Down-to-Read with Daniela: Stitches by David Small
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Genre: Graphic Novel, Non-Fiction, Award Winner, Memoir

Story: One day fourteen-year-old David Small awakens from a supposedly harmless operation to find his throat slashed and pieced together, leaving him a virtual mute.

My Thoughts:
Wow, the illustrations in this graphic novel are spot on! They exude a very cinematic feel. Small captures the most intimate and often lonely moments of childhood exceptionally well. Not only are the sketches incredibly realistic, but the story also holds it’s own. Small suffered through a less than idealistic childhood, and the trauma he endured at the hands of his disaffected parents is truly harrowing. The ending is very shocking and it’s hard to articulate the feelings that it creates in the reader.

Borrow Stitches from your local VPL library today!

For another compelling coming-of-age graphic novel, try Blankets by Craig Thompson.

4 Replies to “Down-to-Read with Daniela: Stitches by David Small”

  1. Ruthanne Says:

    Another good one is Happy Fun Home by Alison Bechdel!

  2. pacinid Says:

    Hey Ruthanne! Is it called Fun Home: a family tragicomic?

  3. Ruthanne Says:

    Yes, that’s the one. I obviously didn’t do a rigourous title search of any kind before commenting!

  4. pacinid Says:

    Yeah… I figured it out $alt_text I’m reading it now actually. It’s pretty interesting!