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REVIEW: Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim & Jesse Hamm

Title: Good as Lily
Author: Derek Kirk Kim & Jesse Hamm
Publisher: Minx
Date of Release: August 1st 2007
Pages: 176

A strange mishap on her eighteenth birthday causes Grace Kwon to be confronted with herself at three different periods in her life--ages six, twenty-nine, and seventy--while she and her friends struggle to save a crumbling school play.

I will be honest with you, I'm not normally a manga, comic cartoon book person. However, I highly enjoyed this book. It was fun, hilarious and had a bit of fantasy creeping around the corners. The cover is interesting, I like the way they have shown her at each of her ages, but the age she is currently at in colour where-as the others are tinted red. However, I would have liked to have seen a little more colour as I found it didn't immediately catch your eye.

It all begins on Grace's 18th birthday, when she buys a pig piƱata from a strange old lady... to find there is nothing in there. Shortly after, she finds herself around the local park aged at six, twenty-nine, and seventy. And as you can probably imagine, they do not get on one bit. As Grace tries to keep their existence a secrets, along with keeping the school play alive, keeping her twenty-nine year old self away from Mr Levon and still keep her friends close... without them thinking she has gone crazy.

Grace is a funny character, she is strange, moody but also very sarcastic and funny. I also liked the way that you could see from her older selves that she would always keep with her attitude. I also like the way her seventy-year-old self sometimes gives advice to her eighteen-year-old self's friends, because she knows what is going to happen to them in the future such as her advice to Jeremy to 'Go easy on the cholesterol'.

This is a fun and comical read which will have you smiling to yourself from little comments and sarcastic comebacks, but also from the freaky likeness of all four of them (well, obviously because they are the same person but it does still freak you out a little!)

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