Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 5, 2008

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Filed under: Look What I'm Reading for Book Club! — traverse02 @ 11:16 pm

Since our class this week is focused on graphic novels, I thought I’d share my response to reading Craig Thompson’s memoir, Blankets, which I brought in for book club the first week of class and just recently finished. This certainly is one of the most realistic and affecting love stories I’ve read in years. It’s not overly sentimental, there are some very disturbing things that happen, and there are quite a few moments containing some light and some very dark humor. And the artwork is incredible. The stark contrast of the black and white imagery conveys so much in regards to the major themes working throughout the text, and certain abstract panels are just beautiful to look at.

But I digress. The story itself follows Craig as a teenage boy, the product of a strict Catholic family living in the Mid-West, who falls in love one winter with a girl, Raina, from Jesus camp. He relates this story along with many others from his childhood, featuring his younger brother with whom he shares many funny and sometimes very sad and disturbing moments. The book addresses Craig’s many questions concerning Love, Faith and Family, as he grows older and tries to figure out what it takes to become an independent young man. It is by far one of the most mature works of literature I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading and I highly recommend it. Raph



  1. Thanks for this feedback, Raph. I have BLANKETS, and I am eager to read it. What students (if any) would you recommend this to? I wonder if this would fit in with the book Mandy initially posted on, DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS?, in terms of a story about a teenager’s relationship with his faith.

    Comment by sostrom — February 6, 2008 @ 2:59 am

  2. Since I am just getting into the whole genre of graphic novels, do you think I should hold off on this book? I am worried that I should start small! Do you think that the size of this book could be intimidating? ( I know I do, haha.)

    Sarah, I also wondered when I read this description of the book if it would fit well with DOES MY HEAD, especially since I just finished it yesterday.


    Comment by kariredmond — February 7, 2008 @ 4:22 am

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