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Book Love by Debbie Tung Review

I have been wanting to read this comic collection ever since coming across it on social media. This short collection is about a young adult who enjoys reading. It covers various experiences with books, reading, and book-related interactions. This collection is in a watercolor-like style and is in all black and white.

But usually with comics in this format, the main focus (other than the art), is the comedy. Does the humor hold up?

Sometimes. The jokes try to be relatable and it was easy to agree with many of her moments. I related to many of the character’s experiences, including the one shown below:

On the other hand, I feel that some of the jokes do not land, mainly due to repetition and similar punch-lines. I also disliked how the character seemed to look down on others who prefered to read digitally. There was also another instance where a very sensitive topic was used in a humorous way. Although this was a minor instance and brief mentioning of a rather touchy subject, I disliked the comedic take on it. If you would like more information on this minor content warning, Story Graph has further information. Story Graph is similar to Good Reads and I may make a post in the future about it!

I liked how the artist combined both simple and detailed styles within the comic and it felt well-balanced. But because the comedy is one of the primary focuses of this book and the jokes were hit or miss, I’d say this would may be best to lend through a library or borrow from a friend, before deciding to add it to your shelves.

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