Rob Price
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2018 November 16 • Friday

Andrew Rostan has written the story of what seems like a lonely and alienated childhood, adolescence and young adulthood in a graphic novel memoir called Form of a Question, which has fluid and engaging artwork by Kate Kasenow, who might deserve to be considered a co-author, as is often the case in writer/artist collaborations.

The action jumps around in time and considers two of Rostan's quests, one to be a contestant on Jeopardy! and the other to build meaningful and intimate relationships with people he finds himself drawn to.

He tells you upfront not to expect a triumphant climax in which he's an undefeated champion on his favorite game show. The point of the book is more about struggle, confusion fear, uncertainty and the ups and downs of human existence.

It's a quick read but there are lots of details to admire, particularly Kasenow's renderings of Boston.