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Graphic Novel Review: Delicates by Brenna Thummler (ARC)

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: Delicates (Sheets #2)

Author: Brenna Thummler

Description: Following the events of the bestselling graphic novel, Sheets, Delicates brings Brenna Thummler’s beloved characters, artwork, and charm back to life.

Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is.

Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as “different” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it’s like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most. 

RATING

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This mistake happens to me too many times, only upon picking up the book I received from Netgalley do I realize it’s a sequel. But thankfully this one can be read as a sequel.

I don’t read many graphic novels but this was such a good one. The illustrations were so cute and lovely and the whole story was very heartwarming and wholesome.

It is a story about Marjorie, who has just started 8th grade and is a newly member of a clique. But, no one knows there is about 20 sheet ghosts in her laundry room and they are her best friends. If they knew that, they would probably make fun of her, just like they do with a quiet girl, who is always chasing ghosts.

This graphic novels seems light and fluffy but it actually deals with some serious issues beyond the surface such as bullying, death of a family member and even suicidal thoughts.

It once again brought up the very important topic of bullying and how it’s never okay to do it because you never know what kind of issues someone has in their personal life and how all those cruel words could affect them.

The little ghost story is so cute and ties this all together perfectly, but to me the main topic of this friendship and how, when you have someone by your side, everything feels easier.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel and it was good for me to read something different from what I usually read. I feel like this would be a great series for kids and teens because it does deal with some topics almost all of us struggled with in school, so it can be helpful and inspiring.

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5 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Delicates by Brenna Thummler (ARC)

  1. I didn’t know there was a sequel. Thanks so much for this great review, it is an inerestng story with sheets as the charaters. Graphic novels are a great way to reach a variety of readers and now, they cover a variety of topics. You shoiuld check them out, whether adult, middle school, children or YA ones, I’m sure you’d be surprised at what you’d find.

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  2. Brilliant post!! I love how you talk about how delicates deals with deep topics for a younger audience- I also got an arc copy and thought it was dealt with really well. I DID THAT TOO! I haven’t read sheets and but thought that you could understand what was going on pretty easily. I think I might read sheets tho – I’d also love to see how Wendell and Marjorie’s relationship started. Here is my review of delicates 🙂 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/01/31/2-amazing-arc-graphic-novels/

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