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Giant Days #1, de John Allison (texte), Lissa Treiman (dessin), Whitney Cogar (couleurs) – BOOM! Box, 2015.

 

Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

J’ai plus que moyennement apprécié ce comics, que ce soit pour son histoire, son dessin et sa colorisation. Je ne lirai pas les autres volumes.

Persepolis (#1) : the Story of a Childhood, de Marjane Satrapi – Pantheon, 2003.

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

Ce roman graphique, racontant l’enfance de l’auteur dans un Iran violent et instable, est saisissant, intense, magnifique, touchant, mais aussi instructif. L’Histoire en planches noires et blanches ! Cette petite Marji est incroyable et forte. J’ai très envie de découvrir la suite de cette vie singulière.

Sunny Side Up, de Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm – Scholastic, 2015.

Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun — it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It’s full of . . . old people. Really old people. Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . .

Un roman graphique aux planches pas très agréables à regarder, mais qui porte une histoire forte. Sunny, éloignée par ses parents de son frère qui doit résoudre son problème d’addiction aux drogues, se retrouve quelque temps chez son grand-père, lequel vit dans un petit appartement au sein d’une communauté pour retraités. Au début, les relations ne sont pas toujours évidentes, mais au fil des jours, le lien familial s’installe vraiment. Grâce aux flashbacks, on comprend mieux ce que ressent Sunny depuis longtemps face à la situation de son frère, et vivre ainsi loin de lui va lui permettre de mieux se comprendre, d’accepter et de dire enfin ce qu’elle a sur le coeur. Une histoire touchante qui évoque habilement ce que peut ressentir l’entourage proche d’une personne qui se drogue.

Ghosts, de Raina Telgemeier – Scholastic, 2016.

 

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.

Une histoire vibrante, sincère et honnête, qui parle de la maladie et de la mort, mais pas d’une manière pesante. Ses thèmes sont présents, bien évoqués, mais tout en n’étant jamais les sujets principaux de l’histoire. La mort devient une partie de la vie, et comme un prétexte pour parler de la Fête des morts, Día de los Muertos. Un livre positif et optimiste. Et une fois de plus une très bonne colorisation.

Thirteen Reasons Why, de Jay Asher – Razorbill, 2016.

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play. Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . . and what he discovers changes his life forever.

Malgré toute la violence que contient ce roman, malgré la dureté des sujets évoqués, Thirteen Reasons Why entre pour moi dans la catégorie « livres incontournables sur l’adolescence ». Il montre avec précision et gravité l’importance des mots et des actions, l’effet que peuvent avoir les rumeurs, les bonnes ou mauvaises réputations, les conséquences lourdes d’une simple remarque, d’un petit geste.  A lire absolument !!!

The Nameless City, de Faith Erin Hicks – First Second, 2016.

Built on an ancient mountain pass, the City is forever being invaded by one nation or another, and every new master gives it a new name. But for the natives, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders. Dreamy, sheltered Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a son of the latest nation to occupy the Nameless City. Cynical, street-smart Rat is a native, and at first she hates Kai for everything he stands for. But Kai’s love of his new home may be the one thing that can unite these two unlikely friends. And they will need to stand together at all costs…because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.

Je retiendrai l’amitié très forte qui se créée entre Kaidu et Rat, et qui devrait permettre à cette cité sans nom un avenir plus serein. Les personnages sont attachants, on les suit avec plaisir au fil des pages. La colorisation est agréable.

  

The Sun is Also a Star, de Nicola Yoon – Delacorte Press, 2016.

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

A lire absolument !!! Derrière cette splendide couverture (déjà !), se cache une romance où il ne se passe pas grand chose mais en même temps tout, l’essentiel. The Sun is Also a Star, c’est l’histoire d’un coup de foudre, raconté merveilleusement de A à Z, et servi par une écriture juste parfaite. Les quatre dernières pages, l’épilogue, offrent une très jolie fin à ce roman. Je suis tout simplement tombée amoureuse de cette histoire d’amour, j’ai été complètement happée par l’intrigue, ce livre m’appelait quotidiennement pour le lire. Je ne l’ai pas dévoré, mais plutôt dégusté, comme un mets si délicieux, si savoureux que je ne voulais pas terminer. J’ai acheté Everything Everything, le précédent et premier roman de Nicola Yoon, et je suis déjà impatiente de le découvrir.

Livre lu grâce au très bon choix de Lisa Parkin pour la Uppercase Box de novembre 2016. Thank you so much!!

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