Blue Lipstick

Blue Lipstick

Book - 2007
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Presents a collection of poems in which fifteen-year-old Jessie voices such teenage concerns as making new friends, getting along with an annoying younger brother, and finding the right makeup and hairstyle.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780618568604
0618568603
Branch Call Number: 811.6 G764b 2007 TEEN
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 24 cm

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JCLChrisK Dec 03, 2013

Dad said, "It's not easy to
be creative." And I thought
to myself, "You wouldn't
believe how creative I have
to be just to get through
the day." He said, "It's tough
being an artist. You've got
to struggle for years. People
often misunderstand your
work. You've got to be thick-
skinned because critics can
be cruel. You don't have any
money. And in many ways
you're really alone." And I said,
"It sounds like high school."

- from "Mondrian"
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This is a companion book to Technically, It's Not My Fault that improves on the previous title. Since much of it applies, of that one I said:
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"The concrete aspect is merely a bonus, as the words themselves convey excellent personality and voice. Each poem is a brief vignette from the life of eleven-year-old Robert, a peak inside his head. He's clever, sardonic, and snarky, someone who feels very real and familiar. His poems are expressions of his cleverness, sardonicism, and snarkiness. . . .
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"The concrete form expresses the content with the same cleverness, dancing across the page in various ways depending on what is being represented. It's hard (in a good way) to even think of these as poems, as they come across more as graphic representations of thoughts.
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"It's a quick read that I enjoyed greatly, and I'm already thinking of ways to share it with others."
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This collection is from the voice of Robert's high-school-aged sister, Jessie, and her observations are even more pointed and poignant than Robert's. It succinctly and brilliantly captures many aspects of life as a high schooler.
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I wish Grandits hadn't stopped with two collections.

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