MINI REVIEWS: Honor Girl & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

TITLE: Honor Girl Related image
AUTHOR: Maggie Thrash
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When 15 year old Maggie goes to an all girls camp like she does every year she didn’t expect to get a crush on a camp counselor, especially on a girl.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | LGBTQ+ | Memoir
RATING: 4/5

This is a graphic memoir about a girl coming out and realizing she has a crush on a camp counselor older than her. Yes, realizing she’s gay is a major part of the book, but it’s also about the excitement, disappointments, nerves, and in this case the confusion that comes with first crushes. . My favorites moments  were the times she wasn’t sure of herself or what she should do, but only because it’s something I think everyone has gone through. I also like that she takes time to think about the repercussions of liking a girl, like the backlash they might get from it because that’s still a very present problem for people who are not ready to come out. Nowadays, there’s a lot of representation and stories about good coming out stories, but that hasn’t always been the case. However, it’s also nice that she doesn’t truly try to hide her feelings from herself and just accepts her attraction to Erin.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but I did not love the art style. I don’t know if it was done on purpose, or if Thrash wanted to do it all on her own and didn’t want to have anyone, but the art style is simplistic. It’s kinda messy and not in a funny ironic way like in Hyperbole and Half by Allie Brosh.

 

TITLE: Lumberjanes Image result for lumberjanes vol 1
AUTHOR: Noelle Stevenson
ILLUSTRATORS: Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A group of girls in summer camp encounter strange events.
VOLUME: 1, Beware the Kitten Holy
GENRE: Graphic Novel |
RATING: 3/5

The first volume in this comic series gave me Paper Girls and Gravity Falls vibes, but unlike the comic and show it doesn’t seem to have much plot development. Right now as it stands, I don’t see how all these strange events are related to each other. I imagine that the next couple of volumes will continue to explore these strange events, but if I can’t see the thread that brings it all together, I will lose interest very soon.

The main characters all seem to have their unique personalities, but none of which I was a fan of. In fact, the only character I actually liked was the camp counselor. Maybe it’s because I’m growing older but I have a deep appreciation for adult figures who are trying their best to do the right thing. Too bad she doesn’t form part of the core group.

As for the art, I thought it was good solid work. I like that some scenes don’t require any text to figure out what is happening in the pages.

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Reading Wrap Up: July 2018

July was not a great month for reading, in fact I barely read anything. It was a busy month between quitting job, applying for new jobs, and getting old jobs again. Not to mention I graduated at the end of the month, there’s a wedding coming soon (not mine), hopefully a new and better job, and not to mention the general stress all of these new life changes create.

All of which caused a major reading slump for the majority of the month. It wasn’t until the last week of July that I actually started reading again and finished four books. Sounds like a lot but it isn’t, not when half of them have pictures in them and one of them was an audiobook.

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Monthly Reading Wrap Up: June 2018

I’m a bit late on this wrap up, but like people say, better later than never knowing what I read for June… Oh wait that’s not what people say, but here’s my wrap up anyway!

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5 of My Favorite Graphic Novel Memoirs and Biographies

Normally, I don’t read non fiction. I don’t really read memoirs, autobiographies, or biographies. I have nothing against them, I just find them weirdly intimidating. Maybe that’s why I’ve resorted to watching documentaries, podcasts, biographical movies, and graphic novels.

Yes, I said graphic novels. They can be just as insightful and detailed as any biography or memoir, plus they have pictures.

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BOOK REVIEW: Fun Home by Allison Bechdel

TITLE: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Related image
AUTHOR: Allison Bechdel
ILLUSTRATOR: Allison Bechdel
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: In the wake of her father’s death and her coming out, Allison discovers her dad was gay which prompts her to journey in trying to understand him better.
GENRE: Coming of Age | Memoir | Graphic Novel | LGBT+ | Non Fiction
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: There’s a couple of graphic sex scenes depicted in this book. This has also been turned into a Broadway musical of the same name.
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