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In this autobiographical graphic novel, Craig Thompson describes his first love, his childhood relationship with his brother, and his loss of faith.
I think there’s something in this graphic novel that everyone can relate to. Whether it’s the rush of falling in love for the first time, the bullies at school, or the tangled relationship with a sibling, Craig’s experiences, while unique, are also universal. I know that doesn’t make sense, but there you go. It was a bit cathartic for me to watch him working them out.
Every frame rang true. His fights with his brother over the blankets in the wintertime. His isolation at school. His relief at finding other loners at church camp. The first infatuation and later love.
I love the artwork. They show more of what Craig is feeling than the words do. The black and white pictures fit the stark feeling of this story, which mostly takes place in the winter.
I know there’s more, but I’ve waited too long to review this book. It’s a lovely graphic novel. Just read it.
I picked this up after reading Aths’ awesome review over at Reading on a Rainy Day.
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