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Following the events of the bestselling graphic novel Sheets, Delicates brings Brenna Thummler’s beloved characters, artwork, and charm back to life.

Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is.

Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as “different” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it’s like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most.

320 pages, Hardcover

First published March 23, 2021

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Brenna Thummler

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Brenna Thummler grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania, where she developed a great love for nature trails, peanut butter, and, above all, drawing. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, she was named the Society of Illustrators Zankel Scholar during her junior year. Since graduation, she has done editorial and advertising work for such clients as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Razorfish, and Empathic Films LLC. While Anne of Green Gables is her first published graphic novel, her first original graphic novel is Sheets. In those rare moments she’s not creating art, you might find her dancing, making music, baking cheesecakes, or spending time with kindred spirits.

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Profile Image for Tina Loves To Read.
2,534 reviews1 follower
March 13, 2022
This is a Middle Grade Graphic Novel, and this is the second book in the Sheets series. I have read and review the first book in this series before picking this book up. I love this book so much more then Sheets, but I also really enjoy Sheets. This one does not have the pacing issue that Sheets had. This book pacing was perfect, and this stories build up has you read it. I loved the characters in this book, and the message in this book is so important. I really loved the message in this book, and I also feel this book was so well done. The drawings in this book was so great, and I love the colors in the pictures. The ending of this book was so great, and I hope there will be another book in this series. I also think my daughter will enjoy this series as well.
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429 reviews594 followers
November 5, 2022


In book two of the Sheets graphic-novel series, Marjorie Glatt's life is getting a little more complicated. She still misses her late mother, but she has no choice but to grow up and move forward. Her father, whose debilitating depression in Sheets led to neglect of Marjorie and her little brother, is more energized. Wendell the cute ghost also plays a more significant role in Marjorie’s life, although not always in ways she’d prefer.

Delicates is different from Sheets in these ways and several others, and I appreciated that author Brenna Thummler didn't retread any old ground. It does, however, rely too much on teen social tropes. This book introduces Eliza, Marjorie's classmate. A reserved, lonely kid who feels invisible, she's an avid photographer determined to capture the invisible on camera: ghosts. She's also the daughter of the well-liked swim teacher, though this association doesn't benefit her. Predictably, Eliza is the "weirdo" student shunned by peers too immature to appreciate and respect her passion and independent thinking.

Perspective shifts back and forth from Marjorie to Eliza in an equal split, and their lives intersect continually.

I liked this book and rated it the same as Sheets, but its focus on adolescent friend drama does make it less original. The middle-school years can be awful, but surely authors can avoid falling back on the same old themes of dysfunctional cliques, shunning, and loneliness. Even if such sorrow is relatable to many, it isn't to all (and those who do relate might long for some realistic fiction that lets them escape it). The rich and varied stories one can find in graphic novels for adults are harder to find in those for tween and teens, yet there's a lot that can be said about characters this age. Sheets's original combination of bereavement and ghost friend make it pleasingly different and show that Thummler can think outside the box. She showed off some of that in Delicates by focusing on two different kinds of middle-school misery--but the fact remains that the book contributes to the middle-school misery cliché.

This graphic novel is more reflective than others in the sub-genre, though. Marjorie shines as someone whose inner life is marked by maturity and a willingness to ponder and identify what she stands for. Such a tendency toward self-examination shows readers how they can be. The symbolism of Eliza’s passion for ghost photography is inventive, if obvious to adult readers. Many will relate to and be inspired by how she marches to the beat of her own drummer, and many will relate to and be inspired by Marjorie’s struggles to align her actions with her conscience. There’s a little more here for more readers, and despite being less original than Sheets, Delicates is touching and expands the story in a constructive way.
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576 reviews300 followers
August 11, 2023
i'm pleased to say that while it's thematically heavier than its predecessor, sheets, this graphic novel is a much better read!

we have a new character, eliza, who is a social outcast but finds solace in photographing ghosts. she feels like a ghost herself, and suffers through bullying from marjorie's group of friends.

while the mean girl bullying trope feels trite, i appreciate the complexity of marjorie's role in the situation. she doesn't actively bully eliza, but she is complicit and doesn't put a stop to it. it's eventually acknowledged that this complicity is a form of bullying too, and marjorie shares responsibility. it's cool to see her growth as she becomes more compassionate to both eliza and wendell.

marjorie's family's grief has progressed since the last volume, and while it's no longer the main focus of the story, it's nice to see the passage of their angst and healing.

the book also feels much more sophisticated and mature than sheets since it doesn't have a cartoonishly cliche villain. the coloring is beautiful, as in the first book. we have many moonlit nighttime scenes, which match the darker themes of the book.

and again, i love the adorable ghostie art. wendell is so funny and cute! if there's another sequel then i really hope it will be a return to the ghost towns. i find the ghosts far more interesting than the humans, and i want more of wendell!

ghosts in the sky
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1,575 reviews1,842 followers
June 8, 2023
In a Nutshell: The second book of the Sheets series. Covers some powerful themes this time as well, but doesn’t handle them with equal impact. Darker and slower than the first book. Not a standalone.

Story Synopsis:
Now that Marjorie’s laundry is running well, her life has changed. Wendell the young ghost is still among her best friends, but as Marjorie is finally accepted by the popular kids, she feels torn between wanting to be “cool” and following her heart. When Marjorie begins to ignore him, Wendell feels even more invisible.
Eliza Duncan, Coach Duncan’s daughter, also feels invisible. Though an avid photographer, her obsession to photograph a ghost and her “weird” behaviour makes her the target of jokes and bullying.
The story focusses on Marjorie, Eliza and Wendell, and their struggles of fitting in.

This graphic novel continues from the events of Sheets - the first book in the series, and hence shouldn’t be read as a standalone.

In many ways, this sequel is similar to the first book. Both begin slowly. Both cover important themes. While the first was more about mental health and grief, this one focusses on common teenage problems such as the desire to be accepted by the popular kids, bullying, and the dilemma of doing what your popular “friends” say though your heart isn’t in it. The artwork left me feeling the same as well – I liked it but it didn’t blow me away.

In a couple of ways, this sequel improves upon the first book. There is no comedic villain this time, but a rather realistic enemy in the form of peers who stifle your voice and shame you for your choices. The artwork also reflects this change, becoming darker and sharper.

In some ways, the sequel delivers less than the first book. Wendell and his fellow ghosts, along with the ghost world, were the highlight of the first book. Their presence lent a uniqueness to the plot. This time around, the story feels relatively ordinary. The ghostly presence was not as much as I would have liked. Also, the characters were more relatable earlier and we actually felt sorry for them. Not this time.

Marjorie’s character arc, for instance, is challenging in this plot. From being a girl who felt like a ghost in the first book to treating a victim of bullying as a ghost in this edition, her life has turned a full circle. It was disappointing to see her behave this way because she was such an impressive character in the earlier book. To a certain extent, her portrayal is realistic. When she openly lies and breaks promises to keep her reputation intact, and tries to suppress her own wishes to cater to the popular gang’s commands, you actually feel the struggle the teenager is going through. But I think most readers would be rooting for Wendell and Eliza instead of Marjorie in this story. Marjorie didn’t behave well for most of the story, but got away with no comeuppance.

Another issue was with Coach Duncan’s behaviour. He came across as a caring and perceptive teacher in the first book who did his best to help Marjorie without making her feel pressured. Even his wife was understanding towards Marjorie’s emotional needs. But this time, both of them are oblivious about their daughter Eliza’s problems at school. They dole out impractical advice without giving her a patient ear or attempting to understand her struggles. It was frustrating to see a great teacher-character being reduced to this unidimensional, clueless parent.

The slowness and somewhat repetitive themes in the initial half are compensated to a certain extent by the ending. The final 25% or so delivers satisfaction on most counts. The only main issue with this section was one character’s intent to suicide. Must suicide be a part of MG works?

Once again, I read this with my little one, and neither of us liked it as much as the first book. While I appreciated some of the themes and teen Marjorie’s genuine struggles to be accepted, my daughter, who has yet to reach that difficult age, found the story “boring” and “not at all funny.” I guess the first book’s balance between humour and seriousness led us both to believe that this would be the same.

2 stars from the kiddo. (Which is a record low - she has never rated any book below 4!)
3 stars from me.
Averaging the two, and rounding down because Boss Baby didn’t like it enough.

Onto the final book. Hope it goes better! (It had better be better - It’s an ARC!)

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Author 2 books193 followers
January 16, 2021
Delicates is the sequel to Sheets, which I have not read. I had no problem reading this, however, the book quickly brought me up to speed - mainly that Marjorie, a schoolgirl, found out her parents' laundromat is hiding a large group of ghosts, who manifest themselves by wearing one of the cleaned sheets (ghosts classic style). One of the ghosts, Wendell, died at a young age, and he has a special friendship with Marjorie.

This book focuses more on another girl in Marjorie's class, Eliza, who is a bit of a loner. Eliza loves photography, and she wants to photograph ghosts - probably because she feels some kinship to the idea of ghosts, of being invisible to other living people. Eliza gets relentlessly bullied (by a group of girls who only recently accepted Marjorie), or maybe even worse, gets continually ignored.

The book slowly cranks up Eliza's personal drama, and it seems to careen to an inevitable and horrible ending, if it weren't for Marjorie, and Wendell especially.

Delicates is a sensitive, funny look at teenagers' lives, and the very real problems they encounter. It is about finding out who you are, and how you fit into a world that seems to not want you (the world is wrong).

The art is great, and the colouring is fantastically subtle stuff, softly resonating with the story.

(Kindly received an ARC from Oni Press through NetGalley)
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610 reviews5,660 followers
July 3, 2021
I didn’t love this as much as Sheets due to the fact that we hardly had any time with Wendell, but the art and color schemes still blows me away with each passing page.
I’m forever in awe of Brenna’s style and attention to detail in each panel.
Profile Image for Katie Colson.
676 reviews6,903 followers
October 5, 2021

THE ILLUSTRATION! Stunning yet again. This artist is perfect for me. The colors are lush. There are pages I just stared at in awe. They tell a whole story with no dialogue needed. I can't tell you how much I love this artist.

I wish Wendell had been a bigger part of this story. His character in this installation is basically the annoying little brother who comes in every once in a while to pull the main character's pigtail then run away giggling. Only for you to realize in the end that he is much more aware than he seems.
That is such a waste of an amazing character who brought so much to the story in the past. What a shame.

I really enjoyed the introduction of Eliza Duncan. Her father is a king and I'm obsessed with him. But Eliza's storyline added so much to the emotional depth of this series. She is 'strange' and everyone knows it. Obsessed with ghosts and failing 8th grade. Always the outsider. But what is hard to tell by everyone but Wendell is how alone and lost Eliza is. She feels hopeless and out of patience. Wendell takes it upon himself to connect with her and reach out to help her before it's too late. I was so surprised that the book went in such a dark direction and I love Thummler for it. Wendell handles the situation perfectly and the topic is handled deftly.

I didn't root for Marjorie that often in this book but I can understand her motives and lack of fortitude. It makes sense but it wasn't a joy to watch or read her complacency.

Still highly recommend both graphic novels. Just didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first.
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6,040 reviews2,390 followers
March 16, 2021
Everyone has ghosts. I think we all need to learn that there's no shame in letting them out.

Thummler is back with a fine followup to her 2018 graphic novel Sheets. Marjorie is growing up, and finding new friends to hang with, and her old pal, Wendell, is really missing her. It's rough being a ghost when your best friend would rather spend her time with the living. This go-round is just as enjoyable as the last, with new characters, and an important lesson about bullying.


*A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this one.
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235 reviews2,097 followers
October 24, 2021
I am emotional at the moment 😭

So, so, so good. The tenderness & understated handling of bullying is remarkable here. I definitely welled up upon finishing; it’s 100% a heavier read, but also 100% relatable & worth it.

I could feel the sting of rejection Eliza & Wendell are faced with & I could relate to Marjorie’s desire to have the “right” kind of friends at her age. Marjorie was frustrating at times, but she acted like her age & I so appreciated that. She made real mistakes & remained quiet when she shouldn’t have, but I loved how that’s reality unfortunately, and how can we learn to be better if not by seeing reality so painfully portrayed as the ugliness that it is? Also, Eliza’s mother needed a little kick in the pants, am I right??

This should be required reading for grades 5-8! So moving, so precious, so needed 🙌🏼♥️
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501 reviews87 followers
February 16, 2021
i enjoyed this book so much more than the first book. the illustrations are super gorgeous and breathtaking! i loved the lessons that the author tried to teach in this story, i.e, it's okay to be weird as long as we are true to ourselves, it's NOT okay to bully someone, and it's okay to follow your passion even if it means photographing ghosts.
December 14, 2020
Oh my heart! I absolutely loved this graphic novel! All. The. Feels. Marjorie runs with a clique that is not so kind. Hurt people hurt people is something I like to remember. Eliza is an amazing young girl who is passionate about photography and the paranormal. She doesn’t quite fit in at school. She tries to make connections but is just turned away. She and Marjorie find themselves with a mutual friend and unlikely hero. A story of compassion, empathy, forgiveness....be true to yourself and standing up for what is right. All people matter. No one should feel so alone. The illustrations are fantastic. The colors are something else! Just so lovely. Every picture is so detailed. You can feel each characters emotions vividly. A great read that is so incredibly relatable. Just beautiful in every way possible. So thankful to read this one.
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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992 reviews533 followers
December 27, 2020
A heart-touching story captured amidst a mildly haunting premise of a young girl — Marjorie — beginning middle-school with a bunch of her ghost friends in tow and another, quite odd but endearing, girl — Eliza — trying to capture ghosts through her photography passion. Continuing down the path of the first book, Sheets: where Marjorie is grieving the loss of her mother and trying to save her family's laundry business, with the help of a young boy's ghost, from a man who wishes to set up a hotel in its place, Delicates also delivers on the emotional aspects but through the extremely important themes of depression, bullying, and being or not being who you really are when the world asks you to fit in.

Beautiful artwork that takes the cold-blue vibes from the first graphic novel in the series is accompanied with the absolutely realistic portrayal of how the pain of being bullied, being alone, being invisible is overwhelming when the kindness and empathy you expect isn't awarded. Perfect for every demographic, but especially for teens who need to be reminded that purposeful confinement in a box of acceptable personas shouldn't be demanded nor delivered in the name of belonging to a school's social circle — and a note of mental health.

↣ an early digital copy received via netgalley but review remains uninfluenced. ↢

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October 23, 2020: I loved Sheets so much, I'm READY FOR another amazing comic by the author!
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1,011 reviews213 followers
January 28, 2022
story 3,5 stars
art 4 stars . coloring 5 stars

Despite not having read the first part of this story -Sheets-, I was able to follow it, with this 13-year-old Marjorie about to enter eighth grade, still feeling the loss of her mother, an absent father, a little brother, and working on the family laundromat where friendly ghosts manifest themselves wearing sheets.

Here we follow the vicissitudes of Marjorie, trying to keep friends (although they are not the best, it is better than being alone), the typical group of popular and mean clique , going out with the boys, and preventing them from knowing that she 'sees dead people'. From what I have inferred, the ghost-friend Casper er Wendell was important to her while she suffered more, alone, and here she leaves him aside to relate, of course, with the living.

But an important part of this story is Eliza, the strange girl fond of photography who seems obsessed with taking a picture of a ghost.


From the beginning it seemed to me that Eliza seemed like a girl who was going to be Asperguer, which leads me to wonder why her parents have not done more to help her, especially if your daughter has an obsession with the dead and the supernatural, right? Wouldn't you look for a psychologist in their place? especially considering that the father is a teacher? (they are trained for that)


So here the story wanders through the themes of loneliness, feeling invisible (to the point of feeling like ghosts), bullying, depression, and ideas of disappearing... Ideas with whom many can empathize.


Yeah it's hard to live.


Esta vez en castellano:

historia 3,5 estrellas
arte 4 estrellas. colorear 5 estrellas

A pesar de no haber leído la primera parte de esta historia -Sheets-, pude seguirla, con esta Marjorie de 13 años a punto de entrar a octavo grado, aún sintiendo la pérdida de su madre, un padre ausente, un hermanito , y trabajando en la lavandería familiar donde fantasmas amistosos se manifiestan vistiendo sábanas.

Aquí seguimos las vicisitudes de Marjorie, tratando de mantener a los amigos (aunque no son los mejores, es mejor que estar sola), el típico grupo de camarilla popular y mezquina, el salir con chicos, y evitando que sepan que ella 've gente muerta'. Por lo que he inferido, el fantasmita amigo Gasparin...er Wendell fue importante para ella mientras más sufría, sola, y aquí lo deja de lado para relacionarse, por supuesto, con los vivos.

Pero una parte importante de esta historia es Eliza, la extraña chica aficionada a la fotografía que parece obsesionada con retratar a un fantasma.

Desde un principio me pareció que Eliza parecía una niña que apuntaba a ser Asperguer, lo que me lleva a preguntarme por qué sus padres no han hecho más por ayudarla, sobre todo si su hija tiene una obsesión por los muertos y lo sobrenatural ¿verdad? ¿No buscarías un psicólogo en su lugar? ¿especialmente teniendo en cuenta que el padre es un maestro? (están entrenados para eso)

Así que aquí la historia deambula por los temas de soledad, sentirse invisible (hasta el punto de sentirse como fantasmas), bullying, depresión e ideas de desaparecer... Ideas con las que muchos pueden empatizar.

Sí, es difícil vivir.

Profile Image for Emma.
931 reviews887 followers
October 21, 2020
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so glad I got the chance to read this graphic novel.
It's the sequel to Sheets and even though you can completely understand the story without needing the first book, I still recommend you do read so that you can grasp what is going on with the ghosts at Marjorie's family laundry business.

I felt like in this book Marjorie was taking on even more responsibilities and her father was no help, especially at the beginning of the book. I understand he's going though grief, but so is everyone and a young teenager should not have to shoulder all that burden alone.
Wendell was adorable and I'm so glad he got the opportunity to come out of his shell and also of the house.
I really enjoyed Eliza as a character and seeing her deep passion for photography was very nice.
Since I might go into spoilers if I say more, I just want to point out that I deeply appreciated how this graphic novel deals with themes like bullying and suicidal thoughts. It's an unfortunate reality of our world and it's important to talk about this stuff so that we might all be able to prevent it from happening to someone.

Overall, it is definitely a read that I recommend!
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179 reviews293 followers
April 3, 2021
⚠️TW: ableism⚠️

i really enjoyed the first book. this one? no.

note to people everywhere; stop using the word ‘spaz’. stop writing it. just stop. that word made my primary school experience a nightmare because i have uncontrollable muscle spasms (they were much more often when i was 5-10 years old than they are now that i’m 18, but i do still have them) which meant i was regularly called that by my classmates. i don’t care if it the person who used that word in this book was the bully that we’re supposed to dislike, there are so many other insults the author could’ve used that aren’t ableist. i’m not fucking kidding. it ruined the entire book for me because it was SO CLEAR that eliza was neurodivergent so watching her get called that word really pissed me off.
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201 reviews213 followers
December 14, 2020

What a beautifully illustrated story.

Delicates navigates sensitive topics with tact and discernment, carefully stringed together and brought to life through the lives of Marjorie, Wendell and Eliza.

Too bad this is the last installment, I would've really love to keeping coming back to this universe with the ghost on the Human World.

thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Profile Image for Rod Brown.
5,551 reviews197 followers
May 1, 2021
How do you follow up a book about death and grief? How about bullying and suicidal thoughts?

There's a higher proportion of heavy stuff in this sequel's slow and melancholy slice-of-life take on eighth grade, but it does still have a friendly ghost wandering around in the background generating "awwws" like a neglected puppy. Main character Marjorie Glatt is a bit frustrating to follow as she meanders about and slowly learns some lessons, but I did like getting to know new kid Eliza Duncan.
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Author 27 books2,536 followers
January 31, 2023
This beautifully drawn sequel introduces a new character, Eliza, who was held back a year and is now in Marjorie's eighth grade class. She's a passionate photographer who believes in ghosts but has never seen one, and she is teased by exactly the same kids who made fun of Marjorie the year before. Marjorie, who has somehow ended up in the in-group, is torn between defending Eliza and protecting her new status as part of the popular club. The story unfolds slowly, with the fantasy elements woven in so neatly that it no longer seems strange that Marjorie's laundry mat is full of the cheerful dead. Marjorie feels like she has to keep the ghosts a secret, and never mix the two halves of her life. But people both dead and alive can get powerfully lonely, and the desire to be seen and understood is universal.
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318 reviews286 followers
February 25, 2021
Im once again in absolute awe from how gorgeous this art is!!! It’s so pretty with breathtaking colors and I love it so much!!!

I thought this book was so much heavier than the first one. While it did have it’s wholesome moments, (wendel is simply the cutest ever), the majority was focused on Eliza, one of Marjorie's classmates as she deals with being bullied in school for believing in ghosts.

I really loved the story overall and the messages it conveyed and i'm really hoping there will be a third book!!!

thanks to netgalley for approving me for the arc!!!
August 7, 2023
I have a theory, not a scientifically-backed one, that the second book in every series tends to be the weakest. While I haven't read the third book yet, I like the first more.

I really enjoyed the character Wendell, the ghost sheet, in the first book, and was disappointed to see him have a smaller role in this one. Overall, the story itself was good, about a new character named Eliza Duncan and lots of teenager drama.

Thanks to Oni Press via NetGalley for ARC, I have given my honest review.
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244 reviews
September 22, 2023
So unfassbar gut! Ich will es einfach die ganze Zeit umarmen. Kann ich dieses Buch bitte als beste Freundin haben? ❤️
Profile Image for Iben Frederiksen.
300 reviews177 followers
June 26, 2022
★ 3.5 Stars ★

I really liked Sheets, so I was super excited to read this one. I loved following Marjorie and Wendell, but I'll admit I didn't care much for Eliza, and found it a litte annoying that her story took up so much of Delicates, when I really just wanted to read about the other two.

I wouldn't mind a third book in the series though!
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846 reviews929 followers
March 28, 2021
4.5 stars

Wow - this graphic novel was a lot darker than I expected and packed a massive emotional punch. I was in tears at about 85-90% of the way through (if you've already read this, you'll know what I'm referring to). TWs: bullying, mention of suicide, loss of parent (mentioned), racism.

Delicates follows the same MC Marjorie Glatt whose Laundromat is the hang-out/residence for ghosts (including the beloved Wendell) <3 and in this book we see her not as the bullied but as one allowing bullying to happen. I must say reading Delicates did really upset me at times and reminded me of my own school days :(

We have another 'MC' of sorts in Eliza Duncan - a girl who is labelled a 'freak' for her hobby - photographing ghosts. What really frustrated me is that no-one wanted to understand Eliza's hobby or spend time with her to get to know her and remove their ignorance and prejudices; Tessi and the others were completely happy to bully Eliza for having a unique and singular hobby, and to make her feel small and unimportant throughout.

Elsewhere we see Marjorie now having to 'assume' (I use this term loosely) the role of her deceased mother at home since her father's way of dealing with grief is to keep cleaning/tidying the house, which I do understand, but from Marjorie's perspective it isn't seen as helpful and Owen her brother is also still struggling to come to terms with the loss.

I can partly forgive Marjorie for being pretty horrible to Wendell throughout the vast majority of this book because of her circumstances and the pressures she feels both at home and in school to 'fit in' and be one of the 'popular' kids, yet I can't completely forgive her. Wendell continues to be a lovable, helpful and curious ghost who really only wants to have a friend who he can learn from and have fun with but all we see is Marjorie snapping at him, telling him off and forcing him to hide away because she doesn't want to be labelled a 'freak' like Eliza has. I also cannot excuse her allowing the bullying to happen - it takes her a long time to finally stand up against and speak out about the horrible treatment of Eliza and really it's only when something serious is on the cusp of happening that Marjorie fully sticks up for Eliza.

That all being said, Thummler does a brilliant job in capturing high-school life and gives a painfully accurate view of bullying and the need to conform which is still so prevalent in modern society. Her artistry and use of colours is once again an absolute delight to behold and the use of the title throughout to refer to different aspects about our reality, our perceptions and our lives is also superb.

I will say though that there wasn't enough Wendell throughout in my opinion...perhaps Thummler may do a Wendell-only publication in the future...? Here's hoping!
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1,109 reviews144 followers
January 15, 2022
Life is a precious thing, dearie.
It has skin that can feel.
And feet that can dance.
And hearts that can love and be loved.
And are loved, sweetheart.

There is so much heart in these comics. Probably because it talks about death and life and teens going through very hard moments in life. This follows Marjorie who in book one meets Wendell, a ghost. I was in the minority while reading book one, I liked it enough, but didn't love it. This time around I was reading as fast as I could and devoured it in almost one sitting. (*Only because I had plans to eat with a friend. If not I would have read it all in one sitting.) It was so good. Tessi makes another appearance and even though I dislike her so very much she did redeem herself a bit at the end. Very little though. She has a long way to go for me to like her. Marjorie is the one that blew me away on this one. She was so upset with herself for letting her new group of friends bully Eliza, the new kid and teacher's daughter (yikes). She finally, even though terrified, does something about the bullying. She stood up to her new "friends." I was cheering her on!

I also like how realistic it was. She didn't become the hero. She didn't know what to do. She told Eliza's parents. She reached out to the adults. This situation was more than a talk could handle. I'm glad Eliza is getting professional help.

I also really liked the colors. The artwork was beautiful.

This comic is perfect for teens. It's perfect for anyone dealing with life. I forgot to mention Marjorie's little brother and dad. The whole family is still suffering the loss of their wife and mother. It was so sweet to tie it all together with pictures. Eliza loves to take pictures and wants to start a photography club at school. And Marjorie finds boxes of pictures her mother took of them all and even an old camera with film still inside it. When I tell you this comic has heart I mean it. It's full of so many layers and I loved the experience...because it was a beautiful experience.
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546 reviews1,045 followers
October 18, 2021
TW: suicide, bullying

- art style was amazing
- loved Wendell
- could really sympthasize with the characters
- a middle grade graphic novel dealing with important issues

- you don't really need prior knowledge from book one to enjoy this
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443 reviews114 followers
January 23, 2021
An awesomazing sequel to Sheets!

In fact, it’s even better than Sheets. Beautiful artwork. And it has an interesting but meaningful plot with excellent coverage of some the most important issues that teenagers face such as bullying, suicidal thoughts and also the importance of standing up for one’s friends.

Overall, I just loved it. Highly Recommended!

Thank You to NetGalley and Oni Press for this ARC!
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592 reviews101 followers
July 12, 2023
Again, such a poignant and moving graphic novel! This book is especially so important for young people experiencing mental health crises - it shows how there is no shame in asking for help, the importance of talking to the people you love and who love you about how you feel. It was really touching and I felt so strongly for the characters, especially Eliza - I just wanted to give her a hug! The artwork is once again absolutely stunning, and this installment of the series focuses less on grief and more on the pain that comes from bullying and loneliness, including an aspect of suicidal ideation. I do wish this installment had featured the ghosts a bit more prominently? Wendell and the other ghosts were present of course, but it didn't feel like they were as major a part of the story as I would have liked them to be, especially as Wendell is my favourite character!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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244 reviews60 followers
December 14, 2020

This mistake happens to me too many times, only upon picking up the book I received from Netgalley do I realize it’s a sequel. But thankfully this one can be read as a sequel.

I don’t read many graphic novels but this was such a good one. The illustrations were so cute and lovely and the whole story was very heartwarming and wholesome.

It is a story about Marjorie, who has just started 8th grade and is a newly member of a clique. But, no one knows there is about 20 sheet ghosts in her laundry room and they are her best friends. If they knew that, they would probably make fun of her, just like they do with a quiet girl, who is always chasing ghosts.

This graphic novels seems light and fluffy but it actually deals with some serious issues beyond the surface such as bullying, death of a family member and even suicidal thoughts.

It once again brought up the very important topic of bullying and how it’s never okay to do it because you never know what kind of issues someone has in their personal life and how all those cruel words could affect them.

The little ghost story is so cute and ties this all together perfectly, but to me the main topic of this friendship and how, when you have someone by your side, everything feels easier.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel and it was good for me to read something different from what I usually read. I feel like this would be a great series for kids and teens because it does deal with some topics almost all of us struggled with in school, so it can be helpful and inspiring.
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3,283 reviews262 followers
July 17, 2021
Will this graphic novel make an adult woman cry? Why yes, yes it will.
I absolutely adored this title just as much as the first book in the series, Sheets. Brenna Thummler has such a unique illustration style, and her color scheme transports you back to the 1990s where the story takes place.
Marjorie, the main protagonist, has even more character development from the first book and really grows. I loved the character Eliza, a new addition to the story, who is obsessed with ghosts and paranormal photography.
Delicates is an important book that touches on sensitive topics including loss, depression, and suicide. I truly hope this is not the end of their stories as I need more Eliza, Marjorie, and Wendell in my life. I highly recommend you pick up this series. -Jenny L.
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