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Corrina Park used to have big plans.

Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is . . . copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it?
Here is the brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.

(With two-color illustrations throughout.)


by Michael Cho

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I have always wanted to "get into" reading graphic novels. Some of them look more appealing than others, but for the most part, I think the ratio of pictures to writing is something I really enjoy. In my quest to find some good graphic novels, I ran across a plethora of choices. My first taste?--Shoplifter. I was not disappointed. This novel seemed to be geared for young adults; the characters were adults seeming to be in their early 20's, just starting jobs and moving to new places.


The first thing that jumped out was the cover of this book. It is black and pink, obviously something that a girl might be more apt to pick up. It tells the story of a young woman, Corrina, who went to college to learn how to write, and then got a job doing something she hates. I could feel her depression and boredom seeping from the pages. Corrina is searching for an adventure, and yet her life seems to contain just the opposite. So she finds small ways to feel the highs of life. This just might come in the form of shoplifting. Stealing little things is easy, practically harmless, and gives her a jolt of "aliveness"...but what are the consequences?


This book was a quick read, but made me want more, more, more books with pretty pictures. Michael Cho doesn't seem to have any more books out yet, but I have a whole stack of graphic novels to read, so perhaps by the time I am finished with those, Michael will have another beautiful book on the market.

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Profanity/Language:  6 Religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity; 1 religious profanity; 4 scatological words.


Violence/Gore:  A plane crash is depicted briefly with burned passengers mentioned.


Sex/Nudity:  Pictures of a woman showering are portrayed; a woman is offered sex through an online dating site; sex is referred to several times; strippers are referred to.

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Adults drink wine; a man is depicted smoking; adults drink alcohol at a party.

Reviewed By Lydia
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