Craig Thompson
Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson's poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence.Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It's a universal story, and Thompson's vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again.This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson has created a love story that lasts.


Reviewed: 2017-06-29

So I thought I would just start this book before I went to bed and read the first section...nope! I was hooked instantly and read the whole book! I can not even begin to explain how much I loved the art work in this book, I especially love it when he takes an entire page just for a single illustration which is filled with feelings and really gorgeous work. There is effort and a ton of love and care put into this book. I especially love the blanket quilt type patterns and designs that are through this book and is great symbolism for what that time in his life has given him.

The story is my favorite type of tropes where it's really well illustrated, coming of age stories with a road trip, during summer time...only this time it was WINTER! Wow, that's a first! Living in a similar area I know how magical, clean, and silently beautiful a blanket of snow can be. I really enjoyed the story and illustrations and if you liked this story you may enjoy This One Summer ~Ashley

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