A BOOK : Life With Mr. Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeir

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Life With Mr. Dangerous
by Paul Hornschemeir
Published May 2011

Amy has a job she hates, a creep boyfriend she’s just dumped, and a best friend she can’t reach on the phone. But at least her (often painfully passive-aggressive) mother bought her a pink unicorn sweatshirt for her birthday. Pink. Unicorn. For her twenty-seventh birthday.

Gliding through the daydreams and realities of a young woman searching for definition, Life with Mr. Dangerous showcases acclaimed cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier’s gift for deadpan humor and dead-on insight with a droll aftertaste—an unlikely but welcome marriage of the bleak and the hopeful.

Summary and Photo from Goodreads.com

This is a graphic novel I picked up purely because of how colorful it is, to be honest. That electric blue caught my eye off the shelf and I was won over. The cover art portrays what the art throughout the rest of the graphic novel looks like- kind of a cartoon-y, yet realistic feel.

In just a short amount of time, Hornschemeir paints the picture of a 27 year-old who feels stuck. She lives alone with her cat, she comes home, watches TV, and day dreams. A lot. She is not happy where she is, but isn’t moving anywhere. This graphic novel is like reading someone’s journal. Some of the events may seem mundane and some events are REALLY EXCITING. It’s just life! With a little twist.

In a way it is a little bit sad. Okay, I found it a LOT sad personally, not in a pitying kind of way, but the kind of way that certain things in this book speaks to certain fears of mine. It is not necessarily a tragic story, but I think it just shows how disappointing life can potentially be, especially when you look at the mother character, and that in itself feels overwhelmingly sad because it rings so true.

Life With Mr. Dangerous might be for you if you’re looking for:

-a realistic story
-a book about growing up even when you’re technically supposed to be an adult
-a story where the character works at a retail store
-a teensy bit of a love story, but nothing that overpowers the main themes
-if you have an achy heart, and you want to make your heart feel a little more achy

Add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads.

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