Author: Pénélope Bagieu
Genre: Romance + Graphic Novel
Received: For Review From Macmillan (Thank You!)
Published: May 5, 2015 by First Second
Zoe isn't exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn't recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment...and into his life. It's also why she doesn't know that Rocher is supposed to be dead. Turns out, Rocher faked his death years ago to escape his critics, and has been making a killing releasing his new work as "lost manuscripts," in cahoots with his editor/ex-wife Agathe. Neither of them would have invited a crass party girl like Zoe into their literary conspiracy of two, but now that she's there anyway. . . . Zoe doesn't know Balzac from Batman, but she's going to have to wise up fast... because she's sitting on the literary scandal of the century!
This book was not what I expected at all. I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but this is definitely a must read. This book has an amazing plot twist that made my day. Exquisite Corpse was gorgeous to look at, but contained a very sarcastic and hysterical story. The imperfect characters, the Paris setting, and the artwork worked together to create a great story that any reader will really enjoy.
The book starts out with Zoe who really isn't happy with her job, boyfriend, and life prospects. She meets the recluse author Thomas and she becomes his muse. She moves in with him, but she begins to see his faults and that maybe he isn't this perfect guy she thought he was. I really enjoyed that we saw many facets of Zoe. We knew right off the bat that Zoe wasn't a perfect character, she is kind of naive, she isn't very goal oriented, and her relationship is not great. When we first meet Thomas he seems a bit strange, but like a great guy for Zoe and a lot better than her boyfriend. As their relationship unfolds and we meet his ex-wife Agathe, we begin to see all of the egocentric craziness about Thomas.
I did not quite realize going into this book that it was more mature. This is a graphic graphic novel, pun intended. There is more mature content, nudity, and sex. So just be aware of that going into the book if that is something you are not interested in. I loved the art style in this book. It is very cartoonish, but also very chic in a way. It was really interesting to see the mix of very pretty art and the mature content.
I really enjoyed that this was centered around an author and the publishing industry, but really it focused and could be applied to the any art in that when a content creator dies their work because more valuable. Thomas at times reminds me of Nicholas Sparks, Thomas would have his blown up author pic as the entire back of his book.
I loved the plot twist at the end. I never expected that to happen and I LOVED IT. I really enjoyed the pacing of the end as well. It didn't need to be fully developed to give us the full impact of it. I don't want to spoil or lessen that ending if you haven't read this yet and are planning to, but it was fantastic.
I read Exquisite Corpse in one sitting and devoured it. This graphic novel was a really fun read. It was a complete surprise for me in both plot and my own enjoyment of it. If you're looking into reading some graphic novels, I think you should check this one out!
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I really need some graphic novel recommendations! Or comic and manga! Let me know some of your favorites in the comments!