This was, without a doubt, the most enjoyable reading experience I’ve had this year. Every single page was a god-damned delight.
Do I need to say more?
OK. Well. This is Rainbow Rowell, so if you love her, you’re going to need to read this. It reminded me a lot of her short story “Midnights,” except that this is about best friends who love Halloween instead of Best Friends who love New Years Eve.
Deja and Josie work at an amazing Pumpkin Patch (honestly, if this is anything like the Patch that Rainbow Rowell says inspired her, I will get on a plane and go to Nebraska as soon as the leaves start to change. I NEED TO GO TO THERE.). Because they are seniors, this is the last year they’ll probably work together, and tonight is their last night.
Josie has had a crush on the cute girl who works in the fudge shop for years, and Deja has convinced him that tonight is THE night, the night when he’s finally going to go an talk to her.
And so the two friends make their way through the Pumpkin Patch, eating delicious (I MEAN, COME ON. THESE SNACKS ARE TOO MUCH.) holiday snacks and trying to find Fudge Girl. And that’s it. But what more do you need, when you are in such good hands?
The story is the literary equivalent to your comfiest hoodie — cozy and warm — and the artwork is fun and bright and totally looks just like fall (don’t worry, Faith Erin Hicks, I didn’t forget you!).
I loved this little book and my only complaint, as I previously mentioned when faintingviolet reviewed this, is that it isn’t longer. I could have read this for days.
CBR11 Bingo: #illustrated