The Teen Review: "Blankets"
This graphic novel serves as a sort of memoir for author Craig Thompson, who hails from the Marathon area himself. It follows his childhood and describes how the people and circumstances of his life shaped his views of religion, love, and art. The story itself is gripping, and other young people are sure to recognize some of the scenes and emotions Thompson depicts. Thompson's take on his youth is both hard-hitting and emotional, fantastical and relatable. The artwork of the novel is also top-knotch. Even the most gritty, realistic scenes are made extraordinary, and emotions are given visual representation that further conveys Thompson's experiences. Overall, Blankets is a thought-provoking, gorgeously drawn work of art.