Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson's poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence. Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that.
Why we love it: Blankets shows how graphic novels are really designed to tell all kinds of tales, not just superhero stories. This is the kind of novel you can easily be lost inside.
Why you’ll love it: This refreshing take on teen angst beautifully balances the endless possibility of new love and the guilt of family obligation. It’s powerful in its simplicity and heartbreaking in its truth.