Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator)
Published 8/27/19 by First Second Books
ISBN: 9781626721623 (Paperback)
Genre – YA Contemporary: Graphic Novel
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 for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?
If you want to read one of the cutest graphic novels, then pick this up at once! It’s the perfect time of the year to do so. This is probably my favorite graphic novel to date, even though I’ve given other graphic novels five stars. I know it makes little sense but hear me out.
I commend Deja for her motivating escapades to help Josiah have a better last night at the pumpkin patch. I could tell that he isn’t easily pleased. He wants everything to be perfect and how they should be—afraid to take risks.
I also understand where Josiah is coming from. I am an introvert who likes to play by the rules; I’m not a risk taker. I often hold myself back. It’s easy to leave things alone. There is nothing wrong with that.
Josiah is a sweetheart, and the girl he had a crush on should have given him a chance. She was such a brat! I wasn’t expecting her to be that way.
I was happy with the ending, but I found it to be very abrupt. The ending was sweet, but I almost didn’t want it to happen. It seemed very forced, which is why I dropped it down a star.
Overall, I loved the characters and their witty banter. I loved how cute and festive the art was. This made me want to visit a pumpkin patch immediately. I wasn’t a fan of the ending, but it’s still a great read. I would buy it and read it again in a heartbeat.
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