The Road to God Knows... an Original Graphic Novel about Hope, Friendship, Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, and a Young Teenage Girl Coping with Her Lif by Von Allan

The Road to God Knows... an Original Graphic Novel about Hope, Friendship, Mental Illness…

byVon AllanIllustratorVon Allan

Paperback | October 8, 2009

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The road to god knows... is the story of Marie, a teenage girl coming to grips with her Mom's schizophrenia. As a result, she's struggling to grow up fast; wrestling with poverty, loneliness, and her Mom's illness every step of the way.Betty, Marie's Mom, can't help; she's living with an illness that's slowly getting worse and increasingly frightening, and she just doesn't have the resources left over at the end of the day to help Marie. With her Mom absorbed in her own problems, Marie is essentially alone while she learns to deal with the chaos in her young life.Marie's youth makes it that much harder for her to cope - as a teenager, she just doesn't have the life experience to feel confident about her decisions. At the start of the story, we see a scared young girl, uncertain and overwhelmed, but as Betty collapses into a full nervous breakdown, Marie is forced to examine herself and her life and come to a decision: does she continue to be a child, reacting to what's happening around her? Or does she take control of her life, come what may?

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Title:The Road to God Knows... an Original Graphic Novel about Hope, Friendship, Mental Illness…Format:PaperbackDimensions:148 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.34 inPublished:October 8, 2009Publisher:Von Allan StudioLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0978123700

ISBN - 13:9780978123703

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 10

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Midwest Book Review:  “The teenage years are hard, and having a schizophrenic mother does not help that. The Road to God Knows... is the coming of age story of one Marie, a teenage girl faced with her single mother's increasingly complex schizophrenia. Forced to grow up before her time, she learns many important lessons. The Road to God Knows... is an intriguing and touching graphic novel with a unique art style, highly recommended.”Wired.com: "For teens, Marie’s struggle will resonate whether they’re dealing with a problem as severe as she is or not. Marie’s uncertain about her place in life. She’s having trouble with the other kids at school and a hostile teacher. It’s the rare teen who doesn’t know what that feels like.  What I liked most is that despite her mother’s illness and all the problems that come with it, Marie is essentially an optimistic individual. She’s still capable of joy and having fun with her friend despite the uncertainty in her life. It’s a good message to anyone that it’s possible to survive the dark periods."American Library Association's Booklist: “Marie is the fat girl neither peers nor teachers care enough about to really know. She has a golden best friend, one whose little sister looks up to her, and for escapist heroics she follows pro wrestling, which provides relief from the reality of having a schizophrenic mother. Allan sensitively makes Marie the focus of her own story, never preaching to readers or relaying more knowledge than Marie gleans on her own...Allan is realistic about schizophrenia, too, including the dopey condition of a just-medicated patient. Good for those interested in mental-health issues as they relate to families, and also in girl spirit.”Small Press Book Reviews:  “With The Road to God Knows… Von Allan demonstrates that he’s talented as both an artist and a storyteller. The Ottawa he conjures is beautifully and lovingly detailed — on par, perhaps, with the London of Dickens or the Cleveland of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. Stylistically, I’m also reminded of Black Hole by Charles Burns and Sloth (among other things) by Gilbert Hernandez. Regardless of his artistic influences, however, what’s clear throughout this graphic novel is that Allan is an optimist who strives to explore the human heart in all of its intricate complexity.”