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ISBN13: 9781603090803
ISBN10: 1603090800
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There are plenty of established facts concerning 26-year-old Annah Billips. She likes sushi and mountains, but hates paper cuts and beer breath. She dates girls and boys, and loves to travel. She may have a missing sister, or she might be insane. Did Annah invent an imaginary sister named Ginger during her parents' ferocious divorce, or did her mad scientist father extract part of her brain and transform it into a living twin? In this graphic novel, a host of narrators including boyfriends, girlfriends, magicians, pigeons, bulldogs, and convenience store clerks follow Annah through a night in her life in an attempt to determine that one last fact about Annah... and the Gingerbread Girl.

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Holly Scudero, September 29, 2012 (view all comments by Holly Scudero)
There are some things that are known for certain about twenty-seven-year-old Annah Billips. She likes massages and staring contests and traveling, among other things, while she hates Eighties fashions, public bathrooms, and sunburns. She dates both men and women, her parents have been divorced since she was young, and she has a sister named Ginger who is currently missing. Or maybe she doesn't have a sister, and she's just crazy. Maybe she doesn't even know herself. It seems that no one really knows Annah very well.

The graphic novel "Gingerbread Girl" teams author Paul Tobin with artist Colleen Coover in a somewhat whimsical tale that blurs the lines between what's real and what the mind makes real. Annah's story "that her mad scientist father extracted part of her brain and used it to create Ginger" might sound crazy, but the way she tells it makes it sound strangely plausible. The novel is narrated by a series of different characters, many directly connected to Annah, while some have a vague relationship or don't know her at all; this helps keep the story flowing in a fun way. Coover's illustrations add depth and character, keeping the story light but focused. This fun and fresh new story is definitely recommended.

Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews.
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Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
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Tobin, Paul
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