MY REVIEW: 5 stars
I think the author found a great way to share her experience with having an infant in the NICU by using her combined talents and skills of writing and illustration.
I will admit this is one of the strangest graphic novels I've ever seen. I don't mean that in a bad way. Do other graphic novels on serious subjects exist? I don't know of any! When I think of graphic novel, I think mainly of comics. This seems to be a unique approach to a memoir, which definitely makes it stand out. There are many memoirs out there. This author found a way to get hers noticed that no others (or very few) have done before.
My teenage daughter saw this book sitting on the coffee table and asked me if she could read it. I said yes. She kept it for a while, so I didn't get to read it right away. She was engrossed in it. We had the experience of having a child in the NICU as well, although not nearly as long. My youngest, my daughter's little brother, had to stay for only two weeks. She doesn't remember that time very well; only vaguely. But I think that is one reason she wanted to read this book. She was able to relate to it, and understand a little more what it is like from the parents' perspective, having a baby and not being able to bring it home just yet.
The size of the book is different from most books, and seems to make a good table book. Coffee table, end table - whatever. The illustrations are beautifully done, and help add a visual to the story that words alone do not convey. I enjoyed this, not only the story, but the uniqueness of the book itself.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, only to give an honest review. All thoughts are my own.