WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
Original title: Mielikuvitustyttö
Author: Aino Louhi
Illustrator: Aino Louhi
Publisher: Suuri Kurpitsa
Class/genre: Young Adults
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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!
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.
– Kirjavinkit.fi 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