Drawn and Quarterly, 2014
Over Easy is a brilliant portrayal of a familiar coming-of-age story. After being denied financial aid to cover her last year of art school, Margaret finds salvation from the straightlaced world of college and the earnestness of both hippies and punks in the wisecracking, fast-talking, drug-taking group she encounters at the Imperial Café, where she makes the transformation from Margaret to Madge. At first she mimics these new and exotic grown-up friends, trying on the guise of adulthood with some awkward but funny stumbles. Gradually she realizes that the adults she looks up to are a mess of contradictions, misplaced artistic ambitions, sexual confusion, dependencies, and addictions.
I chose to read this one because it had an amazing review. To me, it was so-so. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I had hoped it was more of a biography and less of a fictional story. Most importantly, the author felt like a weak character to me. It wasn’t about her, it was about everyone around her. I wanted to see her life more than everyone else’s at the restaurant - but it seemed like even Margaret was more interested in others’ lives than her own. Even though I know that she had a small success at the end, I wanted to see her overall success, not just a step in the right direction. On the other hand, I felt like the author captured the time period and different cultures well. Also, as the story went on I thought that something might happen between her and Lazlo, but nothing ever did with him or anyone else interesting. It was disappointing.
It was just ok.