Date Started: 1/20/19
Date Finished: 1/20/19
Publication Date: 1/29/19
Genre: Graphic Novel
POV: 1st Person
A Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending) is exactly what the title suggests. Through simple but lovely illustrations, it tells the story of a teenager who was diagnosed with cancer. The graphic novel is short, less than 50 pages, but surprisingly, it still manages to tell a story and dive into the narrator’s relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend. I wish that it had been longer, but I think that the short length will help it appeal to adults, young adults, and children alike. It’s told in a simplistic style with a relatively young voice, which I think makes it accessible for all.
The art is quite lovely. The colors (or lack of color) are quite simplistic, but also symbolic. The art style is hand drawn in what seems to be watercolor or ink. It’s appealing to look at and compliments the writing quite well.
I’m rating this at a 3.5/5, which I’ll round up to a 4/5 on review sites. While it effectively told a story through text and illustrations, I didn’t connect with it completely. Emotional subjects like familial relationships were touched upon, but not elaborated on. I just wish that the story had been longer. I probably won’t remember this graphic novel in a few months time, and I don’t feel a need to own this book for myself when it comes out. Still, I really appreciated the happy ending, and the fact that I knew going into the story that their would be a happy ending. I’ve read way too many cancer stories that left me broken at the end, so this was a refreshing addition to the genre that anyone can enjoy.
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