I picked it up from the library because it was a new arrival and caught my attention. I'm not a fan of graphic novels but I do enjoy the occasional one. I've enjoyed Shenzhen, by Guy Delisle, for instance, and thought of giving this one a try just in case it was as interesting.
It wasn't. This is a story about a depressed teenager. But one who apparently has got everything she can possibly dream of. Ok, so he parents are not really paying attention to her. Yes, that is sad, but still, I couldn't feel that sympathy strong enough... It's not like she's struggling to survive, she lives in a mansion, surrounded by wealth and intellectuals and if instead of mopping about she talked to her parents and said: "Hey, I'm tired of you ignoring me", she might feel better. There were times in the story I wanted to say to her: Pull yourself together, girl! What are you complaining about? Can't you see how lucky you are?" The story reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye. I remember when I read it, (it had been recommended by American friends), I could not stand the spoilt brat.
I wouldn't call the main character in Lost Soul, Be at Pace a spoilt brat, I do understand teen angst etc but her problems are definitely first world problems and I don't have the time or patience for those.
What's most interesting to me is how a certain kind of American kid is portrayed in US literature. It's also a scary realisation. So much money, so much intellectual intelligence... and yet such lack of emotional intelligence, so little happiness. Do other literatures have teens like that? I wonder.