Format: Paperback graphic novel
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4
Genre: contemporary/fantasy fiction
What did you like about the book? Marjorie is grieving the loss of her mother and trying to keep the family laundry business afloat while also going to school. Her father is depressed, and a local businessman is determined to turn the laundromat into a yoga retreat. Meanwhile, a ghost named Wendell seems unable to settle into life in the afterlife and, with the best of intentions, begins to complicate Marjorie’s world even further. I liked the parallel plots telling Marjorie’s story and Wendell’s story, and how the author lets both stories unfold slowly, letting astute readers fill in some of the blanks. I liked the contrasting pictorial depictions of Marjorie’s world and Wendell’s world, and the quietly satisfying conclusion.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I would have liked to know more about some of the secondary characters.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to graphic novel readers who enjoyed Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. Also recommend Sunny Side Up and Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. Readers who are interested in characters working through grief should also enjoy The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. While not a graphic novel, The Dollar Kids incorporates some comic panels and a sympathetic, grieving protagonist.
Who should buy this book? Middle schools and public libraries should purchase this book.
Where would you shelve it ? Middle-grade or perhaps young adult graphic novels, depending on the collection.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: August 27, 2018