MOTIVATION for READING: For the Graphic Novel selection of the Twenty in Ten Challenge. I borrowed from my friend Ree from book club.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: First love, coming of age, struggles with the ideas of religion and family.
Can I just say that I did enjoy this book but I felt it had abrupt chapter changes? I think this suffered – for me – from the weight of too heavy expectations. I am extremely impressed with the talent of the author. I appreciated the sharing, I felt the pain and loneliness, I am glad to have read/experienced this; but I am not over-the-top gushy about it. (again, NOT that I didn’t love it, … sigh)
I will, however, point you to many a-favorable review from bloggers whose opinions I reverently respect:
Jenny’s Mumsy at Jenny’s Books, Nymeth’s things mean a lot, Chris @ Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, Bart’s Bookshelf, Lu at Regular Ruminations, Melody’s Reading Corner, The Zen Leaf, Aarti from BookLust, and Kim that Sophisticated Dork.
Reading and re-reading the posts from the links above makes me wonder if my heart was placed in the freezer just before I opened this illustrated novel. Actually, the last few ‘moving’ books (Watership Down, Ethan Frome) which are supposed to be water-works inducing, failed to provoke any tears whatsoever. SO. Perhaps it is mood and I haven’t been sensitive enough of late. Please don’t hold it against me. (I can only imagine Nymeth’s severe disappointment in me right now!) Perhaps I just suck at self-evaluation and understanding what and why I like a book. I will soon be re-reading The Book Thief, a favorite of mine (read for the first time just last year) so let’s see if I cry this time. I love to cry with books. I’ll let you know.
Feel free to leave a link to your review and/or share your thoughts here. AND, leave me a recommendation for another Graphic Novel that maybe I might want to read — just don’t tell me I must.
RATING: Three slices of pie.