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Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Will & Whit (edition 2013)

by Laura Lee Gulledge

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Title:Will & Whit
Authors:Laura Lee Gulledge
Info:Amulet Paperbacks (2013), Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:New graphic novels

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Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

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Loved the illustrations, but the story was just so so. A little...eh, I guess. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
Arrrrgh these YA titles are killing me. This graphic novel was SO cheesy and hokey and well just really, really stupid. The "story" is written for a 4th or 5th grader - does making the characters teenagers and throwing a few curse words in there all you have to do to classify something as YA? Drivel, a waste of $10 but at least this one only took me about 20 minutes to read. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
Summary: Will is a 17 year old girl trying to live a normal life after a tragedy. The problem is she is afraid of the dark and facing her past. She learns that she must move forward and live more fully.

Reflection: Ah!! What a wonderful story. This is a great example of how much graphic novels have to offer. The story had all of the emotion and draw of any standard novel. Great way to hook the struggling or reluctant reader! ( )
  AlinaA | Feb 6, 2016 |
heavy line greyscale semi-realistic cartooning with clever use of page background color. Telling the story of a teenager coming to terms with her insecurities and grief surrounding her parent's death. ( )
  blurble | Aug 17, 2014 |
Will is 17 and a regular teenager, except for the fact that she lost her parents a year ago. She lives with her aunt, Elsie, and helps her run the family business, a quaint antique store. She’s very creative and loves to make lamps with bits and pieces she finds in the store. In fact, it helps keep the dark at bay after the tragedy. At the beginning of the book, it’s almost the end of the summer, and Will is getting ready to go back to school when she learns that a group of youth are organizing an art carnival in town. She would love to be a part of it along with her friends Autumn and Noel. But hurricane Whitney is on its way, and the blackout it generates threatens to swallow Will whole.

This wonderful coming-of-age graphic novel shows the healing power art can have over grief. It also deals with important themes like fears, friendships and love. In addition, Laura Lee Gulledge’s drawings are beautiful, and the dark background outside the panels during the blackout is a nice touch. I especially loved the Will & Whit folk rock soundtrack at the end of the book, as well as the Blue Crush Cookies recipe. The only (minor) flaw in this graphic novel is that Noel and Desmond are sometimes hard to tell apart because they look very much alike. Otherwise, it’s a great read, and I would highly recommend it. No wonder that Will & Whit was named one of the Best Teen Graphic Novels of 2013 by the Kirkus Review!

To read the full review, please go to my blog (Cecile Sune - Book Obsessed). ( )
  cecile.sune | May 7, 2014 |
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Some people are factory-fresh. But me? I'm more of a passed-down sort of girl.
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Wilhelmina "Will" Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.… (more)

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