I told myself that I was done with graphic novels (after all, I’ve read a ton of them recently) but then I saw this on display at my library and impulsively checked it out. I read it in one sitting that same night and… it was fine, I think?
I guess that I expected a book about ghosts and a haunted house to be at least a little spooky. This wasn’t really spooky. It also wasn’t particularly romantic or particularly deep. I think my favorite part was Greg’s struggle to come to terms with his father’s new girlfriend moving in. (I’ve been there and I get that.)
I also understood Greg’s reluctance to accept Layla, his best friend, dating his former bully and his annoyance at his town’s constant flow of roadside attractions. I felt like both of these ideas were brought up and kind of swept away with little resolution. I especially wish that the conflict with Layla had been dealt with better since it seemed to me that Greg had a really legitimate complaint and Layla just didn’t care.
Overall, I guess I just wish that the book would have looked at the issues it brought up in a little more depth, but the art was cute and it was a quick read.
Have you read Cast No Shadow? Can you recommend any good spooky graphic novels?
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