Review – French Milk by Lucy Knisley

Title: French Milk

Author: Lucy Knisley

Star Rating: * ½

Genre: Graphic memoir/travelogue

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French Milk is about Lucy Knisley’s month-long trip to Paris when she was 22. It is meant to be both a travelogue, as well a series of ruminations on the transition to adulthood. Unfortunately, the book does neither particularly well.

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Review – The Night Wanderer Graphic Novel by Drew Taylor

Title: The Night Wanderer

Authors: Drew Hayden Taylor (Author), Alison Kooistra (Adaptor), Mike Wyatt (Illustrator)

Star Rating: * * * *

Genre: Graphic Novel, Indigenous Narrative, Paranormal

NOTE: Review copy obtained via NetGalley

Cover - The Night Wanderer

Synopsis

Pierre L’Errant is an Anishinabe man who has been away from home for centuries. When the desire to come back becomes too much to bear, he flies to Otter Lake to deal with his inner demons. However, when he arrives, he finds himself embroiled in the problems of the family that he is staying with. Tiffany, the teenager of the house, is struggling. Her parents are separated, her boyfriend isn’t treating her well, her grades are dropping at school, and her dad refuses to understand her difficulties. By intervening, Pierre not only helps Tiffany start to sort through her issues, but he comes to a conclusion about his own struggles.

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Review – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Title: Not a Drop to Drink

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Star Rating: * * *

Genre: Dystopia/Post-apocalyptic, Young Adult

Cover - Not a Drop to Drink

Synopsis

Lynn’s entire life has been focused on protecting her pond no matter what the cost. After all, people can live without a lot of things, but water is essential to staying alive, and there isn’t a lot of this precious resource left. For years, Lynn and her mother have dedicated their life to survival, rejecting almost all other human contact. However, when Lynn’s mother dies in a terrible accident, Lynn faces a choice between trying to survive on her own or finally letting down her barriers and accepting help from others. But who can she trust when all she has ever known is fear and isolation?

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Review – It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken by Seth

Title: It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken

Author: Seth

Genre: Semi-autobiographical graphic novel

Stars: *

Cover - It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken

It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken is a graphic novel that came highly recommended. If one searches “top graphic novel lists”, Seth’s piece is a common addition. Plus, it was one of Drawn and Quarterly’s bestselling books, and I usually love what this publishing company produces. Combined with the fact that the story takes place in Canada and deals with the coming of age of a disaffected twenty-something, I figured that this graphic novel would be a staple of my library. As it turns out, I loathed it. I hated the story, the characters, and the overall themes (though the art is really quite nice). Even after reading the reviews of other people to see if I missed something and giving myself a lengthy period of time to contemplate my thoughts on the piece, I’m afraid that I can only give this book one star.

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