Monday, June 30, 2014
Graphic Novel Review: "Little Fish" by Ramsey Beyer
Ramsey has stylized herself as being a good girl from a good family who meets some very different but very good people at school. She gets homesick, works hard on assignments and at her on-campus job, and tries to find ways to get more involved in other activities that she enjoys. Eventually, Ramsey finds herself possibly attracted to one of her new friends. Ramsey starts to question her faith in relationships, her fear of giving in to her emotions... all those things one questions when debating turning a friendship into something more. This is something everyone can relate to. But to be truthful, the whole story - while interesting - is a little boring. And I hate saying that, because this is someone's life - and I am sure they didn't think it was boring! On the other hand, boring can be good.... it is normal after all. And I still finished the book wondering about her and her friends in the book - where they are now, if they are still friends and all that.
I saved the best for last. I really liked the format in which this story is told. While some of it is drawn illustrations - the bulk of the text is in list form! Ramsey has apparently always enjoyed making lists of different things, and at one time (maybe still?) published a zine of her lists. She has reproduced lists that she actually wrote during this time of her life and used them to tell the story (with the illustrations to help move the time line along). I thought that was a really cool way to tell a story!
by Ramsey Beyer
Zest Books, 2013