Date finished: Sunday 30th April 2017

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

First time reading?: Yes

From Goodreads: “Raleigh doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it — or at least that’s what she tells people — or at least that’s what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip? Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it’s just what she needs — or maybe it can help her find what she needs — or maybe it can help her to realize that what she needs has been with her all along.”

This was a cute little graphic novel to end the readathon with. It’d been sat on my shelf for years waiting to be read. I had no idea why it took me so long to finally get to it but there we are.

It was over too quickly. it felt a little bit like it was over before it really got going, which was a shame because I really quite enjoyed reading it. But then that has a tendency to happen with graphic novels doesn’t it? And it felt like it ended rather abruptly, as though there was more to come which was a bit of a shame.

That said it was fun to read a graphic novel again. I haven’t read one since I read Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” series back when the movie came out, and again I found his artwork to be fun and surprisingly full of life and character. Quite the feat for a format in black and white.

I actually related a lot with Raleigh; she was shy and awkward and had no idea of what she wants or where she’s going. To be fair a lot of kids her age can probably relate. And the fun little by story where she believes her soul is trapped in a cat provided a fair bit of humour in the book as her friends attempt to help her find her soul.

I enjoyed this book. It’s just a shame it wasn’t longer.

My rating: 7/10