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When this was first published in 2003, it won every award the comic world gives out (the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz) and for good reason. Kim's (The Eternal Smile) well-paced graphic novel stands out for his well-rounded, likable characters; sharp, realistic dialog; and pleasant, cinematic drawing style. The adventure centers on Simon and Nancy, two aimless twentysomethings struggling to cope with transitions in their lives and various missed opportunities, including a high school lie Simon still dwells upon with unresolved regret. Nancy, meanwhile, has been responding to letters of unrequited love, addressed to the former tenant of her new apartment. When the two track down the letter writer in Pacifica, CA, the lessons they learn are both sweet and poignant. Verdict This wonderful work, now in a deluxe edition from First Second, will appeal to a wide audience. It is also a perfect choice to hand to a first-time graphic novel reader interested in the best the medium has to offer. Highly recommended.-John Piche, MLIS, San Francisco (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.