I Love the ‘90s — in a Graphic Novel

“I wanted to be inside her body.” Alison says. “I wanted to kiss her, but more, I wanted to be her.”

In this context, knee-deep in an ocean of reckless desire, Harmon maps a Long Island summer circa 1999. Through Alison’s teenage eyes, readers are given a clarifying reminder of what it’s like to be inexperienced and vulnerable. Justine is an elegy, not just of a decade, though it captures the ’90s beautifully, but also of a feeling — of the profound discontent of adolescence, of the way American girlhood is less about finding yourself than about finding a way to be someone else.

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Wynter K Miller

Wynter K Miller

Wynter K Miller is an editor and writer in California. @wynterkm