Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review: The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop

I received this courtesy of SwitchPress through Netgalley in return for an honest review

{Rating- 5 stars}

“Maybe I’ll just sleep forever.”

The Isobel Journal is a portrayal of life as a teenager told through single sentence pages, photos, drawing, and collages. 

I read this book in less than half an hour, and only wished it lasted longer. Since it’s told through photos there was no definite plot, however, I could still understand what Isobel was going through, what her emotions where, and how she was maturing. There is only around a sentence per a page and sometimes less than that, and the verse goes from being quite basic to developing a poetry to it, showing Isobel maturing and growing as the book goes on.

This book is mainly drawings, so I completely understand an aversion to buying it. But, if you are really against spending money on, you should at least see if your local library has it, because it’s a really fun read. This said, I am definitely going to buy myself a copy soon, because I would love to be able to flip through the pages and see the images in real life, not on a screen. 

The Summary:

“Just a girl from where nothing really happens.”

Isobel is a girl living with her father, step-mother, and three siblings. She learning to make her way through being a teenager. The book is really relatable. A good chunk is just her saying random, quirky facts about herself and a lot of them where facts about me too. The book starts out when she’s a bit younger, but quickly moves into her being a teenager. At the beginning it focused mostly on the good of being a teenager.

“I love discovering bands-it feels like a special secret.”

But she soon is exposed to many of the negative aspects of being a teenager. She starts to become more aware of physical appearance and of who’s she’s friends with. 

“Do you ever see those super cool looking girls in the street and you wish you could make them your friend-“

She also deals with first love and first heartbreak. Since there’s lack of words in the book you can imagine all the character as people in your life and get to think up their personality a bit, yourself.

“I want to plant forget-me-nots in your mind so you think about me all the time.”

But despite this, the book was ultimately about being happy, and surviving your teenage years joyfully.

“It’s just important to surround yourself with good people.”


The Isobel Journal is Perks of Being a Wallflower told through drawing, collages, and photos!

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