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In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.… (more)
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Jarrett grows up in an untraditional family. He is told in school to draw a picture of his parents, but his mom is in rehab recovering from an addiction, and his dad is absent from his life. Jarrett is raised by his grandparents. This story follows what it is like to come from an untraditional home, and shows how Jarrett works to reconnect with both his parents throughout his schooling.
  Jessica0614 | Jun 3, 2021 |
This is the memoir of a cartoonist so of course it's a graphic novel. The story was very touching. He had a rough life and I knew that in some way it would turn out all right but seeing how he got there was a worthwhile journey. The art was not as crisp as you might expect from a comic artist but the watercolor fuzziness underscored the memory aspect of the story and the fact that as a child he wasn't always sure what was happening. Just a good experience over all. Definitely read the notes at the end. They were very satisfying. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
Read it in one sitting. Very engrossing and evocative. ( )
  RachellErnst | Jan 5, 2021 |
Written and illustrated by Jarrett, this memoir tells the story of his childhood. He was raised by his grandparents, due to his mother's addiction, and didn't meet his father until he was 17 years old.

The frameless format is pretty cool, as are all the "artifacts" scattered though out the book. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
Really enjoyed Jarrett's story of growing up raised by his grandparents. I loved seeing how family members, his teachers and friends helped him cope with difficult situations, and how his love of art was supported by others. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
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In this deeply vulnerable, moving graphic memoir, Krosoczka, well known for his popular Lunch Lady series, recounts his sometimes troubled childhood, spent largely with his grandparents; his struggle to maintain a relationship with his heroin-addicted mother; and his gradually developing love for making art and comics. His grandfather officially took custody of Krosoczka when he was not yet five years old, and it wasn’t until much later that his learned about his mother’s heroin addiction and imprisonment. Life with his grandparents—a hard-drinking couple who bickered constantly—wasn’t always easy, but his grandfather was a stalwart supporter of his artistic aspirations, and he slowly realized that the atypical family he ultimately collected (even eventually his father, whom he finally met late in his teen years) could be enough. Krosoczka’s brushy, expressive artwork, incorporating snippets of his childhood drawings and letters, beautifully conveys the difficult circumstances of his upbringing. There’s a tender quality to his graceful line work and muted color palette, which adds to the compassionate way he depicts his family, even when he can’t count on them. A closing author’s note fills in additional backstory and helpful context, including the ultimate, heartbreaking result of his mother’s addiction. There have been a slew of graphic memoirs published for youth in the past couple of years, but the raw, confessional quality and unguarded honesty of Krosoczka’s contribution sets it apart from the crowd.
 
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In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

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