CBR11 BINGO: Youth
I LOVE Rainbow Rowell. I don’t think that any other writer captures what it feels like to fall in love the first time like she does. Her books are engaging, sometimes desperately bittersweet and always honest. While I am not so patiently waiting for “Wayward Son” to be available, I snatched up her brand new graphic novel to tide me over. It’s also the first day of Fall, so this seems fitting.
Deja and Josie have been working at the local pumpkin patch’s “Succotash Hut” for three years. About to start their senior year in high school, this is the last year that they will be working together. On their final shift before the “Patch” closes, Deja decides that Josie needs to finally talk to the “Fudge Shoppe” girl he has been mooning over for three years. When it turns out that she is working at a different stand that night, Deja and Josie go on a wild goose chase around the Patch to find her. Hilarity ensues!
Everything seems to stand in their way. Mixed up schedules, the large Halloween night crowd, a renegade goat, a corn maze and a snack stealing kid all interfere with Deja and Josie’s quest to find the fudge girl. Along the way, both their friendship and their relationship to the Patch become clear. On the brink of moving away to college, they are both already missing each other, the “Succotash Hut” and the festive snacks. So, so many delicious sounding snacks as scootsa100 and faintingviolet also mention in their reviews. I need to know if “Pumpkin Bombs” are a real thing and where I can procure them in my geographical area.
Rowell and Illustrator Faith Erin Hicks do a great job capturing this single moment in time. One night in a pumpkin patch when anything is possible and everything is an adventure.