“Despite being a young adult novel, I really enjoyed this graphic novel. There was just enough Sartre and Hinduism to keep me entertained.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Despite being a young adult novel, I really enjoyed this graphic novel. There was just enough Sartre and Hinduism to keep me entertained.”Sunshine Dust wrote this review Friday, October 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recommended ages 15 and up.
A year's journey through life, love, and finding yourself.”
“I loved this (semi-autobiographical?) diary of existentialism. The titular young lady is trying to navigate through different cultures, including high school, and is worried about her first kiss, best friends, her brother, the school play, and what the point of it all is. The writing is excellent, and the art fits the story nicely.”Matthew D wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome story of first love, high school, and existentialism. Grade 9+”April J wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Funny, sometimes sad, and always realistically able to relate to. ”Snow wrote this review Sunday, May 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tina attends a small private high school where she is learning about Existentialism in one of her classes. She has a project to do, and one of her options is to keep an existential diary. Fortunately for us, this is the option she chooses. We get to meet her family, her classmates, and to view her life through the lens of Tina's wry observations and gentle self-depreciating humor. This is a year of transition and upheaval for Tina. Her best friend of many years has found new interests and new friends, leaving Tina behind, and Tina is very much at lost ends. It is a year of growth for Tina, and the reader watches as she blossoms and comes into her own on many levels. I loved the artist's style and think that this book will find an audience with a lot of young people who will find it very relatable. ”Dolores S wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a great graphic novel. While it is written as a young adult book, I think it's great for all ages. While teens might connect with the character of Tina more directly, I found paralells between my teens years and my 20s. Some things never change. Tina is like the existential Daria. Love her. I wish I could have been friends with Tina in high school. ”EmilyBat wrote this review Thursday, September 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It’s interesting to read about upscale South Asian teen culture in California, even if it is a mirror of my international school experience. Money and teen drama attract a lot more interest than ancestry does. And even though there aren’t many characters, I still lost track. Reza and Hollis and Nisha and Ravi – I don’t care enough to tell them apart.
Tina is fun, except in her faux-existential moments. Philosophy, Rashomon, angst-ridden siblings, Krishna, New Age teachers, first kiss: the plot strings are as tangled as the people who stumble their way along them.
The graphics are OK. Once again, Tina stands out from an interchangeable crowd. The adults and their wrinkles are creepy. There’s also a Napoleon Dynamite knockoff, in both looks and personality.
Kashyap packs an epilogue, a beginning, an à bientôt, and a clipped foreshadow of sideplot into the final pages. This story might benefit from a straighter line to a cleaner close.”