Monday, February 25, 2019

SnarkNotes: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

SnarkNotes: noun. The sort of review Susie does for books that wouldn't mesh with her usual review format. Graphic novels, nonfiction, fiction she's read before, and fiction she simply doesn't have much to say about all fall under the SnarkNotes category. SnarkNotes are usually brief and snide in nature.

Today's SnarkNotes topic is... Sheets by Brenna Thummler!


GENRE
  • fantasy
  • graphic novel
  • drama
SUMMARY

  • Marjorie is a lonely young girl who has held her family together by the seams ever since her mother died
  • Wendell is a lonely young boy who died far too soon, and is having trouble adjusting to his new situation as a ghost
  • when Wendell stumbles across the laundromat where Marjorie works -- the family business she struggles to keep afloat -- he inadvertently makes matters much, much worse for her
  • as Wendell attempts to make the afterlife work for him, Marjorie attempts to keep her own life from spiraling out of control

PROS
  • first of all, the art style is absolutely GORGEOUS
  • and for such a short story, there was a LOT of emotional weight here
  • I teared up more times than I am proud to admit
  • Marjorie was such a fantastic protagonist. her situation has forced her to grow up fast but she's still undoubtedly a child
  • and Wendell?
  • oh my sweet baby Wendell
  • he's so precious
  • I loved the society of ghosts, and the fact that they literally need to have sheets to be able to see each other
  • I love how the story balances the ghosts and fantasy element with the real-world turmoil of Marjorie's family situation
  • mentioning the art again because it's really something special
  • I opened the book on a random page in the bookstore, looked at the art for twenty seconds, and then decided to buy it
CONS
  • my main complaint is that the villain felt a bit weak?
  • almost a little too cartoonishly evil
  • (and yes, I realize "it's not realistic" is an odd complaint for a story with ghosts in it but you know what I mean)
  • I also thought it was a bit short, but that complaint is pretty minor because the story wrapped up nicely
  • and if my complaint is that I wish there was more of it, that's a pretty good sign tbh
OTHER NOTES
  • it works great as a self-contained story, but I absolutely would not say "no" to a volume 2
  • also, fuck you Brenna Thummler, the last panel literally made me cry
  • and I was at WORK when I read this
RATING: 8 / 10

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