Are You Listening?

Are You Listening?

Graphic Novel - 2019
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"A chance encounter sends runaway Bea on a journey through West Texas with Lou, who Bea must trust as she is driven to confront buried truths about loss and heartbreak."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : First Second, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781626727731
Call Number: TEEN GN WAL
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 23 cm
Bib Control Number: 1045774


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Oct 13, 2020

I liked the art a lot, but got kind of confused about the plot.

Apr 19, 2020

Such a magical book and poignantly handles hard topics really well and I love this book so much and the illustrations are so beautiful!

JCLBrittanyC Nov 15, 2019

Yet another wonderful graphic by Tillie Walden. In this one, you meet Bea who
appears to be running away from her past. Bea runs into Lou, who agrees to drive
her to Texas. As they are making their way on the road, they both are forced in to
self-discovery and self-acceptance. The characters are very beautifully written,
and I thoroughly enjoyed the progression of each of their stories. I did find the end
to be a bit odd though, it took more of mythical turn that just didn’t seem to fit or
maybe it was just over my head.

vpl_teens Sep 25, 2019

Reviewed by Joshua M. for Teens Read it First

Tillie Walden’s magical novel “are you listening?” does a magnificent job capturing the heartfelt, griefful, and recovering aspects of a friendship between two women. This graphic novel earns four stars due to the astonishing illustrations, somewhat clean writing, and pitiful buried truths. Also, unraveling their pitiful hidden truths supported Bea and Lou to communicate and engage with each other. Although, the title of the novel did not look to incorporate all the topics of the story, and the magical realism caused confusion. All in all, this was a beautiful and whimsical story worthy of setting readers in a trance.

JCLEmmaF Jun 14, 2019

Are You Listening follows two girls driving through West Texas as it shifts beneath them, and as they get to know each other.
The magical surrealism of this comic paid off in about four pages towards the very end; otherwise this book just felt like a fever dream, nightmarish and confusing. I liked those pages, but it could have been a mini comic. I understand that that's how you're supposed to feel, to put you in place of the characters, but I was aggravated because I didn't understand some decisions the characters made.


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Apr 19, 2020

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