Graphic Novel Review: Will and Whit

Graphic Novel Review: Will and WhitWill & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
Published by Amulet Books on May 7th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 194
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Wilhelmina “Will” Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

Laura Lee Gulledge’s signature visual metaphors will be on full display in this all-new graphic novel, a moving look at shedding light on the dark corners of life.

Will and Whit is a graphic novel I had heard quite some buzz about and having read her previous graphic novel, I was esctastic when I found it at the library. Will has lost her parents recently and lives with her aunt and finds solace in her artwork. She crafts lamps of many different varieties to keep things lit in the dark. Ever since the tragedy, she has feared the dark, feeling shadows close in on her.

I love the way that the illustrations depict her fears, like shadows are swarming around her. With the help of friends old and new, she finds herself immersed in a new way to share her artwork and her feelings. When the storm Whitney hits, she faces her fears of being in the dark. I absolutely loved this story, a touching and healing story of losing those you love and what happens in the aftermath.

Final Verdict: The illustrations were stunning and I will gladly look forward to anything by this graphic novelist. A great story for teens to read that love graphic storytelling.

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