Guts by Raina Telgemeier

by Raina Telgemeier Overall: 4 out of 5 stars Another autobiographical story by the fabulous Telgemeier. At first I wasn’t sure how relatable Raina’s story of her anxiety and obsession with food was, but by the end, when she shares at a sleepover that her “deepest, darkest secret” is that she goes to therapy, her […]

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

by Remy Lai Overall: 5 out of 5 stars Eleven-year-old Jingwen moves with his mother and little brother to Australia from an unspecified Asian country (Singapore? China?) and he feels like he’s moved to Mars. Moving to Australia and opening a bakery (called Pie in the Sky) had been a family goal for a long […]

YA Graphic Novels like whoa, part 2

Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman Overall: 1 out of 5 stars (unfinished) I had to stop reading this one because it gave me a headache. I mostly picked it up on a recommendation from a colleague, and because Roman was married to Raina Telgemeier (not just gossip – this GN spree was brought […]


by Raina Telgemeier Overall: 5 out of 5 stars I loved Telgemeier’s other books, even though the main incident of Smile, tripping and falling and bashing out your two front teeth, is my worst nightmare. That book was autobiographical, as is Sisters, but Smile was very much an internal, solo story that it almost doesn’t […]

Comics Squad: Recess

Edited by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm Overall: 5 out of 5 stars With an all-star lineup and unique format of short story graphic novel (Holm, Krosoczka, Telgemeier, Vernon, etc), I had to grab this as it passed by. It did not disappoint – fans of one or more of these graphic novelists will […]