Refresh, Refresh

Refresh, Refresh

A Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2009
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Constantly looking forward to the day their fathers will come back from serving in the war in Iraq, Josh, Cody, and Gordon do their best to make the right decisions on their own when faced with difficult circumstances in the small, hopeless town they call home.

McMillan Palgrave

Fathers, sons, and the war that comes between them.

There's nothing Josh, Cody, and Gordon want more than their fathers home safely from the war in Iraq -- unless it's to get out of their dead-end town. Refresh, Refresh is the story of three teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation and their struggle to make hard decisions with no role models to follow; to discover the possibilities for the future when all the doors are slamming in their faces; and to believe their fathers will come home alive so they can be boys again.



Publisher: New York ; London : First Second, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596435223
1596435224
Branch Call Number: GN REFRESH
PN6727.N68 R44 2009
Characteristics: 138 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm

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PimaLib_ArturoM Jan 25, 2016

Not many graphic novels try to tackle the perspective of these less traditional victims of war. Tough to read at times, this story stays real and raw and describes the teen's physical attempts to deal with their emotions.

JCLChrisK Aug 05, 2014

War is destructive and leaves ruins in its wake. This is a story of war making ruins of the lives of the families that soldiers have left behind as those families struggle to deal with the emptiness--both practical (empty bank accounts) and emotional (the constant, gnawing anxiety)--of their absences. It focuses specifically on three teen boys in a small town in rural Oregon who do their best to cope and fill the voids, but find themselves making bad decisions as often as not. Boys will be boys is problematic enough, but boys trying to be men before they are ready is potentially disastrous. Yet I couldn't help but feel for them--and with them--even as I cringed. Effective, poignant storytelling.

Mark_Daly Jul 23, 2013

The awkward title doesn't capture the strengths of this affecting story. A persuasive portrayal of adolescent male longing, fear and rage, in a well-drawn rural Oregon setting.

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steviemi
Jan 04, 2011

Refresh Refresh is about three teen friends that deal with the absence of their fathers that are fighting in the war. They indulge in rituals of boxing and drinking to strengthen their spirits during the uncertainty of their futures. The ending wraps up the whole story in a way that is sad and speaks to the larger issues of how small towns get sucked into military lifestyles, producing one generation after the other ready to fight .

"When school let out, we went to my backyard to fight. We were trying to make each other tougher. If you stepped out of the ring, you lost. If you cried, you lost. If you got knocked out or you yelled stop, you lost.

It was cody's idea that we should fight each other. He wanted to be read. He wanted to hurt those that hurt him. And if he went down, he would go down swinging, as he was sure his father would.

This is what we wanted to do to please our fathers, to make them proud --- even though they left us"

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Jan 14, 2011

"When school let out, we went to my backyard to fight. We were trying to make each other tougher. If you stepped out of the ring, you lost. If you cried, you lost. If you got knocked out or you yelled stop, you lost.

It was cody's idea that we should fight each other. He wanted to be read. He wanted to hurt those that hurt him. And if he went down, he would go down swinging, as he was sure his father would.

This is what we wanted to do to please our fathers, to make them proud --- even though they left us" -- from the opening pages

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