Monday, March 2, 2015
Graphic Novel Review: "Adrian and the Tree of Secrets" by Hubert
I really had high hopes for this one. The art is really beautiful and I know I saw a good review of it in one of the journals. Aside from being a little choppy and confusing in the set up, I was enjoying getting to know Adrian and Jeremy. I thought it was going to a completely different place. Well, it didn't. The end panels were a complete and total disappointment. I shut the book with a "WTF?".
I do think this could serve as a bit of a reflection for some teens, but I'd really rather this be a kick off for a conversation or something. It definitely illustrates the very real issue of gay teens turning to suicide after feeling isolated by their community. But it just doesn't go far enough. Also, I understand that this is translated from the French, but the title is also a bit of a stretch. It implies more than there is... and I wish there were more.
Adrian and the Tree of Secrets
Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014