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Read for the Graphic Novels Challenge
When we were young, my little brother Phil and I shared the same bed.
This is one I picked up because I’d seen positive mentions on a few blogs, I think Nymeth’s post was the one that prompted the purchase. So it came with a little bit of hype. That being said, I don’t really read reviews before I read a book, just skim the opening paragraph for a sense of what the reviewer thought of the book, so I wasn’t all hyped out. And Blankets did live up to those positive reviews.
Blankets is basically a graphic coming-of-age memoir. It starts off with Craig and his younger brother sharing a bed, arguing over it and constantly fighting, in the manner of siblings. And it continues all through his first real love. And we also get a hint of what happens next with the final section. And it is just beautifully told. Both the illustration and the words work wonderfully together.
It was a surprisingly big book. But at the same time it is a quick read. I read it in two sessions on the train. Hiding some of the dirty bits so people wouldn’t think I was reading porn ;)
I don’t want to give anything at all away about this book. I’ll just echo Nymeth’s plea that if you haven’t read this yet, off you go and pick it up. You won’t regret it. It is a lovely, touching, and funny take on life, religion, and the whole growing up thing people go through.