Author: Craig Thompson
Genre: Graphic Novel, Memoir
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Graphic novels seem all the rage lately. Everyone is reading them. Except me. Last weekend during the readathon, I decided to change that. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to start with my plunge into graphic novels, but Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot‘s gushing review of Blankets sealed my fate. Blankets was to be that first graphic novel. And I was certainly not disappointed.
Blankets is billed as an illustrated novel, but I’m 99% sure it’s actually a memoir. It’s primarily the story of Thompson’s first love but the scenes jump around from his childhood spent sharing a bed with his little brother and eventually to his adulthood. Blankets is moving in a way that I didn’t realize graphic novels could be. This book made me want to fall in love for the first time all over again.
Blankets shows us two very different families and does not hide the ugly parts. We see the pain in Raina’s parents and the authority in Thompson’s. It tackles the tough questions so many of us face growing up in religious families. Thompson, once destined for the ministry, begins questioning the absolutes he’s been taught, and the world his faith has created starts unraveling around him.
This story in a regular format would not do it justice. The illustrations convey so much emotion. Words alone cannot describe how amazing this novel is, so I must include some “excerpts.”
This is a story for anyone who has ever fallen in love, or questioned her faith, or even those who have yet to do either. Please, please, please go read this if you haven’t. It will only take you a couple hours. Then find me on here, call me, knock on my door and share with me your love for this book.