. Nor do you really know what's always going on in the speaker's head. These things, for me, made the book much more personal, because I was interpreting the events from my point of view, not necessarily seeing exactly how the speaker was interpreting them.
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Perhaps a little too successful at its mission Nov. 16 2010
By Timothy W. Lieder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Chester Brown depicts his adolescent years with a distinct sadness and criticism. In many ways, this is a young adult's depiction of adolescence, not capturing adolescence so much as that point where you grow up enough to first realize that everyone you've ever blamed for your problems is mostly innocent and that you're the jerk. (granted some people never get to this state. THey are called sociopaths) Later on, you gain some more perspective and feel some affection for your younger nasty self. This is not that book. Chester Brown wrote this book in a state of hatred for his teenage self. You can see it in every drawing of himself as a sallow skinny jerk. You see it in his way of treating Carrie and Sky. Even the things that might be admirable like his refusal to swear are explained away.

THe Chester Brown of the book is caught between two female friends - Carrie and Sky - with Connie providing a conscience that isn't really adhered to. Carrie loves him and she's depicted as a beautiful romantic creature whose only fault is bad taste. Sky is the friend that he eats with and its obvious early on that his interest in her is her breasts. He says he loves her but it comes so fast that you know that he's simply abusing the word. As an undercurrent, his mother is slowly losing her mind and as she deteriorates, the narrative keeps her off camera as she becomes less prominent in Chester's life.

The fact of the matter is that this is a fine book about depicting a teenager who keeps his messed up emotions in check. However, it's not easy to stay so close to a repressed individual who doesn't allow himself to feel anything but the most superficial emotions.
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A cartoon journal of real life. Sept. 26 2010
By Hwy61Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I Never Liked You is simply a recounting of various poignant moments in author Chester Brown's adolescence. I really enjoy this sort of visual narrative and found the book to be quite well done. I sat down and read the whole thing in about an hour.
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highly recommended. May 24 2005
By r. broom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this novel is excellent. i brought it after reading the similarly accomplished 'louis riel.' of course the number of books detailing youthful angst are incalcuable, but this novel posses a quality that is so special and differnt it simply isn't fair to lump it in such a category. brown's ability to capture a sort of quiet sadness and wordless continuum of youth and suburbia is second to none. highly recommended.
awesome graphic novel May 25 2013
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
awesome storytelling and artwork. I could totally relate to Chester's character, as I myself was an awkward nerd growing up who hated himself and had low self-esteem. The only difference is, i didn't have girls fighting over me! reccmonded.

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