The cult Swedish graphic novel that inspired the critically acclaimed Lukas Moodysson film We Are the Best Coco, Klara and Mathilda have known each other since primary school, where they met in Folk Dancing class Now they re almost teenagers, and their anarchist ideals and dreams of forming a world beating punk band set them apart from the other girls at school They caThe cult Swedish graphic novel that inspired the critically acclaimed Lukas Moodysson film We Are the Best Coco, Klara and Mathilda have known each other since primary school, where they met in Folk Dancing class Now they re almost teenagers, and their anarchist ideals and dreams of forming a world beating punk band set them apart from the other girls at school They can t play any instruments, practice with pillows and pans, and keep getting told that punk is dead But they re not going to let any of those things get in their way Published in English for the first time, Never Goodnight is a hilarious and life affirming memoir that will remind you that all you need in life is your best friends, a can of hairspray and three guitar chords.
About a year ago, my family and I found this Swedish movie called "We Are The Best!" on Netflix and decided to give it a try. The film, which is about a trio of teenage girls who decide to start a punk band, immediately became one of my favorites. It's funny, it's heartfelt, and the three young main actresses are absolutely wonderful. After seeing the movie, I was excited to find out that it was based on this graphic novelâ€“â€“titled Never Goodnight. I finally got around to reading it, and I en [...]
The Swedish graphic novel that inspired Lukas Moodysson's film â€˜We Are the Best!â€™ which I tend to think would be better than this memoir. It was first published in Swedish on 2008, and was released recently this year (2015) in English. It's pretty fun, the story of how Moodyson and her two friends grew up moving from Swedish folk dancing to an interest in punk. They work hard especially on getting the hair right, of course. They dream in that spacy teenaged way of forming a punk band, but th [...]
I really, really want to read this but obviously the language may make things difficut as the only words I (think I) know in Swedish are ones that look similar to German, which may or may not actually mean completely different things and as my German is now pretty terrible that probably still won't even be helpful in the slightest But the film of this was amazing, so I'm hoping for a translation at some point (or a bilingual swedish friend who wants to read me the book).
Ugly-cute: the only description of adolescence, and also the spirit and look of this naive graphic novel about Swedish misfit girls. The movie adaptation "We Are The Best!" is deeper, not to mention the movie that has made me laugh the most, but the source is good too.
12-year-old Coco lives with her divorced mother and her 17-year-old sister Magda. Their mumâ€™s a bit of a party animal and gives the girls a lot of freedom. Cocoâ€™s best friend since third grade is Klara. Klaraâ€™s big sister Matilda (her age is never given but itâ€™s implied sheâ€™s very close in age) often hangs out with them, and the three of them have decided to start a punk band. None of them can play an instrument but itâ€™s punk, so that doesnâ€™t matter.The story is about female friend [...]
Look, it's weird, okay? Never Goodnight is a Swedish graphic novel recently translated into English. It's about three girl friends growing up in 1980s Sweden who want to be in a punk band. But they're only 11/12 years old so mostly they play on pillows, pots, and pans. They do normal young people things and dream about being in a successful punk band. At the end of the day, it's really about adolescence and female friendship which are things I enjoy reading about quite a bit.The art style fits t [...]
I don't really know what to say on this. Someone else called it ugly-cute and I think that's an apt description. It is undeniably cute, as children so often are. But It is also ugly. The drawing style is corse, the characters lumpy and lopsided with a tendency to be shown on the toilet or in other cringe-worthy positions. But it's about three female, punk tweens in 1982 Sweden. Nothing about them is frilly or girly or pretty and it's not supposed to be. In fact, this is a lot of what the book is [...]
This was quite cute and enjoyable. Really reminded me of being in my early teens, getting into punk music, and wanting a bass guitar more than anything. A quirky art style, and dialogue that sometimes broke through the fourth wall. It reminded me of a lot of the graphic novels I picked up this past semester for a graphic novel course, and I think anyone who enjoyed Walter Scott's Wendy might enjoy picking up this one too.
"RIKTIGA PUNKARE GÃ…R INTE PÃ… SCOUTERNA!"
Thoroughly enjoyable, grasps the essence of what it may have felt like to be a thirteen-year-old punk girl in the early eighties, even though I have no means to cross-reference the rhetoric. Regardless, it felt true and honest, really immersive, wish there were more of it.It may seem a bit contradictory, but the movie felt a bit more coherent, had much more of an arch to it. But life doesn't always have an arch or any direction whatsoever.
i think coco is me and i am coco. it is kind of sad haha her mood after coming home after meeting those punk boys is literally my WHOLE LIFE
punk rock graphic novel pretty cool art
I'm not sure why I didn't love this as much as other 'coming of age' books, and I think it's because we get the glorious awkwardness of middle school; where you want to be good at something without really wanting to work for it; where you like other people but you don't know how to deal with that; and you are constantly defining the world in tiny us vs them, usually based off whether they like the same things as you.I think some of it is the truthful but unflattering vision of myself at that age [...]
After watching the movie adaptation, We Are the Best!, I feel like I can review this graphic memoir with some finality. For what it's worth, I liked the movie a lot more.I think my big problem (besides that I hated the art style) was the lack of a central plot. And I understand: life doesn't always have a plot. But if you make the choice to adapt your coming of age story into a book, you have to be able to flesh out some of the non-essential aspects of your upbringing. Maybe it made the story fe [...]
I don't know why, but I thought I was going to love this and I didn't. There's something I just don't understand about teenage angst. It's like I experienced it, but I was battling such bigger issues then some cute boy so it really just doesn't jive with me. I was also very uncomfortable about how Coco treated the gay characters in the book. I don't know if it's alright to use a derragatory term for gay people and other them or it was just Sweden in the 80's but I didn't like it at all. Also if [...]
I received this graphic novel in my November Landfallfreight subscription. Lol firstly I just want to point out that the cover art reminds me of Angela Anaconda lol. I wasn't the biggest fan of this book, I thought it was a bit odd especially since he characters were 12 & 13 and went to parties and got drunk. Does that happen in real life? Also was anyone else weirded out that they girls slept naked? Or without shirts because I was haha. I don't know I just didn't get it.
Three almost teenagers living in Sweden in the 80s this book was fun to read. Now I need to go find out about the movie!
2.5 stars. Wasn't a fan of the art style and a lot of the Swedish 80s references were lost on me.
Fun to read, but I feel like there's something missing to the story #landfallfreight
Enjoyed this, preferred the film - "We Are The Best!" (amazing film) - but was good to go back to the source material; I believe this was just recently translated given the success of the movie
Lost in translation or not my cup of tea. I don't know which but this for sure was not for me. I received it in my Landfall subscription box and it was an epic fail.
I am so warm after finishing this. What a wonderful reminder of just how great your best buddies are.
I was really put off by the art style, and just never really felt connected to the characters.
(But the movie is better.)
A fun story, but I preferred the movie version (We Are the Best!).
Three stars for rarity, though I can't say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
A slice of life graphic novel about teen punk girls in Sweden forming a band.
twelvies starting a punk band in the 80s. nice.