Author: Brenna Thummler
Genre: Sequential Art/Graphic
Format: e-arc (.ascm)
Publisher: Lion Forge
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Synopsis: Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen-year-old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.
Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.
When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.
Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.
Honestly, I requested this book because of its cover! Look at it! It screams go, go read me! So, I was surprised how it turned out. I was expecting something light and fun. It both was and wasn’t. But in a sense wasn’t.
Let me begin with the theme; grief. Marjorie Glatts lost her mother. She was really devastated about it. And everything seems to be falling apart around her. Marjorie’s father lost because of grief too. A looming business hungry shark coming to claim what Marjorie’s closest memory to her mother, their laundry shop where they also situated and living above Even school sucks, dealing with P.E. class where she lost her interest in. And those bullies aren’t even giving her a break.
And loneliness; A ghost named Wendell, wonders, still in denial of his death tells tales of his untimely death to his friends. Despite friend invitations, he is still alone. A feeling that led him back to the world of the living. When Wendell arrived in the world of the living he found his way colliding with Marjorie. Things started to go down faster the drain for Marjorie and Wendell feeling more alone than ever.
Amazing illustration, the details of each page are great. The consistency of the sequencing theme is commendable. I liked it. The tone of colors complements the plot line’s theme. The illustration shifting from Marjorie to Wendell was great, easy to follow, the flow is natural. The fun illustrated here was adorable. Light at a sense with a deeper meaning. Lovely I say.
Though the story wasn’t enough for me to be stirred off my seat. I find the way it was written as a genius! The concept of the ghost, how it came to it, the passing through, the merging of reality and the paranormal world, the depth of dealing with loss, loneliness, the conclusion. I say, yes.
I adore you, Marjorie Glatts. You’re such an inspiration.
From Brenna Thummler, a heartwarming tale of dealing with loss and recovery.
Disclosure: Copy provided by Lion Forge through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own and doesn’t necessarily reflect the author, the author’s work, the publisher, nor any other group of people. I also did not receive any monetary compensation for doing this review.