No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant
YA Graphic Novel, 2019 by Oni Press, 216 Pages
What I Didn’t Like:
- I wanted a bit more detail. I get what we’re looking at here, it’s a snapshot of a summer. But I wanted the lessons to ring a little truer. I wanted to stay a bit longer on some of the scenes. I wanted to have more time to connect with Hazel and the other characters.
- The textbook style pages are very dry. I’m glad they’re short.
What I Did Like:
- Absolutely love the pages at the back from the author about how they created the work. Great look at the process of creating a graphic novel.
- The embarrassing moments that we all experience as teens are front and center, normalizing it all. That’s pretty brilliant.
- The artwork is nice. I’d like color, I think, but I get that it would add to printing costs.
Who Should Read This One:
- Contemporary fans who want to try graphic novels may thoroughly enjoy this one. At it’s heart, this is a contemporary story.
My Rating: 3 Stars.
- Great quick read about recognizing (and checking) your privilege.
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