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Briony Hatch

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Briony Hatch hates reality.

She prefers the fantasy world of her favourite novels: The Starling Black Adventures, in which ghosts are real and you can cast magic spells to defeat your enemies. In her real life, Briony's parents are getting divorced and her friends are preoccupied by losing weight and shagging boys. Worst of all, Briony has almost finished the last ever Sta
Paperback, 127 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Limehouse Books (first published September 12th 2013)
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel, ya
Coming of age GN about an outsider young woman who's obsessed with a HP-lookalike book series. She's heartbroken when the last book of her beloved series is over and really really wants the magic world to be real.

This is a great example of great storytelling paired with unimpressive illustrations. The book feels like something a teenager drew themselves - occasionally the drawings feel more professional, but that's more the exception than the rule.
I read this right after attempting to read ano
Dave Schaafsma
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-women, gn-ya
Penelope and Ginny Skinner create this pretty great story about a girl who aspires to be a psychic/wizard who lives primarily in her room preferring the fantasy of a Harry Potter-type series she has been reading to Real Life (which means school and "friends" who are not really so nice to connect with and her parents' divorce). She has image issues (she sees herself as fat and ugly) though she is curious about whether real boys may have something over fantasy ones… And then she sees, after failin ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't like many graphic novels. This one is perfection. It pulled on my heart strings, made me laugh, and made me sigh with nostalgia. I have two favorite lines in this book. "I will never find a magical kingdom in the back of a wardrobe. I will never get an owl inviting me to Wizard School." I also like the line at the end, "this isn't the end of the story. It's just where you have to stop reading."

The only negative thing I have to say is that the unflattering nudity was a bit off-putting, b
Daisy May Johnson
Briony Hatch is a slim graphic novel, coloured in black and whites and reminiscent of something doodled in pen and ink on the inside of an exercise book. It's definitely a story of two halves; the intense teenage ennui of life and the struggle of Briony to figure out where she fits in, coupled with a rather intensely poignant (and sardonically true to life, oddly enough) tale of love and ghosts and regrets. Overlaying both stories is Briony's devotion to the book series 'Starling Black' and her ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Oh good, another book to reassure me that my strangeness is shared with others! I may not go as far as Briony, but fandom is definitely in my blood. Is it normal to totally obsess and fantasize about magic and favorite, not-real characters? I don't know about normal, but it happens! Briony LOVES a character in her favorite book series. Her life revolves around it. So when the final book in the series comes out, and she finishes reading it, then what? Everyone tells her to get her head out of the ...more
Sometimes a book is more than just words and paper. She is a friend. You want to be with her. All the time. You share her secrets. She is always there when you need her. When you're with her the world is a magical place... and nothing else matters. — Briony Hatch

I am not sure what about this made me pick it up. I didn't go looking for it and other than being a graphic novel it is outside my usual reading habits. It is an odd read. Despite its brevity, I almost stopped reading more than once, p

Brie Cheeese
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I laughed my ass off when I was reading this book. I can relate to Briony's obsession over her favorite fantasy series as I am still not okay that I didn't get my Hogwarts letter when I was eleven. Oh god, her reading in class while the teacher droned on about dates killed me. Her doing spells in her bedroom wearing nothing but her underwear and her bathrobe (which subbed for a cloak for a magical cloak I think?) killed me. I loved how she was drawn with her hair all big and her belly hanging ov ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet, supernatural book involving a devout reader and her ability to exorcise spirits. It's humorous, and heart felt. ...more
Niamh Lusson
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
2.5 stars
Ashley Kempkes
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gn
Amazing- a story about how a girl turns goth 😂
Matti Karjalainen
Ginny ja Penelope Skinnerin muodostaman sisarustiimin käsialaa oleva "Briony Hatch" (Limehouse, 2013) on sarjakuva teini-ikäisestä Briony-tytöstä, joka on pahasti koukussa Starling Black -nimisestä manaajattaresta kertovaan kirjasarjaan, eikä sen vuoksi ole aivan sinut reaalimaailman kanssa.

Ei sillä, että reaalimaailmassa kauheasti hurraamista olisikaan: masennuskausi runtelee, aikuistuminen hermostuttaa, vanhemmat ovat eronneet, lapsuuden paras kaveri on muuttunut aivan kuin toiseksi ihmiseksi
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This was mildly entertaining, although it felt like two different stories. The first part felt real - the palpable loss of a really good book series is something many readers can relate to. The next part - ghost story was a little weird and just seemed not to quite gel with the first part. All said, it was just okay.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
BRIONY HATCH is charming in every way, a fantastic comfort-read for a lazy afternoon. If you were a childhood bookworm, you'll relate to Briony right off the bat. Her discoveries about herself are, again, charming and it's really fun watching her believe completely in her power and Get Stuff Done.

Recommended for anyone who likes whimsy, smart girls, & friendly ghosts.
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good little, coming of age, teen, GN. Teen on the outside looking in, obsessed with her favorite book series, has a crush on goth record store boy. Throw in a couple of ghosts and we have ourselves one decent read.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I thought this graphic novel did well in capturing what it was like to be an obsessed reader. I did not like the supernatural elements as much as the "reality."
Heather Layne
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I could identify with Briony, especially 14-year-old me. It went a direction I wasn't expecting. The art was cute. ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
by the numbers self-esteem-discovery via ghost story that has amateurish but at least consistent art, and not lazy art, either. just needs a bit of polish.
This bit of fun for Adult-Olivia would have been very comforting in my oh-so-awkward teen years.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very cute story and good illustrations. I look forward to more of the story......
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, comics
This was pretty cute. I wish it would have gone more into Briony's depression and have her actually cure it instead of relying on ghosts to cure it, but it wasn't bad. ...more
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, graphic-novels
a quick afternoon read. the story was a bit typical, but i enjoyed it anyway. the art style, however, really didn't do much for me

teenager!me would have really liked this, though. especially after the harry potter books had ended :'(
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