Author/Artist: Sophia Burrows
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: January 11, 2022
Received: Blog Tour
Crushing is a lovely graphic novel written and illustrated by Sophie Burrows, and I personally feel so lucky to have already had the opportunity to read it. This story hits very close to home for many, and I look forward to seeing how well it does.
Crushing is the story of two people who feel very lonely in life. One is desperately searching for that special someone, while the other is too afraid to look or reach out. Together they go on similar yet very different journeys.
We’ve all felt alone before. This story so deeply speaks to that part of our soul; it’s almost unbearable. This feeling is enhanced by the carefully curated panels, which allow for almost no words. And yet there is a complete story unfolding on the pages. It’s evocative and utterly moving.
There were many parts of Sophie Burrows’ works that I loved here. The way she captured raw human emotion, combined with that eternal fear of being alone. The way she designed and portrayed her characters, and especially her choice of colors. It all works together so flawlessly, creating the perfect (haunting) experience.
Thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.