Lea's Reviews > Chiggers
by Hope Larson
by Hope Larson
When I found this graphic novel in my local library, I was excited and expected an interesting, summer camp coming of age tale. Having never attended camp personally, I was somewhat concerned about relevance, but I've seen plenty of movies and read plenty of books set there with no issue so I did not foresee any huge problem. However, from page one, I could not really tell the characters apart and, frankly, I didn't like or care about any of them. To make matters worse, nothing ever really happened. None of the characters seem to have learned anything, to have grown or changed, to have matured or even, really, done anything except complain and pick on each other. I still don't understand what the title is referring to and I am disappointed that I invested time and energy into a book that never really went anywhere. WIthout giving any spoilers, I can say that the one semi-interesting detail (a seemingly supernatural one) is never explored and ends up just feeling like a throw away. I looked over several reviews of this title to see if it was just me and most seem to echo my experience. The positive reviews seem mostly to refer to the recreation of the camp experience itself and not the actual story or even characters. I waited several months to write this review hoping that distance would give me more perspective but if anything, I am even more annoyed instead.
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