I liked the art a lot, but got kind of confused about the plot.
Such a magical book and poignantly handles hard topics really well and I love this book so much and the illustrations are so beautiful!
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.
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.
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.
CORI D. MORRIS thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
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