The term “coming of age” is assigned to any book containing a mention of sex, teenagers, love lost or love gained. While it may be an overused term, it is the most fitting one to describe Blankets, a novel with gorgeous black and white illustrations and an equally beautiful story about a young man grappling with the confines of his strict religious upbringing and falling in love for the first time. Thompson does an excellent job of guiding the reader through these issues and letting them decide for themselves how they feel as they come out on the other side.
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This text-dense graphic novel might prove overwhelming at first, but the story of Gemma Bovery–whose life mirrors a similarly named Flaubert heroine–is worth a few pages of feeling overwhelmed. Gemma’s life is punctuated by periods of adultery and discontent, and while she tries to will herself out of depression with everything from a move to the French countryside to retail therapy, she cannot shake the boredom of her marriage or her life in general. Those familiar with Flaubert’s work may know how Gemma’s story ends, but in the case of Gemma Bovery, the journey is worth more than the ending.
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