Engrossing character studies.
As soon as I read the description for "Bad Houses", I knew I had to read it! The themes surrounding life in a small, struggling timber town resonate strongly with my personal experiences. I love how they explore what parts of ourselves remain in the things we leave behind. These are the kinds of questions that I enjoy puzzling over. The illustrations are fantastic, too!
Families can be so complicated! Especially if you live with them. Lewis even works with his mother, double trouble. Bad Houses centers around him and Anne, whose mother is a hoarder, and what happens after their chance meeting at one of Lewis’s mother’s estate sales. Various backstories and characters’ current issues are revealed piece by piece until all the interconnections are laid out.
McNeil’s drawing style really gives the characters energy and humanity even when they’re behaving awfully. For a little bitty town, there are a lot of secrets here. Lewis and Anne’s budding romance is effective because it’s so real – not perfect, but there’s such a strong “click” with them. Loved this book!
A truly outstanding graphic novel, not just for inveterate thrift shoppers and those who worry about hoarding. Sharp observations, intelligent dialogue, great drawings and a lovely story.
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