Review: Seven Places Without You by Juan Berrio

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Date Started: 1/28/19

Date Finished: 1/28/19

Publication Date: 1/23/19

Genre: Graphic Novel

Rating: 2/5

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Thoughts:

Seven Places Without You promises to be a graphic novel that explores a couple going through a rough period in their relationship. Instead, this story is more about Elena, so much to the point that we only see Jorge at the very end.

I didn’t find the story to be interesting or memorable at all. It was a bit awkward at times, and I couldn’t really understand most of the characters. I was really hoping to see Jorge and Elena talk earlier in the book and work through their problems, but he didn’t show up until the very end, which didn’t allow for closure. I was pretty bored and disinterested throughout the whole thing, and I didn’t feel like it flowed well. It was lacking in the emotional depth that I expected from a book like this. I’ve read shorter graphic novels, such as A Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending) that had more of an emotional impact. There were often parts that I wanted to see expanded, like Elena’s friend who had a crush on her, but after that scene we never really see him again. I just wish that there was more.

Despite the plot and characters, I did like the art style. It was very simplistic and plain, with distinct splotches of color for each chapter. The art style and the colors were mainly what kept me going through the pages. The art was probably the best part of this experience.

All in all, this graphic novel wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t memorable at all and was lacking in plot, depth, emotion, and character development. I would not recommend this book.


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