PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks โ€” ๐ŸŽƒ

blog - pumpkinheads by rainbow rowell, faith erin hicksAnother Halloweโ€™en. Another year of reading this graphic novel. Another year of me gushing about this book. You probably know the drill by now.

This is my third year reading ๐‘ท๐’–๐’Ž๐’‘๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’”, the exceedingly charming graphic novel by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (with colors by Sarah Stern). The last couple of times Iโ€™ve picked it up at the very start of the Halloweโ€™en season, feeling its lighthearted tone and quintessentially fall vibes made for a perfect way to kick off October. This time around I opted to wait until the end of the month, for no reason other than that is when the story is set and it felt right. As the weeks passed, I found myself anxious to fall back into it, but it was absolutely worth the wait. Reading this graphic novel feels like a homecoming now. Like catching up with friends you havenโ€™t seen in over a year.ย 

Josie and Deja, our preposterously beautiful protagonists, certainly feel like friends. I always finish this story wanting to read more about them. Rowell ends the story hinting at a Christmas reunion, and hopefully thatโ€™s more than a throwaway line and is actually in the cards because thatโ€™s something I would desperately want.

The autumn ambiance artists Hicks and Stern have illustrated define the season for me now. The images and colors they conjured up are what I see whenever I think of this time of year. Quite the feat seeing as how I live in a place with no proper fall.

Lastly, this book just makes me cry, dudes. โ€œ๐Ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ,โ€ never fails to hit me like a bag of bricks.ย 

๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ด is not remotely spooky. Itโ€™s all heart and mush and feelings, instead โ€” notions not traditionally associated with the autumn months. But it means October to me, still.

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