Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride

something newSomething New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Memoir, Adult, Wedding, Family, Modern Life, Relationships


A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding…. The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion.


I feel like I should buy Lucy Knisley a drink.

(In Canada though, because I couldn’t buy one in the US.)

My, what an emotional couple of years she’s had, before and after John proposed to her. Planning a wedding is hard, of course, but like many others, Lucy doesn’t realize just how hard, stressful and time-consuming it is before needing to plan one of her own.

Get ready for the whole story though. Lucy does not illustrate her wedding alone. No, she goes back to the beginning. She talks about her life before John, how she met him, how he broke her heart, how he made it whole again… and more!

I’m surprised this author hasn’t written a novel yet. This book is basically what I would imagine a graphic adaptation of a written memoir would look like, because the writing/narration is a hundred times more important than the illustrations.


It’s more about her thinking process than the action itself. For example, when she talks about choosing a dress, she explains her personal choices and needs in a clear manner and at length. So when it comes to the act of her trying dresses and finding the right dress, it feels more like her thinking process coming to an end than what we have been waiting to see all along.

But I liked that. Sometimes it does get long. I’ll warn you: it is slow, because the author has a lot to say. However, that’s what makes this a memoir as opposed to a simple story. She is commenting on her past behaviors, choices and feelings. This makes us understand her better. Because I became familiar with her personality, I was actually genuinely happy for her when she found the right dress. I agreed that it was a perfect fit for her.

Very insightful, well-illustrated and personal. Eager to read more from this author!


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