Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review: Winter Town by Stephen Emond


Published: Little, Brown Books (December 5, 2011)
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
Source: publisher
GoodReads Summary: Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her... even if it means pissing her off.

Garden State meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in this funny and poignant illustrated novel about opposites who fall in love.


My Thoughts:
This one is a hard book to peg. I feel like I don't quite know what the purpose was. Was I supposed to fall in love with the main character? Was I supposed to understand what the comics meant? Was I supposed to acknowledge this as a coming-of-age book? All of the above? You guys, I may be slap happy right now and not quite make sense but this book? I don't get it.

Don't get me wrong, I thought the writing was superb. I liked Evan. I liked Lucy. I thought the latter was a bit melodramatic and annoying at times, but together, they were sweet and endearing. I enjoyed reading about their childhood and vivid imaginations. I liked Evan's mom and grandma and understood the family dynamic. I actually had a soft spot for Lucy's father and understood that her home life was rough. The interaction between those two struck a heartfelt chord with me.

This one felt strikingly similar to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, except where Dash and Lily's romance was thrilling and exciting, Evan and Lucy's was like rediscovering an old beat up hoodie and wearing it without shame for 5 days straight. It was comfortable and familiar and right. I was content with the ending, too. I just wanted...MORE...on all counts.

And that cover? Stunning. PAPER PUNCH SNOWFLAKES!

10 comments:

  1. Love the cover. Thought the book was a good way to introduce myself to graphic novels -- baby steps. But not one I LOVED or anything.

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    1. My problem was that I didn't GET some of the illustrations. Like I knew some were referencing the story itself but others? NADA.

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    2. I personally thought his other book, Happyface, would be a better introduction to graphic novels. It's in journal form that's also sort of like a sketchbook, and the illustrations all support the story. :)

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  2. That's kind of how I felt with this book, too. I liked it, but I felt like there could have been more.

    And yes, the cover is pretty. :) I actually like pulling it out my shelf sometimes just to look at the prettiness. :)

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    1. EXACTLY. Like it's so simple but it's friggin PAPER. PUNCH. SNOW. FLAKES.

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  3. I really kind of just want to read this one. It sounds so intriguing :)

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    1. It wasn't my favorite read, but it's cute and quick!

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  4. What you say about the relationship makes me love this already -- I love Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, and I love friendships turning into more.

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    1. DEFINITELY the closest thing I've read to Dash & Lily. I recommend!

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  5. I like illustrations and I like the cover. But is it a graphic novel? Because for the life of me I have never figured out how to love those. Or is it just a book with illustrations? Because THAT I'm totally down with.

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