A Shy Librarian is sold on GNs & Drechsler

“A Shy Librarian is sold on GNs & Drechsler” / Shy Librarian / Shy Librarian / April 15, 2004

Excerpted from The Shy Librarian, Spring 2003, Vol. 3, No. 1

This was the first graphic novel I have read and I can now say, I am sold! The Summer of Love by Debbie Drechsler was striking, superb, subtle, and stupendous.

"Summer" is striking in its accurate portrayl of Lily's feelings as a young teenage girl. She struggles with insecurity about her changing body and feelings. The reader feels her longing to fit in at a new school, to make new friends, and have love in her life. There doesn't seem to be much love at home. Her emotional distance from her sisters and parents can be felt as the pages project her life to the reader.

Superb is the building of the story from the first page to the last. The book covers a summer and in part four and five, it takes us into the school year. The events that happen to Lily could be events that happen to any teenage girl. from discovering a secret her sister has, making out, to facing the lies and rumours told about about her by a boy; the reader could feel that Ms. Drechsler is talking about them.

The soft green and brown illustrations are subtle and stylish. They give the impression of being faded photos from an album and they lend a realistic feel to the setting, which is suburbia in the 1970s.

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