After reading two disappointing literary classics, the graphic novel ‘Delicates’ by Brenna Thummler came as a cozy break for my exhausted little brain. A sequel to the beautifully drawn ‘Sheets’, ‘Delicates’ is glorious to look at and follows teen protagonist Marjorie’s life after she saves her laundry business from going bust and makes a few new friends including a ghost called Wendell.
Brenna Thummler’s artwork, colors, a soothing palette of blues and pinks, provides near perfect visual stimulation. The graphic novel is comforting, filled with delicate moments that cover a spectrum of emotions without dialogues. There are plenty of conversations in the book, but they are also broken by beautiful silences, of panels where just the scene speaks for itself. You feel like a second-hand spectator vacationing in the memories of the protagonist.
One of the highlights of ‘Delicates’ is the introduction of a new character called Eliza, a quirky aspiring photographer who loves to capture haunted places. Eliza is a little like Marjorie, except she still is a loner with no friends and is passionate about the supernatural world. Brenna Thummler spins a seamless tale about friendships, hobbies, bullies and finding one’s own voice in the chaos of middle-school shenanigans. I absolutely loved reading this graphic novel, especially because of the gorgeous artwork.
It’s a 5/5 from me.
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