Graphic Novel Review: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeie

Posted February 11, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Graphic Novel Review: Ghosts by Raina TelgemeieGhosts by Raina Telgemeier
Published by Graphix on September 13th 2016
Pages: 256
Format: ebook
Source: library
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three-stars

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own.

The thing that struck me most about this book is how awesome the artwork is.  Which was great cause other parts of the story was…. Ummm…. needed work.  I loved how the sisters got along with each other, and I loved that there was an interracial couple in the book what I did not love was how they portrayed the disabled little girl?

Like she was on the outside of everything. She did not even have her friends, and she did look and sound to be school age, and even if she wasn’t why did she still not have her friends? Not all disabled children are outcasts. Ane the way she is made to appear like she would break at any moment and can’t go out or do anything because of her lungs. I had issues with that also.

The romance between the older sister and the neighbor boy while cute was unrealistic. I know that in fiction one has to suspend belief to get the story and I get that. I had no trouble suspending belief with the ghost story line for example but the insta love that took place just grated on my nerves. I HATE the insta-love trope no matter where it is played out.

I enjoyed the artwork in this comic even if I thought most of the plot needed a lot more work before being published, so it was wasn’t a total waste of time reading this. It only took me about an hour to get through so no biggie.

three-stars

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