I do hope that your week is going great. So far it is going a little slow. It is hard to start the week after a short little break, but the break was needed and I am all rest up to begin some new adventures.
The graphic novel that I will quickly talk about today is Blankets by Craig Thompson. It is a memoir focusing on life growing up and first love.
I ended up giving this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. I loved the artwork and the story, but not enough to have a desire to shove it in your face and make you read it.
There were only two points that I did not enjoy about the book. The first problem that I had with the story is that it took me a while to get into. I was several pages into the book and I was trying to figure out what all the hype was about. In fact, I do believe that the book has been over hyped. The other problem that I had with the book was the depressing theme of the book. I realize now that it is mostly a personal problem, but I felt that the book was making the theme of first love and the idea of growing up a very depressing and it sucked. There are a lot of other themes throughout the book, but my first reaction about the tone of these themes was just depressing.
However, there were many things that I enjoyed about this graphic novel. the first one is the artwork. I am not a huge fan of black and white, but I loved the style and how Thompson made the panels powerful and dramatic. It really fit in being able to tell the story, and I could not have image another way to tell this memoir. I also enjoyed how Thompson put layers into his story so that the past and the present were together in one scene connecting each other. There were many scene in which he would talk about high school and show his childhood or just explain a part of the story just like he was there. In addition, I also liked how the book ended. Being a memoir, there was no final ending, but he did ended it upbeat with new possibilities and possible new stories to tell and share in the future. Finally, I also enjoyed the many themes that played throughout this book. I also enjoyed how he showed both sides of the sword and not played certain themes that are usually light, as dark and how it can affect a person. I know that I mentioned that I did not like the negative tone in the book, but I did enjoyed the fact that Thompson did not sugar-coated either, with also played a powerful part in telling his story.
In the end, I do recommend this book to everyone. It is a good story to read, but I don’t want to thrust the book into your hands and make you read it right now. It is one of those book that is good to have and to read it eventually, like on a rainy day. I will post some pictures of some of the pages below to give you a sneak peek of what you will see when you read the graphic novel.
I do hope that you enjoyed this review, and that your week is going great. I cannot wait to see you again. Happy Reading!