Author: Craig Thompson
Genre: Graphic Novel
Blankets is a very unique autobiography of author Craig Thompson featured in an illustrated novel format. The novel is based on his experiences growing up in a Christian family, experiencing his first love and memories of spending time with his brother.
I’ve never read an autobiography in a graphic novel format before but the experience of reading Blankets is actually quite beautiful. Though the author and I quite possible have nothing in common, you can’t help but relate to some of the author’s experiences growing up.
One of the things that I related strongly to from the novel is of course, experiencing your first love as a teenager. It’s always so special and the way Thompson captures his first love is exceptionally memorable. However, Blankets is not just about first love, it’s a coming of age graphic novel that poses questions a lot of us asked during those strange adolescent years on love, religion and values in a path to understanding yourself.
I really liked Blankets. I dare anyone to read it and not relate to at least one of Craig Thompson’s experience while growing up. Blankets is exceptionally beautiful and a memorable reading experience.