Graphic novels! I’m hooked and I can’t seem to get off of them. They are so quick to read, plus filled with so many diverse characters. I kid you not, I’ve encountered many more diverse characters in the handful of graphic novels that I’ve read over the past few weeks than any of the novels I’ve been working through (with the exception of The Born Free’s of course). Sadly I only managed to get through one book completely this week, but I am well on my way to finishing my other two books.
The one book that I did get through was Drama by Raina Telgemeier. I was drawn to this book because I like all things acting, and this book did not disappoint. The book follows 7th grader Callie as her middle school prepares to put on their very own performance of “Moon over Mississippi.” Callie loves all things drama, but unfortunately she was blessed with a singing voice. Instead, she determines to make the props and set for the show the absolute best anyone has ever seen. This book focuses on awkward crushes, friendship, and trying to navigate the waters between both as a 7th grader.
Pros: This book prominently displays several diverse characters. It’s main claim to diversity is that one (or more) of the characters is openly gay, or on the way to becoming openly gay. Although Callie isn’t the gay character she does befriend and help make these characters into the stars of the show. There is a lot in here about being open to other’s and building each other up. There is also a lot about relationships. There is heartbreak, and confusion, and maybe relationships, some tears, and some laughs as Callie and her friends try to figure out just what it means to have a crush or even date for that matter.
Cons: Callie meets two brothers (twins) at the beginning of the book, and I’ll be honest it was really hard for me to tell which one was talking sometimes. In fact, I often got their character traits messed up. Their names also both start with J so that doesn’t help much either. Now, I’m not going to dock this book because I wasn’t able to keep the characters straight, but I will warn you that it can get a bit confusing at times. Other than that I can’t really think of anything that really turned me away, or made me question this book.
Overall, I loved this book. It’s funny and quirky with the right amount of reality sprinkled into the story. I’d highly suggest reading it. FYI I did just turn it in to the library today, so you might want to wait a little bit before rushing to get it. Also, you’ll never see the ending coming.
I’ve also been reading Deadline by Chris Crutcher and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson so far both books are great, and I can’t wait to tell you all about them next week! Happy reading everyone 🙂