I’ve loved Telgemeier’s previous cartoon reminiscences of adolescence, Smile and Drama. She captures the confusion, dreams, and crankiness of being a teenager through perfect pictures and timely dialogue. This time we shift away from school to her home life, especially her relationship with her sister during a three week vacation one summer.
I loved the way Telgemeier portrays family as annoying people you have to put up with but will cling to desperately when things get rough. No one has the power to lift you up or tear you down quite like your siblings. And these relationship changes take place in the smallest gestures, like taking off headphones in the car. The book is a quick sweet look at the ups and downs of family life from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl. More, please!
Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years. But when a baby brother enters the picture, and later, when something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.
Raina Telgemeier uses her signature humor and charm to tell the story of her relationship with her little sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.
Release Date: August 2014
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