I’m so pleased to share my review on the publishing date! Happy release day to this beautiful graphic novel. Thank you TBR and Beyond Tours and the author for this blog tour.
Young Sophia has lived in so many different countries, she can barely keep count. Stationed now with her family in Central America because of her parents’ work, Sophia feels displaced as an American living abroad, when she has hardly spent any of her life in America.
Everything changes when she reads a letter she was never meant to see and uncovers her parents’ secret. They are not who they say they are. They are working for the CIA. As Sophia tries to make sense of this news, and the web of lies surrounding her, she begins to question everything. The impact that this has on Sophia’s emerging sense of self and understanding of the world makes for a page-turning exploration of lies and double lives.
In the hands of this extraordinary graphic storyteller, this astonishing true story bursts to life.
This graphic memoir is about Sophia, a young American girl who has to travel abroad and live in a country where everyone speaks Spanish in her school. She would love to know why her life is that way, but she can’t. Her parents keeps their jobs a secret as they are working for the CIA.
This is a beautiful graphic memoir, that you can read very quickly about youth, teenage life, growing up and family. Sophia is a young girl who just want to understand why her family is so much different than everyone else’s, why they act differently and so secretly. She finds it hard, as she is not part of the secrets and it’s her turn to keep secrets from her family. She starts going out, living a secret life so she can feel ‘normal’.
The story is beautiful, and the illustration are beautiful. I’m so glad I was able to read it as a graphic novel, I’d love to read more and find out more about Sophia, and her life afterward, but it was great to be able to picture more of the story thanks to the illustration. I highly recommend reading this book, even if you are not really into graphic novel – I think you could still like it.
Sophia’s comics and cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Narratively, MUTHA Magazine, and Time Out New York. Her work has also been featured in various anthologies including, Ink Brick, Suspect Device, Quarter Moon, DIGESTATE, Rabid Rabbit, and Kilgore Quarterly. Her collection of comics Born, Not Raised was selected to be included in The Society of Illustrators Cartoon and Comics Art Annual 2016 and her short comic The Secrets in My Mother’s Nightstand was shortlisted for The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year in 2016.
In 2008 she was a recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant for her comic, The Deformitory. She is also the author of The Lettuce Girl, SemiSolid, Over Ripe and Passport: Fig. You can pick up her mini comics at indie-friendly stores across the country, or from Bird Cage Bottom Books.
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A beautiful graphic memoir, that immerse the reader in the main character’s (secret) life.