5) Ghost World, by Daniel Clowes
Catching up now on the books I have read in the last week (a mere half dozen, with several others started if not finished). Another character study from Clowes; I love his drawing style, and his individual moments, but he doesn’t always put them together to great effect, and this is an example: two teenage girls, leaving school, bitch about their neighbours and each other to no real conclusion. He almost writes himself in as a character but doesn’t follow through. The one element of tension – Will Rebecca go away for university, or not? – seems to fizzle out. Apparently this was made into a film; the mind boggles.