Last week I started reading this graphic novel called Real Friends. It is written by Shannon Hale, and illustrated, by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham have worked together (along with Dean Hale) on the Princess in Black series. I think that it is really cool that they worked on Real Friends together, too!
I love this graphic novel, and since about a week ago, I have already read it 6 times!
Real Friends is a “sort-of memoir” as I like to call it, because it is based off of true events that happened to Shannon Hale in her childhood, but is not 100% accurate. Some events were altered slightly, some people’s names were changed, and of course, some parts might not have been remembered exactly how it happened. Because, after all, it’s all about perspective...
I really enjoyed this graphic novel, because it takes you through Shannon’s life in kindergarten through the summer before she started 6th grade, and it can be extremely relatable. Real Friends is a story about true friends and finding where you belong. Throughout the story, Shannon gains her voice and realizes who she is. This story is about realizing who your “real friends” are, and who isn’t one. It is about finding not only yourself, but a place where you feel your best.
I think that everyone should read this graphic novel, especially people going through something similar to Shannon, because you might find some kind of safe haven in the book, and situations that you can either relate to, or that you have LIVED through.
I hope you enjoyed my post,