Imaginary Girl

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WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins

CROATIA: Planetopia
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s

Original title: Mielikuvitustyttö

Author: Aino Louhi

Illustrator: Aino Louhi

Published: 2019

Publisher: Suuri Kurpitsa

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 168

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Young love is often fragile and tragic. But it’s also beautiful and unforgettable. Discover the story of the Imaginary Girl in this breathtaking graphic novel.

#growingup #loneliness #relationships #womanhood #youth #so90s #mysocalledlife #teenagedreams

Imaginary Girl is about the relationships of children, teens and adults: the bittersweet friendships, the crushes that make you feel paralyzed, the terrifying fear of being invisible – and the fear of being noticed.

Perfect for adults and young adults both!


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Down-to-Earth without extra drama. While reading one still understands how huge and devastating these little things are to the young main character. Believable and charming.
– Keskisuomalainen newspaper

The main character’s anonymity makes it relatable: the girls could be anyone of us. But Louhi’s story is also full of tiny details that make the story unique – it feels like reading someone’s life story.
– Reetta Laitinen, sarjainfo magazine

Imaginary Girl is like a poem, or like a forgotten photograph. Reading a comic book has never felt as therapeutic and cleansing!
– Antti Granlud, Soundi magazine

Illustrations are minimalistic. There’s enough background for reader to fill in the pieces, but the focus is on the characters. There are breathtaking full page portraits, and amazing gentleness.
– website

Imaginary Girl can be anyone: you or me, but there’s something unique in her too, small nuances, vibrances, and layers. The book highlights how life can be fragile, but also so powerful. How everything depends on so little.
-Helmi Kekkonen blog

The text gets to the point, and pictures are used sparingly. The reader has a change to fill the gaps in their own mind. To explore their own memories.
– Nuorille ja naperoille blog

Thank you, Aino Louhi, for sharing the universal feeling of insecurity, making it visual and relatable.
– Tuijata blog

Fast to read, but enjoyably long! Body language and facial expressions of the characters tell much more than the words! Beautiful, gentle debut!
– Lukuisa blog

Aino Louhi

Aino Louhi (s. 1981) in an artist whose large range of works include paintings and installations, as well as children’s book illustrations and comic-zines. Imaginary Girl is her first long graphic novel.