A Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2003
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Named one of Time's top 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time!

"...A rarity: a first-love story so well remembered and honest that it reminds you what falling in love feels like. ...achingly beautiful." - Time magazine

A brand-new, hardcover edition, re-sized and with a new cover! Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson.

At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first.
Publisher: Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf Productions, c2003
ISBN: 9781603090964
Branch Call Number: FIC THO
Characteristics: 582 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 14, 2018

This is a gorgeous book. It's a beautifully-rendered love story, an honest look into an Evangelical family, a story about small-town America, and a book about getting your heart broken for the first time. The illustrations are both sparse and potent. The narrative meanders a bit, then explodes with emotion and pathos, joy and vulnerability. The scenes of the winter landscape match the protagonist's quiet observations and contemplative nature. The 'blanket' theme that runs through the graphic novel is verdant and intelligent. By the end, you will feel differently about your own adolescence. Maybe less alone, maybe less afraid.

Oct 29, 2018

Gorgeous coming of age story that many in my generation and younger will resonate with

Aug 01, 2018

A very vivid and emotional coming of age story. Brought up deep feelings and thoughts as it made me reflect on my own life and past. Beautiful artwork in every panel and every page, with many details requiring that you take the time to actually sit and look at the panels. A very enjoyable book.

Jun 12, 2018

I first read Blankets a decade ago when I was 19. Being closer to the main characters' age and emotional maturity definitely impacted my reading experience and enthusiasm for Blankets. Years later, it is still a well-done graphic novel that captures young love and the way relationships grow and evolve as people age, but it is not as arresting for me as it once was.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 20, 2018

This book is about growing up, coming of age, loneliness, love, family, the passing of time, art and life... all wrapped up in beautiful, subdued yet lavish, flowing, black & white linework. You need to read this!

Jan 18, 2018

Such a beautiful coming of age story told in graphic novel format. If you have never tried a graphic novel before, this is a great place to start.

ArapahoeTiegan Dec 18, 2017

This is a great coming-of-age graphic novel. Craig Thomspon chronicles his own experiences growing up, but mostly tells the story of his first love. He met Raina as a senior in high school and helped her while her parents were getting divorced. Craig also had his own journey of discovering his relationship with religion and what that would mean for his own plans after high school. He detailed what these experiences meant for his relationships with his family - from his own perspective and feelings. Very well done - definitely a good read.

Sep 01, 2017

The torment of this young man's journey is heavily peppered with biblical quotes and a deep sense of guilt about his own feelings. Too burdened with Christian polemics for me.

SCL_Heather Aug 08, 2017

A touching and relatable story about first love. This was the first graphic novel I ever read and is still one of my favourites.

Apr 15, 2017

I have a weakness for stories like this, and Thompson's crisis of faith hit very close to home for my own life. Very moving, and the art is beautiful.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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“The kingdom of God does not come visibly, nor will people say ‘Here it is’ or There it is’, because the kingdom of God is WITHIN and/or AMONG you.”


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