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Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22
by MariNaomi

ISBN 978-0-06-200923-4
Published by Harper Perennial, September 2011
Buy it from HarperCollins.

Winner of the 2012 SPACE Prize

About the Book

In this fresh and offbeat graphic memoir, MariNaomi chronicles her time
as a misfit teen and young woman looking for love in San Francisco,
while bringing to light issues of identity and sexuality.

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Praise for Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22

MariNaomi is a true original. This sometimes harrowing tale of young love
made me rock with laughter and wince with sympathetic mortification.

—Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City

Kiss & Tell gets love, sex and everything in between exactly right.
Reading MariNaomi's graphic memoir is like reading my own
childhood journal—if my journal were extremely funny and well drawn.

—Amy Bryant, author of Polly

Despite offering an abundance of convenient stopping points, Kiss
& Tell
insists on not being put down until you
ve read every sordid
detail. MariNaomi
s romantic resume is extensive and messy, but
it's a funny and rewarding wreck to watch.

—Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy and Funny Misshapen Body

This book isnt merely a laundry list of men that Mari has dated
over the years; it
s the earnest story of a young womans
tumultuous, hilarious and heartbreaking youth. It
s also smart,
funny, original and compulsively readable.

—Julia Wertz, author of Drinking at the Movies and The Fart Party


Reviews of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22

The books charm lies in MariNaomis amused and loving
perspective on her curious, tough, occasionally foolish younger
self: she knows she may have misunderstood the dynamics of her
relationships, but she can still evoke the intensity of her feelings.

—Douglas Wolk, The New York Times

Girlish innocence and disarming candor mark this graphic memoir.
Whether she
s writing about threesomes, foursomes or the
possibility of moresomes, MariNaomi exudes a sweetness undefiled
by experience.... Though there are some dark interludes, this is
ultimately a celebration of a girl
s life, from larva to wings.
Kirkus Reviews

Picaresque, but down-to-earth, Kiss & Tell winningly marries its
spare, gestural, black-and-white style to its capricious though
thoughtful tone. The soulfulness and even loneliness she expresses
is all hers.

Boston Globe

Lets hear it for a sexual coming-of-age that, for all its bumps,
t about victimology and regret. In Kiss & Tell, MariNaomi
outlines in bold, woodblock-style graphic nonfiction just how a girl
does it in this day and age.

ELLE Magazine

MariNaomi succeeds in documenting the genuine transformation of
a confused young girl into a self-aware woman. She is honest
about her mistakes... She effectively shies away from a pity party
or woe-is-me girlhood. Her frankness...makes the book painfully
and embarrassingly relatable. It
s a quick read but packed with
wisdom and raw experience.

BUST Magazine

“Though it can be a painful readwho wants to be reminded of
mistakes they made at 15
—MariNaomis honesty and humor make
it absolutely compelling.

USA Today, Pop Candy

Reads like a Tales of the City for Generation X.
San Francisco Chronicle

Fearless, funny, tender, unsparing... SFs own MariNaomi shows
us how it
s done.
SF Weekly

A good-humored and bracingly honest memoir.
Seattle Weekly

If youre looking for an artfully constructed book about how we
develop as sexual beings, you
ll be riveted.
The Stranger

Never flinching from the down and dirty details of what went on
with all these guys (and, eventually, girls), the author gives a
refreshing and poignant look at early sexual experience and
romance, including the actually dirty, the tragic, and the

Publishers Weekly

This book is a beautiful example of where the graphic art movement is
heading, to subversive narratives that ponder life while breaking all the rules.
Accessiblity, humor, and self-deprecating wit are at the heart of these
works, and MariNaomi accomplishes all those in spades, as well as
doing a fabulous job of mixing in some San Francisco sex positivity
to boot. Go out and buy this for the young person in your life that's
sick of being talked down to, but be sure to throw in some earplugs
for yourself. You may be hearing from their parents. And that process
is what will make this chronicle forever a treasured tome of teen

The California Journal of Women Writers

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Read a deleted excerpt from Kiss & Tell at Howlarium: Undead Darlings #1

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