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Little Fish: A Memoir From A Different Kind of Year Told Through Real Life Journals, Collages, Lists, And Drawings, This Coming Of Age Story Illustrates The Transformation Of An Year Old Girl From A Small Town Teenager Into An Independent City Dwelling College StudentYALSA Outstanding Book For The College Bound Texas Library Association TLA Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Independent Publisher Book Award IPBA , Independent Voice Award Winner YALSA Quick Picks For Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nominee Cooperative Children S Book Center, CCBC Choices CBC Teen Choice Book Of The Year Award Nominee Foreword Reviews Book Of The Year Finalist Cybils Children S Young Adult Blogger Awards Graphics Nominee

10 thoughts on “Little Fish: A Memoir From A Different Kind of Year

  1. says:

    For the life of me, I can t figure out how Little Fish got published Not that Ramsey Beyer s graphic novel list compendium of her college experience is particularly offensive On the contrary, it s completely unoffensive, blandly chronicling none too original freshmen events that surely readers have seen covered elsewhere on the first two seasons of Felicity, for instance I have to assume, then, that the hook is in the format, a zine blog mix that strikes me as trying too hard to achieve f For the life of me, I can t figure out how Little Fish got published Not that Ramsey Beyer s graphic novel list compendium of her college experience is particularly offensive On the contrary, it s completely unoffensive, blandly chronicling none too original freshmen events that surely readers have seen covered elsewhere on the first two seasons of Felicity, for instance I have to assume, then, that the hook is in the format, a zine blog mix that strikes me as trying too hard to achieve far too little If I m supposed to appreciate this conceptually, shouldn t the design demonstrate the narrator s growth and development as an artist as she s exposed to new styles and ideas at school, gradually developing as she herself develops away from her initial timidity into somethingstriking and original No Well, guess that form s not following function, then which makes me see it asof a gimmick than anything else.There s nothing wrong with Little Fish There s just nothing particularly right about it, either Given how visceral some graphic memoirs can be, I can t help viewing that as a disappointment

  2. says:

    I loved this book so much For me, it really captured the feeling of transitioning from high school to college, and I appreciated how open she was in including real pieces of her journal lists etc I hope there is a sequel I ve seen other reviewers on here say that nothing really happens but I don t think the book was supposed to be about some huge event To me, the purpose was to capture a certain period in her life, and I feel like she did this beautifully.

  3. says:

    The only reason this isn t getting one star is because the artwork is decent The format s seemed a bit redundant The content well, it s always hard when you re reading a memoir I try to evaluate the book separately from my feelings about the author This proved difficult.Ramsey is probably a really nice girl But reading this memoir was like reading my diary from when I was 12 So superficial So juvenile Such silly lists God, the lists.I really disliked the author by the end And I fee The only reason this isn t getting one star is because the artwork is decent The format s seemed a bit redundant The content well, it s always hard when you re reading a memoir I try to evaluate the book separately from my feelings about the author This proved difficult.Ramsey is probably a really nice girl But reading this memoir was like reading my diary from when I was 12 So superficial So juvenile Such silly lists God, the lists.I really disliked the author by the end And I feel bad about that because I m sure she s nice But she s just too wholesome perky something and it got on my nerves

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    Different Beyer has brought together her collection of lists and old Livejournal entries, bridging the gaps with comic book pages, to tell the story of her first year in college Which is, to be honest, not terribly dramatic But she does a good job of capturing the anxiety that a small town kid would feel when moving to a big city far from home The many, many lists, some of which aren t terribly relevant to the story, could try anyone s patience, and there s quite a bit of repetition But I d Different Beyer has brought together her collection of lists and old Livejournal entries, bridging the gaps with comic book pages, to tell the story of her first year in college Which is, to be honest, not terribly dramatic But she does a good job of capturing the anxiety that a small town kid would feel when moving to a big city far from home The many, many lists, some of which aren t terribly relevant to the story, could try anyone s patience, and there s quite a bit of repetition But I did like the way that Beyer brought it all together, and I think this would really appeal to small town high school students about to head off to college

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    Little Fish is told in a series of lists and comics In the spirit of the book, I decided to share my thoughts in a list a memoir told in lists which I liked because I like lists, made for a quick read enjoyed the graphics made reading a visual experience expresses the anticipation and expectation of going away to college which anyone getting to go to college or anyone who has been to college can relate to shares the excitement and anxiety of making new friends in a new place small town gi Little Fish is told in a series of lists and comics In the spirit of the book, I decided to share my thoughts in a list a memoir told in lists which I liked because I like lists, made for a quick read enjoyed the graphics made reading a visual experience expresses the anticipation and expectation of going away to college which anyone getting to go to college or anyone who has been to college can relate to shares the excitement and anxiety of making new friends in a new place small town girl with big city dreams wants to knowabout the world outside of her comfort zone made me think what my college experience would have been like if I had gone to a college halfway across the country reminded me of my own experiences of getting out on my own and making new friends beyond my best friends from high school great for fans of creative storytelling readers may be inspired to chronicle their college experience in a similar way makes me want to readgraphic novels makes me want to knowabout the author and her zines

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    Ramsey was a small town girl when she decided to move to the city to go to art school She was relatively sheltered and naive, her family culture was midwestern, liberal and educated, and she naturally gravitated to an arts career and the punk subculture This is the story of her first year at art school in Balti.The book recounts the summer of 2003 through the summer of 2004, and includes short sequential art anecdotes, lists of things things that scare me, top 10 worst sounds, things Ramsey was a small town girl when she decided to move to the city to go to art school She was relatively sheltered and naive, her family culture was midwestern, liberal and educated, and she naturally gravitated to an arts career and the punk subculture This is the story of her first year at art school in Balti.The book recounts the summer of 2003 through the summer of 2004, and includes short sequential art anecdotes, lists of things things that scare me, top 10 worst sounds, things I ve done to prepare for college, etc , and some helpful reference sections, such as annotated illustrations of her apartment, cast of character sections, andSome collections like this feel pretty scattered, but Beyer brings these disparate pieces together quite smoothly So, even though the comic portions have a quite simple illustration style I m tempted to call them child like , and the lists are typewriter written scraps of paper copied overlaying random objects string, pens, etc , and the blog excerpts are printed in a rather cheesy font on an illustrated notebook, it all hangs together and tells the story fluidly.Beyer is very honest About how privileged she is About coming out of her shell She doesn t delve deep, per se, but I got the feeling that this was because she wasn t doing the hard mental work herself, rather than any kind of storytelling dishonesty I didn t get a very specific sense of what her paintings her initially claimed primary art medium were like, which is interesting to me There are many things we could say about the privilege of the piece But I don t see that as invalidating the story or point of view.All in all, I found her engaging, real, and likable, for the most part And I wanted to know what came next.sidenote The cover features a fishbowl and a short haircut I only remember the fishtank playing anythingthan a set dressing role once And her hair is pointedly long when she first goes to the city So that s weird to me.Read with Between GearsRelish My Life in the Kitchen

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    Beyer, R 2013 Little fish A memoir from a different kind of year San Francisco, CA Zest Books 273 pp Unpaginated ISBN 978 1 936976 18 8 Hardcover 15.99.Paw Paw, Michigan does not find its way into teen literature I say this with conviction Many readers may suspect that Paw Paw is a made up name I ve been there Eaten at a very fine restaurant there Consequently, finding Little Fish and discovering that Ramsey hails from Paw Paw attracted my attention What has me reviewing Beyer, R 2013 Little fish A memoir from a different kind of year San Francisco, CA Zest Books 273 pp Unpaginated ISBN 978 1 936976 18 8 Hardcover 15.99.Paw Paw, Michigan does not find its way into teen literature I say this with conviction Many readers may suspect that Paw Paw is a made up name I ve been there Eaten at a very fine restaurant there Consequently, finding Little Fish and discovering that Ramsey hails from Paw Paw attracted my attention What has me reviewing the book is its pitch perfect depiction of the small town fears of teens graduating from high school and heading off to college in a big city My own daughter suffered from the paralyzing fears and insecurities of heading to New York from a small town very much like Paw Paw and only 20 miles away Did my small town prepare me well enough to be taken seriously in a big city Can a young woman from Paw Paw, Michigan be expected to recognize good art Paw Paw is very different from Balti in just about every manner possible Beyer, however, does not treat Paw Paw disrespectfully Ramsey waxes poetically about the people, animals, and things in Michigan that she loves and misses, while appreciating the expanded cultural opportunities that Balti offers Along the way, Ramsey meets a loud, opinionated boy with very different musical tastes Many arguments and many laughs later, they discover they are a couple in a relationship at about the exact same time they realize they are on a first date so perfectly teen Beyer s art, graphics, font treatments love the typewriter , and page design serve this memoir exceptionally well The honesty of the voice, however, is what makes this book well worth adding to high school libraries

  8. says:

    This is a nice exploration of a small town girl s first year in a big, diverse arts college, and I think many students will relate to her mixed feelings of homesickness longing foradventure and freedom However, the narrative is very bogged down by bland, repetitive lists and extremely vague details with little to no specific, vivid imagery or experience It s like the author selectively included only the most boring G rated parts of her life High school students will surely long for at l This is a nice exploration of a small town girl s first year in a big, diverse arts college, and I think many students will relate to her mixed feelings of homesickness longing foradventure and freedom However, the narrative is very bogged down by bland, repetitive lists and extremely vague details with little to no specific, vivid imagery or experience It s like the author selectively included only the most boring G rated parts of her life High school students will surely long for at least a tiny bit of drama

  9. says:

    So cute and good Made me a bit nostalgic for when I was also 18 and leaving home for the first time Super well done and would make a great gift for a teen

  10. says:

    There were two things about Ramsey Beyer s memoir, Little Fish A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year, that immediately convinced me I needed to read it 1 Ramsey is from the small town of Paw, Paw, Michigan, which is very close to where I attended university. I left my small northern, Michigan town to move to Kalamazoo, which is much bigger than where I grew up, and I, like Ramsey, felt like a little fish in a new, big pond 2 Little Fish is a memoir told in various formats, including illu There were two things about Ramsey Beyer s memoir, Little Fish A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year, that immediately convinced me I needed to read it 1 Ramsey is from the small town of Paw, Paw, Michigan, which is very close to where I attended university. I left my small northern, Michigan town to move to Kalamazoo, which is much bigger than where I grew up, and I, like Ramsey, felt like a little fish in a new, big pond 2 Little Fish is a memoir told in various formats, including illustrations, lists, and blog entries As a blogger who writes lists constantly and has a deep appreciation for contemporary graphic novels, I couldn t imagine Beyer creating something any better suited to my tastes Little Fish follows Beyer as she leaves Michigan, and her comfortable life and close knit circle of friends, to attend art school in Balti In many ways, Beyer could represent any recent graduate who moves away to attend university after high school, but I felt a special connection with her, as a small town girl and a fellow Michigander Though Beyer moved much further away than I did for university all the way to the East Coast , I went through a very similar experience following my graduation, and I can vouch for the honesty of the feelings and experiences described in Little Fish Beyer perfectly captures the excitement, confusion, and emotional ups and downs associated with a young adult s first big move from home Multiple times throughout the novel, Beyer refers to how secure she felt in Paw Paw and how that was both a good and bad thing There are times when she just wants to escape the small town life She yearns for diversity and change, but, other times, she fiercely misses home While she enjoys the new people she s met at school, she misses the people from small town Michigan though she can t quite explain just what quality the people from home possess that her new acquaintances do not Later, she can t imagine spending vacation away from Balti and her new friends, who have quickly become constant companions, but, by the end of break, she isn t so sure she s ready to return to university life She admits that, if she could come up with a good enough reason, she might never have small town life behind These parts of the novel really resonated with me, as I went through the exact same things when I was at university At school, I was constantly saying that I couldn t wait to go home, but when I was back in my hometown, I was couldn t wait to go home to university Beyer tactfully addresses this confusing issue of having two homes and divided feelings about both, which often goes unmentioned and ignored when kids are considering the changes they ll experience when leaving for school, but later ends up being an emotional and confusing issue.I immediately fell in love with Beyer s easily accessible graphic style and her penchant for list writing There s something very fresh and perhaps even novel about Beyer s memoir that feels very fitting, given the topics and themes found within Considering that this memoir addresses so many different firsts freshman year of university, moving away from home, becoming independent, finding oneself, and experiencing one s first serious relationship I can t help but feel that Little Fish would be a great first introduction to graphic novels for those who haven t read one before It mixes in plenty of text, in the form of lists and blog like entries, so the comic elements are somewhat spaced out The illustrations aren t overly complicated and I never felt like I might be missing some hidden meaning within the images, which I ve sometimes felt when reading graphic novels and that I fear might be off putting to those who are hesitant about picking one up To me, Little Fish would be a great stepping stone for readers who would like to branch out into graphic novels, but who have been a bit shy about it.I highly recommend Little Fish to readers of memoirs, graphic novels, and YA Beyer s debut offers something to each of these genres individually, but also unites them in a unique and interesting way

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