[Susceptible]’s pervasive melancholy is still lingering with me, a reminder of why we really read: to feel things besides our own emotions.Paris Review
Goglu is a daydreamer with a young working mother, a disengaged stepfather, and a father who lives two thousand miles away. Drawing, punk rock, and the promise of true independence guide Goglu to adulthood while her home’s daily chaos inevitably shapes her identity. Susceptible is a devastating graphic novel debut by Geneviève Castrée; it's a testament to the heartbreaking loss of innocence when a child is forced to be the adult amongst grownups.
Praise for Susceptible
With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending.Miranda July, author of No One Belongs Here More Than You
...an aching clarity [is] evident in [Castrée's] sombre grey tones and her dexterous, serpentine lines.Globe & Mail Best Books of 2013
[Susceptible is] a devastating coming-of-age graphic memoir.CBC Books
Castrée’s black-and-white, Scarryesque illustrations accompany tiny, precise cursive lettering that gives the whole work a whispered, confessional quality, as if each word were an embarrassing secret. At times, Goglu’s story is overwhelmingly, heartbreakingly sad, but Castrée leaves a glimmer of hope: a redemptive future shaped by art, independence, and unconditional love.Booklist