Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for a sweet, autumnal book about embracing change, taking chances, and exploring an amazing pumpkin patch!
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks
Genre: Graphic Novel- YA Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Unspoilery Blurb (Taken from Goodreads)
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different- Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: what if – instead of moping and the usual slinging Lima beans down at the Succotash Hut- they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over over for three years… What if their last shift was an adventure?
That was such a cute, fallish read! I blew through this book because it was so captivating, and the illustrations were amazing. I loved Deja and Josie! They were so funny and sweet. Their friendship was clearly strong, and I enjoyed their pumpkin patch escapades.
This was the perfect book for this time of year, and it was great because it fills the pumpkin patch-shaped hole that I’m feeling with this weird covid-19 autumn. I have always loved autumn, pumpkins, and pumpkin patch games, so I enjoyed getting into the book! It was cute that the book started with a map of the event, and it was fun following the adventure throughout the story.
This book wonderfully dealt with the feelings of melancholy that come with change. I could feel the characters moving on, but not being sure if they wanted to. That being said, Deja didn’t let them sit around in their sadness, but she took charge and turned it into a grand hurrah. This book was so cute, had a great message, and I loved reading it!
Overall, this was a fun, enjoyable autumnal book that gave me warm, fuzzy feelings and made me hungry for some fair food. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, easy read with great illustrations, a fun plot, and sweet characters.
Deja was sarcastic, funny, and sweet. She was clearly a social, outgoing person, and it was sad to see her missing out on her chance with Josie. That being said, I loved watching her push Deja to take a chance with the girl he likes, and I really did love their friendship!
Josie was paranoid, amusing, and kind. He was such a rule- follower and autumn-lover, and I loved seeing him take charge of his life at the end of the book. They were super cute together, and I was happy when they got together; however, I also feel like they had a really strong friendship and I would’ve been okay with it staying platonic!
I definitely thought the goat was going to play a bigger role in the book, but it was cute to have it wrap up the story with the snack-thief. It was also funny to watch the goat coming through the fair throughout the book!
Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know your thoughts!
Do you have a favorite autumn activity? Mine is probably consuming a variety of pumpkin beverages/ food! 🙃 🎃
Be safe, Stay Strong, and Change the World!!! ❤️🏳️🌈✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻🏳️🌈❤️
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