ARC Review: Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash

Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash

Published October 9th, 2018 by Candlewick Press

Genres Young Adult, Graphic Novels

Pages 187

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A year and a half after the summer that changed her life, Maggie Thrash wishes she could change it all back. She’s trapped in a dark depression and flunking the 11th grade, befuddling her patrician mother while going unnoticed by her father, a workaholic federal judge. The only thing Maggie really cares about is her cat, Tommi…who then disappears somewhere in the walls of her cavernous house. So her search begins… but Maggie’s not exactly sure what she’s lost, and she has no idea what she’ll find.  In her critically acclaimed memoir, Honor Girl, Maggie Thrash brilliantly, beautifully portrayed the before and after of first love. Lost Soul, Be At Peace is the ingenious continuation of Maggie’s story, bringing her devastating honesty and humor to the before and after of depression. It marks the return of a truly heartbreaking, visionary voice in graphic novels, and pushes her storytelling to astounding new heights. This is how it feels to search for something that’s been lost forever.

This is actually the first graphic novel that I have completely read. I can tell you that I already know that I am not really a fan of graphic novels; I have tried to read others in the past and they just aren’t my thing. The illustrations in this graphic novel I did enjoy and the story itself is a bit odd, but fairly interesting. The book deals with a variety of different topics from mental illness to dealing with high school and families. I found it to be interesting, but a bit odd and for a graphic novel, I was surprised at the amount of sensitive topics that were a part of the story. Overall, for my first graphic novel I can say both the story and the illustrations were quite interesting, I just have found that the format of graphic novels just aren’t my favorite. The ARC I received was in black and white, but I believe the final book will be in all color, which I will have to check out.  For fans of the author and fans of graphic novels, I would definitely suggest checking this one out.

Thank you to the publisher, Candlewick Press, for sending me an ARC of this book.

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