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Everything, everything, de Nicola Yoon – Ember, mars 2017.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Autant j’avais beaucoup apprécié The Sun is Also a Star, autant ce roman ne m’a pas emporté. Je me suis attachée à aucun des personnages, et l’histoire ne m’a pas ému plus que ça. Je suis restée à côté de cette histoire, à côté de cette rencontre, à côté de cette romance, à côté de cette folle envie de se sentir vivante ressentie par Maddy. La fin, avec son énorme rebondissement, m’a tout de fois bien surprise, je ne l’avais pas vu venir. Mais ce fut une lecture trop mitigée, trop inégale pour l’apprécier pleinement.

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Wrinkles, de Paco Roca – Fantagraphics Books, 2016.

Retired bank manager Emilio, suffering from Alzheimer’s, is taken to an assisted living home by his son. Confused and disoriented by his new surroundings, he finds unexpected support in his roommate Miguel, a brash rogue and overconfident ladies’ man. Together, they employ clever tricks to keep the doctors from noticing Emilio’s ongoing deterioration — and keep him from being transferred to the dreaded confinement of the top floor of the facility. (“Better to die than to end up there.”) Their determination to stay active as individuals and maintain their dignity culminates in a nighttime escape and joyride and adds a dash of adventure to their otherwise tedious day-to-day routine. While for some residents, the home is a place to wind down their lives, for Emilio and Miguel it becomes, in a quirky way, a new beginning. With echoes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Cocoon, Paco Roca squarely addresses the fears of growing old and isolated in a work infused with remarkable humor, humanity, and sensitivity. Wrinkles was adapted into an award-winning international animated film in 2011, with Martin Sheen and Matthew Modine voicing the main characters in the English version. Wrinkles swept all the top Spanish comics awards, including the National Comics Award and Best Spanish Comic Strip and won Italy’s Gran Guinigi Award. Paco Roca won the Goya Award for his screenplay adaptation for the animated film, in addition to other international awards for his work as a comics artist.

Un roman graphique très émouvant sur la maladie d’Alzheimer, sur la vieillesse et la solitude aussi. On suit l’évolution de cette terrible maladie à travers le personnage d’Emilio, qui intègre un jour la maison de retraite, alors qu’il se croit encore en activité. La dure réalité va le rattraper, petit à petit, avec des moments douloureux de clairvoyance parfois. Il est entouré et soutenu par Miguel, résident et camarade de chambrée. Tous deux refusent de se laisser aller, et cherchent la moindre occasion pour avoir le sentiment d’être encore vivants et surtout présents. Les planches et les dessins de Paco Roca reflètent une certaine douceur, comme un signe de respect envers nos anciens. A lire absolument !

  

Gaijin : American Prisoner of War, de Matt Faulkner – Hyperion Books, 2014.

With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly learns that his home is no longer a welcoming one. Streetcars won’t stop for Koji, and his classmates accuse him of being an enemy spy. When a letter arrives from the government notifying him that he must go to a relocation center for Japanese Americans, he and his mother are forced to leave everything they know behind. Once there, Koji soon discovers that being half white in the internment camp is just as difficult as being half Japanese in San Francisco. Koji’s story, based on true events, is brought to life by Matt Faulkner’s cinematic illustrations, which reveal Koji struggling to find his place in a tumultuous world—one where he is a prisoner of war in his own country.

Nous avons visité le Manzanar National Historic Site l’année dernière. Du coup, quand je suis tombée sur ce livre à la librairie, j’ai eu envie de le lire. C’est un moment sombre de l’Histoire américaine qui est évoqué ici ; celui pendant lequel un très grand nombre de Japonais, ou de personnes ayant des origines japonaises, ont dû tout quitter, après l’attaque de Pearl Harbor, pour intégrer de force des camps d’internement (comme celui de Manzanar en Californie). Certains y sont restés des années. L’histoire de Gaijin est celle de Koji, un adolescent américain, dont le père est japonais. Il va devoir intégrer un camp, avec sa mère qui ne peut se résoudre à l’abandonner. Un roman graphique émouvant doté d’une très belle colorisation.

  

Forbidden, de Tabitha Suzuma – Simon Pulse, 2010.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right.

Quel CLAQUE ce roman… Jamais encore je n’avais achevé une lecture dans un tel état… Je suis encore à terre… Je cherche par où commencer, quoi dire, quoi écrire, quoi penser… Je suis totalement perdue face à cette histoire… Les émotions ressenties sont très nombreuses, très fortes, si fortes… Jamais un roman ne m’a fait affronter une telle situation, une telle intrigue, un dilemme pareil… Aller jusqu’à accepter l’inacceptable ? … Tout est chamboulé…  Un livre qui me hantera bien longtemps c’est certain. Mais un livre à lire absolument (en VO) !

Drama, de Raina Telgemeier – Scholastic, 2012.

 

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

J’ai retrouvé avec plaisir le dessin de Raina Telgemeier. L’intrigue est sympathique, les personnages assez attachants, et on suit avec un certain plaisir la création de cette pièce de théâtre.

Ragdoll, de Daniel Cole – Ecco, avril 2017.

William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after months of psychological assessment following allegations of a shocking assault. A veteran of the force, Fawkes thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene and leads him to a career-defining cadaver: the dismembered parts of six victims sewn together like a puppet – a corpse that becomes known in the press as the « ragdoll. » Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them. The final name on the list is Fawkes. Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him – and his past – than anyone realises.

Dès les premières pages, on est emporté dans ce roman qui nous offre une enquête riche. Les personnages sont savoureusement complexes (mention spéciale pour Wolf !), mais pas autant que l’intrigue, qui peine parfois dans un rythme un peu trop ralenti à mon goût, comme un début prometteur qui se meurt et qui m’a lassé. Je suis un peu déçue par cette lecture dont j’attendais bien plus après avoir lu de nombreuses critiques dithyrambiques. Un bon premier roman tout de même !

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.

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