Genre: Graphic Novel, YA Contemporary
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: 5th September, 2019
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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 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?
I loved Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, so I was intrigued when I saw she was writing a graphic novel with illustrator Faith Erin Hicks. I don’t really read graphic novels – I own one, and I’ve read manga before, but it’s not something I’m particularly interested in. But since Rainbow is a queen of YA books, and the art is so pretty, I knew I had to give it a go.
I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed Pumpkinheads! I read it in under an hour, and it was so nice reading a graphic novel because unlike with a regular book, I didn’t have to be completely focused on it to stay with the story. The illustrations were really good – I’ve been ready for autumn since summer began, and now I’m looking forward to Halloween even more because of it (so many pumpkins!).
If your mind’s busy and you need something easier than a book to read, a graphic novel is the way to go. It was entertaining and enjoyable, and had me hooked from the first page to the last. I’d really love to see Rainbow and Faith work together again!
Overall, Pumpkinheads is a cute, lighthearted read with lovely art and a sweet storyline. It’s arguably the most perfect graphic novel to read during Autumn, so I definitely recommend it!