She’s lonely and searching for connection. He’s lonely and afraid to reach out.
Life in the big city means being surrounded by connections—making them, missing them, and longing for them. But is finding someone else really the answer to their problems?
Crushing, the stunning debut graphic novel from Sophie Burrows, is a story told in silence; a story without words but bursting with meaning; a story about loneliness and love.
Achingly beautiful, quietly defiant, and full of subtle wit and wisdom, Crushing is a unique meditation on the human condition in the twenty-first century, and a timely examination of young adult life in an age of isolation.
“A story told in silence. A story without words.” That is the first thing that piqued my interest when I heard of Crushing. A stunning debut graphic novel from award-winning writer, illustrator, and comics creator Sophie Burrows.
The perfect book is the one that lets the reader interpret the story instead of laying it all out. Crushing takes it a step further allowing the reading to interpret the art. It is a book each of us would interpret differently. And would relate to in a lot many ways. More so in the current times than ever.
At its heart, it is a story of two lonely souls yearning for human connection. The quiet when surrounded by the cacophony of city life. A tale of near misses. All with a dash of wit and sometimes dark humor. As the two characters navigate through life, the struggle with loneliness is relatable. We have all been there. It is difficult to slot the story into a genre. It is not about romantic love but two people finding a genuine connection. That is the charm of the book for me.
Another charming aspect is the depiction of true-to-life instances. Whether it is stuffing your face with food while absently switching channels. Or the feeling of being a misfit. As if looking from outside in. There is an undertone of depression although the author did not build upon it. Again, left to the reader to interpret.
The graphic novel is quite unlike others. The pencil art in duotone (gray and red) is simple but equally stunning. Perfectly bringing out the emotions without the use of words. As an artist myself, I loved how the author used the color red across the book. Whether to highlight the protagonists in a crowd. Or strong emotions and important events. Beautifully done.
I read the book right away when I received the advanced review copy back in October. And was blown away by its simplicity and yet powerful impact. On a reread recently, I picked the nuances I had missed earlier. The tiny details, the play of colors. It is definitely a book I would be returning to again and again.
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I would like to thank Algonquin Books for providing a digital copy of the book for the blog tour. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Sophie Burrows an illustrator and author based in London. She earned her MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, where she spent time nurturing a love for comics and writing and developing her own children’s books. Besides drawing, she loves live music, trashy television, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Her first picture book, Ig and Og and the Other Frog, was published in 2020.
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