I said it once, I've said it again: Mal is a master of teenage, female angst. Which, I suppose is sorta strange when Mal happens to be a tall Korean-Canadian male. ;-) In this delightful graphic novel, Mal delves into his inner-femme and talks about the percarious bridge between youth and adulthood. His cutesy anime-esque style only serves to emphasize this transition. It's not quite messy, but it's not quite clean either. Fan-freaking-tastic. Some people may not get the book merely because they haven't had similar experiences happen in their lives. Also, the narration occasionally makes a turn for melo-drama, in a soap-opera kind of way, and he tries occasionally to make things seem deeper than it may actually be (though, it could be argued that is how all teenage women treat events in their lives, thus the direction is waranted); but, the steady, consistent feel and interesting character interactions make up for it.
But, if you believe in first loves, unexpected friendships, and the realization it's OK to be scared, to be stupid, to make mistakes, to break away from childhood, to make peace with fate, and that everything will turn out well in the end... read this novel. Because, not only is it pretty, it's also true.