I put Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts on hold before it came out because I liked the premise AND I liked both Smile and Sisters; I got the chance to finish it this weekend, and really, how perfect is that? The climax of the book involves both Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos! (Which is apparently November 1st, and please pretend the “i” in dia has an accent.) Talk about getting ready for the holiday…
The best thing about the book, however, was its surprises–the title gives away less of the plot than you’d think. At its core, this is a story about facing death, facing loss, and being strong enough to accept and talk about mortality. (That makes it sound sadder than it is, but it’s the truth.) It’s also a story about sisters who love each other despite (or perhaps because of) their polar opposite personalities.
It’s also about tamales. And chocolate. And it’s funny.
Bottom line? This is perfect for the week before Halloween, it’s perfect for those looking for a graphic novel with depth, and–really, just go read it before the 31st.
You’ll thank me for it.