Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Hello Books Lovers,
things are becoming critical again in Italy, and actually across Europe, but we hope to never return to the situation in March. My advice is to go out only if necessary, obviously going to school or work does not count, and always wear a mask and take the right precautions. I know well that many say that there are many more deaths per year from other diseases, but here we are talking about the same virus that has affected the whole world in the same period as never in the history of humanity had ever happened with other epidemics, and of consequence is not to be taken at hand. Because of those who don’t believe it, other people die so please be careful as I try to be myself.
That said, what is your current reading? At the moment, apart from trying to follow the grueling lessons of the university 8 hours a day and trying to read as much as possible in the remaining time of the day, I am reading among the many titles, Seasons of the storm by Elle Cosimano actually coming out today for Rizzoli, together with the second volume of To sleep in a sea of stars.
Another book out today, for the Oscar, is Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, an author much loved all over the world for her many different titles, such as Fangirl or Wayward Sons. Pumpkinheads, however, is not at all similar to her other books because it is a graphic novel with wonderful Halloween-themed drawings, perfect for these days.
I pause for a moment taking up the drawings. I liked them a lot, they are a joy for the eyes, the colors, the landscapes cared for down to the smallest detail, and the characters outlined in each curve make everything fit into the orange and greasy world of Halloween. Our characters, Josiah and Deja, are seasonal friends. They work together every Halloween in the same field of attractions, at other times of the year they don’t see each other, but here they are best friends. They love to work together, but this will be their senior year because next year they will both be in college.
It is the last year to be able to work together and do all the things they have never done, like visiting attractions or trying different foods. But another thing that Deja tries to make come true at all costs is to get Josiah to talk to his 4-year-old crush. The whole book will ultimately revolve around this, find the girl from the candy stand and talk to her. They go around the whole field, arriving almost at closing time because it happens when the two arrive at the place where they are told that the girl of the candy is she instead has been sent somewhere else.
In the end Josiah gets there, but after 4 years of expectations will it really be as he expected it? He can always count on Deja, however, his best friend with whom he wants to stay in touch even during college. The best scene in this book is the final one where he and Deja share a sweet.
A short, quick-reading graphic that I absolutely recommend to everyone, without exception. I know that now I will reread it, let me know if you will read it too.