Not a long time ago Eleni from "All over the Place" recommended me the "Lost at Sea". Until then, I haven't heard about it, but when a graphic novel's summary is something like:
"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."
, you know that it will be something unusual. At a time, when you think that you have seen or read about everything, it sure sounds interesting. So, I started reading it, thinking that it will be something great or a total mess.
And I think I did the right thing. Bryan Lee O'Maley writes about a shy teenager, who is embarrassed to open her heart and admit her own feelings. The truth is, it’s so challenging being a teenage. Sometimes the transition from your childhood to your new young adult self can be so abrupt, that leaves you disoriented , trapped in a really dizzy phase. Every strong feeling like rage or a new crush can be multiplied a thousand times and you end up crushed below your own thoughts.
And then, that thing about her lost soul and the cat, which stole it makes a total sense. And it's beautiful. Brian narrates that teen story in such a special. Not in the common way that we have repeatedly seen in the movies, with all the drama and the hysteria, but in a refreshing, a little weird but authentic way. It's sad to get the reminder of how isolated feel the young people sometimes. How they can't find the solution in their own problems, even the smallest ones.
So I believe that is enough deep and really well-written. I recommend it to everyone who was, is and will be a teenager.