Though they’ve been around for awhile, I’ve only recently discovered graphic novels. Some disregard graphic novels as real reading, but I can totally see how reluctant readers could latch on to this genre and go with it. And they’re definitely engaging, bringing the reader in through text and pictures.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect with Cardboard. It turned out to be fantasy and it was very intriguing. Even though the ending was predictable (somewhat), I found myself not putting the book down. I wanted to finish it so I could check my predictions. I really enjoyed Smile. I think because it was autobiographical in nature, I found it much easier to connect to the characters. And while I never wore braces, the book totally took me back to the trials and tribulations of junior high.