Review for Layers: A Memoir

Review for Layers: A Memoir

Layers: A Memoir  Pénélope Bagieu, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Adult, Young Adult, Girl lying on a carpet surrounded by papersI received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

I was so excited when I got the mail that I was approved for this graphic novel! I just love Pénélope Bagieu’s works and I just had to read this one!

In this black/white memoir we get 15 short stories about her. About childhood, awkward teenage years, and the first steps to adulthood. It was a really good read and I loved that instead of it just being one big story it was multiple stories featuring multiple themes and facets of her life. From the first one which is about her cat and how she got it to getting boobs and being happy but also getting way too much attention or that one about her constantly sucking her fingers and how nothing helped… well until one visit to someone. Teehee. I really liked the stories and they were very interesting to read. I loved how open and honest she was and not skipped any details that may be too much or too awkward, nope she shares it all.

I love the illustration style, quite a bit different at times from what I am used by this illustrator. But it fitted right with this graphic novel/memoir.

I love that, unlike so many graphic novels that are out, that this one takes place in France. That we read about things from France. Like apparently there were topless ladies dancing on tv? That just made me laugh so much.

I think the only critique I would have is that I would have rather had it in order of age, not from childhood to adult to teen to childhood etc.. It was still a good read, but for me it was just a tad chaotic.

Also, be warned of some of the stories. Like the one of the sleepover and what happened to her there.

All in all, I am very happy I got the chance to read this book! I would recommend it.

Star rating, 3.5 stars

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