Author: Brenna Thummler
Publisher: Lion Forge
Genre/Themes/Demo: Graphic Novel, Paranormal
Release Date: August 28th 2018
Page Count: 224
Format: ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley
*Disclaimer* A copy of Sheets by Brenna Thummler was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way!
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for. Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world. When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain. Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.
What I Liked
The emotions. I could tell from the opening paragraph that this story was going to make me feel things. I knew it would be an emotional story and I definitely wasn’t wrong. It maybe wasn’t as hard hitting as I expected, but there were a lot of touching moments within the pages of this graphic novel. It definitely took more of a lighthearted approach at dealing with themes of loss, death and depression, but it was still an emotional and important story nonetheless.
The artwork. This book is absolutely gorgeous. The artwork within is absolutely stunning and uses all of the right colours. I wish I had read it as a physical copy rather than an eARC because I just know it would have been that more beautiful if I had it printed on a page!
What I Didn’t Like
It didn’t stick? I’m not sure how to really explain this. I read this title about a week or two ago now and if I’m being honest, the story itself hasn’t really stuck with me. It was beautiful to look at and I know that it dealt with important topics in a lighthearted way, but the story itself wasn’t all that memorable.
About The Author
I’m an illustrator who grew up in northwestern PA, where I developed a deep love for hiking trails, peanut butter, and ghost stories. After receiving my BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2015, I relocated to Kansas City. The midwest isn’t ideal for hiking trails, but the peanut butter appears to be the same and the ghost stories are now mine to tell. I am available for freelance projects, so contact me!
Thank you for reading!