My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to read this because the cover is simply adorable and I love stories about ghosts.
This is about a 13-year old girl who has it tough. She lost her mother and in some sort her dad, too. He went to a pretty dark place after his wife died and can’t really care for the family anymore. So Marjorie is in charge of the laundromat that her mother ran. But Mr. Saubertuck is trying to ruin her business and he isn’t the only one who creates chaos.
Wendell is a little ghost with struggles to adapt. He goes to a therapy group for the Death Youth but then escapes to the laundromat and the story develops from there.
It’s a really cute graphic novel and one I might reread, just to see if I will get more out of it the second time around. Because while I really like the art style, the colours and the idea with the sheets, I wasn’t emotionally connected.
That is something that happens sometimes with graphic novels for me, so it’s not necessarily the fault of this book. I liked Wendells story way more than Marjorie’s simply because of Mr. Saubertuck … well, he was too much for me. I noticed that storylines with the over-the-top bad guy aren’t really my thing anymore. But if that doesn’t bother you then you will find an adorable little story about two struggling youths coming together. I wished the ghosts were explored more. I really liked reading about them and their world, the tidbits we got were well thought out and intriguing.
The lighter colour scheme contrasts perfectly with the darker themes this graphic novel explores. Loneliness, grief, death, desperation.
It is touching and I loved the ending. It was so cute, but well in tune with the story.