In this debut, which takes the form of a fictional graphic diary, a 10-year-old girl tries to solve a murder.
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.
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More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Had a hard time putting it down. Karen is 12 and her upstairs neighbor has been murdered--suicide according to police but the evidence points to murder. Karen wants to know who killed Anka, the neighbor. To do that she must find out about Anka's past and how it connects with her family. Karen also wants to be a monster and live forever. That part's not working out so well.
I loved Karen and her older brother Deeze (DZ). Tough times lie ahead for them. They have an interesting bunch of neighbors and acquaintances. As Karen eavesdrops to learn what is being kept from her, she is also on her own interesting adventures that scare her mother and Deeze when she goes off missing at times. Learning about Anka's life is eye opening as are the lives of some of the neighbors.
This is a cliffhanger and I have to get the next book to find out who killed Anka and what the ending of this book means to Karen.
More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure what to expect going in but the story and artwork absolutely hooked me. I couldn't put this down and was completely engrossed right to the end. Fantastic writing and wonderful art. Scroll back up and buy this right now!
More than 1 year ago
What an amazing graphic novel. The art is stunning, and the story holds you. For lovers of horror, mystery, and coming of age. This is an incredible read, but the artwork is why you go on.
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