FEARBOOK CLUB by: Richard Hamilton

This graphic novel was a fun story that had some pretty interesting characters in it. Was it groundbreaking? No, but it wasn’t awful.

We follow Whit Garcia as he starts sixth grade. He wears a camera around his neck and enjoys taking pictures. Until he accidentally gets a pic of a new possible bully who can’t stand having his picture taken.

The principal is a WOC which was nice to see and she puts Whit in yearbook club. There he meets the Kim twins, his possible bully (don’t worry they’re friends by the end) and the yearbook leader: the eccentric drama teacher who is more interested in his non-existent career than yearbook or teaching.

Like I said, nothing groundbreaking there.

Or with the ghosts. They can be seen through a camera, light messes with them, it’s the usual kind of rundown.

It’s the characters that make this an interesting read. Whit is an anxious kid but his mother is so much worse. I could see how a parent would end up that way. The school has tasked the mother with writing a comfort letter. Something Whit could read should the worst come to pass. It shattered my heart to imagine doing that.

Now, kids have been going missing every year and the principal keeps dropping the word centuries as she talks about her time as a teacher.

So much is rushed and I mean so much. Maybe this story would have benefitted from being a split volume situation. Then both could have been longer and it would have allowed for them to deal with the ghosts and spirits more and in more detail.

Time is a joke in this story. It passes wildly and you only know it has passed because someone says something or there’s a little panel that says “x amount of time later”. And that was honestly the biggest issue with the story. It was short because the entire story had to be wedged into a short format and the ending was harmed by it because it was so fast. All of the pacing was sort of harmed by the fact it was so short.

If it had been two volumes it would have been amazing just because it would have had room to breathe.

Overall I did like the story, I give it a three (3) star rating. Diversity was there which we love but there were just issues with pacing and things that just sort of stopped. Like the principal’s situation was flustering.

All in all, 3 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, I received this arc in exchange for an honest review.

Author:

Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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