Friday, June 1, 2012
By Stephen Emond
Genre YA Contemporary
Recommended by Kathy
First sentence So I'm opening my Christmas present in June.
Written in journal style with awesome pictures, Happyface tells the story of a boy who decided to reinvent himself when he starts at a new school. No longer will he be that "kid in the corner drawing you", but, instead, a cool laid back guy with a grin plastered on his face. No matter what.
What is has going for it
The art! The art in this book was a blast for me. It's not a graphic novel; the pictures don't tell the story, but they could. They're that good. From doodle style to beautiful sketches and everything in between, the pictures made this book worth the read. I also enjoyed the journal style writing as it's always very personal feeling and pulls you into the characters head better than other styles might.
Unfortunately the story didn't do it for me. The surprises were thrown at you in a way that made you feel lied to because it was in journal style. I can see the reasoning behind it but I still didn't like that feeling of betrayal. But what really ruined the book for me was the sarcasm and bitterness dripping from the pages. I know it's unprofessional to lash out at authors but I felt like, in this case, the author had been burned at some point in his life and used this book as a tool for getting sympathy. I don't know, maybe there was some message I missed but I just found myself rather disgusted with the MC and that's never a good thing.
For me it was just looking at the art. There wasn't really a part of the story that was a favorite.
Yea or Nay?
You know me, even if I don't like a book, doesn't mean I won't recommend it. For this one I'll say sure, for the art, sure. And if you actually get what the author was going for let me know. ;)