“It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth” by Zoe Thorogood

Audrey recommends: It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth by Zoe Thorogood

Genre: Graphic novel memoir

Reading level: YA to adult

Summary: Zoe, in the throes of a quarter-life crisis, uses cartoons and storytelling to reframe how she views her life.

Audrey says: This short volume obliterates the limits of what a graphic novel can do and what art is for. Comics are how Zoe makes sense of the world around her: adding structure, finding narrative, changing perspective, and starting over from the beginning. Zoe draws herself in many different forms: a teenage loser, a cutesy cartoon, a barely-sketched outline, sometimes even a worm. She exists as both character and author on the page, arguing against her own narration. If you also stumble across questions like “what am I doing?” and “what’s the point?”, you won’t necessarily find answers here, but you will find someone who knows the journey it takes to answer them.

This title is available at Foster Public Library.