Book Review: Crushing by Sophie Burrows

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 160 pages

Published: January 11, 2022 (UK Publication: November 4, 2021)

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (David Fickling Books )

Genre: Graphic Novels, Romance


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.

For a story that has no words, it speak volumes. In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, Burrows takes readers on an interesting journey and discusses a subject that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. A breathtaking story about loneliness and seeking connection. This is more than a romantic story but a story about trying to seek a connection with the world (as busy as it is) on your own terms, I loved the use of the pink color on how the two characters were different from everyone else, but not necessarily in a bad way. Beautiful illustrations combined with a beautiful story makes this one readable graphic novel. This is one unique graphic novel that fans of comics and emotional stories that should definitely not be missed.

Thank you Edelweiss and Workman for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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