Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: First Second (March 12 2019)
Synopsis: Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not.
Her dad is hiding something big―so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn’t want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.
Kiss Number 8, a graphic novel from writer Colleen AF Venable and illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw, is a layered, funny, sharp-edged story of teen sexuality and family secrets.
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Kiss Number 8 is a coming of age graphic novel – my first graphic novel to read and review! The story follows Mads, a high school student, through her exploration of her sexuality and family secrets. Colleen AF Venable writes with amazing humor that the characters come to life, literally before your eyes – with much help from Ellen T. Crenshaw’s beautiful illustrations.
When I was originally asked to review this novel, I was curious to see how I would like reading a graphic novel and I can honestly say: I really enjoyed this graphic novel and Mads’ story. Venable did a great job of getting so much into the story and I think it is a great YA read. The illustrations are so life like, that I often found myself spending extra time just to look at them.
Mads’ struggles are so real and relatable for many that I feel the topics explored are so important for young adults of today to read. I am so happy Raincoast books appraoched me to review this book and I am very excited to read another graphic novel!
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Raincoast Books *