Thursday, November 19, 2009

Review of Blankets by Craig Thompson

Title: Blankets
Author: Craig Thompson
Publication Date: August 2003
Pages: 592
Source: Library

First Lines:

"When we were young, my little brother Phil and I shared the same bed. "SHARED" is the sugar-coated way of saying we were TRAPPED in the same bed, as we were children and had no say in the matter."

Back Cover:

Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work.

My Thoughts:

This is the first graphic novel that I've ever read, but it definitely won't be my last! I'd heard really great things about the book, and on my last trip to the library, I just so happened to come across a copy, so obviously, I picked it up!

Overall, I really enjoyed Blankets. Craig Thompson has managed to create a beautiful coming-of-age story that mixes together some of the most common issues all teenagers face. Divorce, family dynamics, first loves, fitting in, religion, and the difficulty in finding yourself all make an appearance throughout the course of the book.

My favorite part of the book would have to be a scene I found near the end. The main character, Craig, is walking alone through the snow and says such a beautiful line, I had to share it with you:

"How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface, to make a map of my movement, no matter how temporary."

I just loved that line! To me, it was a perfect expression of new beginnings.

Despite its 592 pages, Blankets is a quick read because it's a graphic novel. I would definitely recommend this to pretty much anyone who has an interest in it. ***However, there IS sexual content present in the book, so I'd recommend it only to mature readers, probably those who are 15 and up.*** Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and because it was different than the usual prose-style novel that I'm accustomed to reading, it was a great way to vary up my reading time!

Cover: 3.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Characters: 4.5 stars
Writing Style: 4.5 stars
Graphics: 4.5 stars
Overall: 4.5 stars
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