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Swallow Me Whole

Powell, Nate (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Swallow Me Whole

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Two stepsiblings hold together amidst schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, family breakdown, animal telepathy, misguided love, and the tiniest hope that everything will someday make sense.
Authors: Powell, Nate
Title: Swallow me whole
Publisher: Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf, 2008.
Characteristics: 216 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,25 cm.
Notes: Title from cover.
Summary: Two stepsiblings hold together amidst schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, family breakdown, animal telepathy, misguided love, and the tiniest hope that everything will someday make sense.
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 23 10010
ISBN: 9781603090339
Statement of Responsibility: Nate Powell
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 2.3 1.0 Quiz: 129613.
Subject Headings: Stepfamilies Comic books, strips, etc. Adolescence Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre/Form: Graphic novels.
Topical Term: Stepfamilies
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Jan 24, 2014
  • jennpearson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm about halfway through and might need to give up, not for the story itself (it is really compelling!) but because I chose to borrow the eBook version of this graphic novel. Big mistake, at least for the Kindle version. The author's beautiful artwork and dialogue get missed because some of the conversations are very lightly written on the page or very tiny, making it difficult to read in electronic format. I find myself going back several pages at a time to see if I missed something. I'll need to check out the physical copy to finish the rest and give my poor eyes a break.

Aug 16, 2012
  • katbehrend rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a pretty compelling, dark and quirky graphic novel.

Jul 17, 2012
  • sylas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not much of a fan of graphic novels, but I really enjoyed this one.

Jul 01, 2012
  • jvanhoy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the most haunting comics I've ever read. Excellent use of the medium to convey what it must feel like to be adrift in your own world while the real world marches on past you.

Sep 26, 2009
  • quagga rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wow! A great coming-of-age story told in black and white graphic novel format. Perry and Ruth are teenaged siblings who are mentally ill. Their elderly grandmother, 'Memaw' - this is set in the American deep south - lives with them and is also mentally ill. Perry sees a tiny wizard on the end of his pencil who forces him to draw for secret mission purposes. Ruth hallucinates swarms of insects as well as keeping, and continually placing into order, jars of them in her room. Ruth eventually gets diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (and has to take 6 pills at a time) but Perry's doctor just says that he is under too much stress.

There are funny parts, like where their biology teacher tells them that, thanks to the PTA, "to keep my job, I can't say anything rooted in scientific theory." Memaw tells Ruth that she understands about seeing things that other people don't. "I see god, after all... over by the back door." Ruth says, "WHAT--" and Memaw says, "just kidding."

There are lots of downright tragic elements to this story. It is remarkable in that it is much more than a tale of coping with mental illness, however. It is about the way that we get on with our lives in the best way that we can, no matter what challenges we face. Parents are fallible, as are teachers and police officers.

I was a bit baffled by the surreal ending the first time I read it but liked it even better upon a second reading.


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