Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: Swallow Me Whole - Nate Powell

Where I got it: Inter-library Loan
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (It's weird seeing an image that was previously black & white in color.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 29, 2008
Publisher: Top Shelf Production
Page Count: 212 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Ruth sees things, hears things, that aren't there. Her brother has a talking wizard that tells him what to draw. They both have a sick, dying grandmother sleeping on their coach. Ruth is obsessed with insects and has them in jars in her room. She also has OCD and is constantly rearranging the jars to find just the right combination. Ruth and her brother are just trying to survive high school, and life. They find love, the find friends and they find each other all while trying to find ways to cope.

This was an odd little graphic novel. Made me think a bit of Gene Yuen Lang novels. Nate Powell dives very deep into the characters, portraying how they tick, making you see past their mental flaws. It was interesting being enveloped in Ruth's world. It was a bit frightening too at times. The illustrations were great and at times terrifying. Some of the images just creeped me out in the worst way. If you are in the mood to get inside someone else's head, make sure you grab this one. It's odd, it's sweet and it's inspirational.

First Line:
"Mom? We're here with the kids."

Favorite Line:
"That frog is my keeper."

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