I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer
Published by Zest Books on September 3rd 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
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Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time and the unease—as well as excitement—that comes along with that challenge.
This summer was the perfect time to read Little Fish, a book that reminded me of my own college experiences. My little sister is now embarking on her own adventure in college, and I’m excited that we will only be 30 minutes away instead of 90 minutes. Change is the name of this school year for me as well, as my school implements new standards, we adopt new technology and I try out many new things. Enough about me for now, back to the book.
I love that Ramsey is a list maker, as this is one of my own compulsions. I loved reading through her different lists. The story itself ran through in graphic novel format with these collages and lists scattered within. Ramsey is entering her first year of college and knows it will be quite different from the life she is used to living. Going from a small town to a city is quite a change, one I made myself and ended up leaving after a semester to come back home.
This book really has something for everyone, the friendships, the love interest and I felt we were somewhat of kindred spirits. I thought about exploring art myself in college and never ended up pursuing it as I had so few years actually being an artist. Ramsey’s illustrations are wonderful and really capture the personalities of herself and her friends and family.
As a fan of graphic novels, I think that this was a longer read than most, maybe due to the journal entries and longer, indepth lists throughout the book. I think that readers resistant to graphic novels will appreciate this one and relate to the characters easily. I think this format is the best for memoirs as it really puts you into the character’s shoes and see more of the world and experiences.
Final Verdict: Definitely a book that will be added to my personal collection and revisited in times of reflection on the past. Ramsey’s story is one that I can relate to and makes me realize more about my own past and future.
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