Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? This sweet coming of age and coming out story is set in a working class town in Italy. Matteo returns home after not accomplishing what he set out to do in Milan – he has no money, no degree, and no prospects. He fears seeing his estranged father and revealing that he is gay. He ends up crashing in a small apartment with his beloved grandmother, three aunts and a pregnant cousin. Matteo is consumed with the struggle to come to terms with the man he left behind in Milan and with working up the courage to face his father. The family drama in the apartment is both bitter and loving and will resonate with many readers. Readers will root for this sensitive young man and his quest to find his place. Elegant black and white art complements the leisurely paced story. This the first of the author’s books to be translated from the Italian.
To whom would you recommend this book? Offer this to adults and older teens interested in LGBTQ fiction or coming of age graphic novels.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Adult graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: May 31, 2018