Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown


Rating: 8.5/10

I had never heard of this book until I was browsing the shelves of my local library. For some reason it appealed to me so I checked it out, and I am so glad that I did. I actually found this work to be rather brilliant and completely relatable to anyone who has had a relationship that just didn’t work out.

Some readers may be turned off by the art since it is very simplistic and unpolished. However, that’s the point. This story is about two young people in their 20’s who fall in love and the art helps to depict their youth and naivety. Jeffrey Brown does a great job of making sure that the art depicts this at all times.

The story itself is highly accurate. Having gone through a relationship much like this one, I could completely relate to the characters. This all at once made me a little sad but also happy when it got me to think back on the good times I had.

The book is made up of a bunch of little defining moments in the relationship that are sometimes told out of order. Also, by defining moments, I don’t mean all of them were major game changing moments in their relationship. Many of the times depicted in the book are just small things that happen on a daily basis that have their own way of defining a relationship; those little conversations that made both of you laugh, the cute moments that made you feel so fortunate to have found that person, and the little spats that are spattered about in any relationship. All of them are included in this book, and many of them are highly telling of the characters themselves and the future of their relationship.

Ultimately, this relationship ends, but not in a nasty “I’m never going to talk to them again” way. It simply peters out. And while not as scarring as the yelling and hateful break-ups that sometimes happen, it is still affecting. Everyone has had this relationship. One day, you love the other person to the ends of the earth, the next it all just seems like a tired routine, and Brown captures this feeling really well.

Sometimes, relationships just don’t work and while it may seem that love is an impossible thing to hold on to, we have to remember that it doesn’t mean that you didn’t really love each other, you did, it just wasn’t the kind that lasted.

This book is a great depiction of the love that is simply lost and how sometimes, there’s nothing that can really be done about it. Sometimes it just happens. I would recommend this book to anyone who has gone through this type of relationship. Even though it may bring up some sad memories it will also bring the happy ones, and in the end, you just feel a since of nostalgia and maybe a little thankfulness for having had that person in your life, because even though it didn’t work out, you still learned a lot from it, and that makes all the difference.


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