This novel is definitely one of my personal favourites.
It opened the doors to a world of graphic memoirs which have quickly become my favourite genre.
I highly recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a good story. You don't even have to be a comics reader to be able to get into this one. The illustrations completely capture you and blend so well with the writing that you almost feel like you're watching a movie.
This book does have some adult and sexual themes so I would say that it would be more suited to older YA readers (late teens and up).
Again! I can't recommed this book enough!
"Quaint, meditative and sometimes dreamy, blankets will take you straight back to your first kiss." --The Guardian
Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson's poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence.
Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It's a universal story, and Thompson's vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again.
This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson has created a love story that lasts.