Author: Rainbow Rowell
Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?
I've enjoyed a couple of books by Rainbow Rowell. However, this one was just fair reading to me. It wasn't my favorite book by her - though it certainly had it's merits.
Faith Hicks art throughout the book was lovely and well done. I really enjoyed seeing her work throughout this book.
The dialogue was good, and the banter between the friends felt real. I appreciated that even though Deja and Josiah only saw each other 2 months out of the year, they still had this great friendship with each other. Friends don't need to see each other every day to still have a good relationship with each other.
I thought it was a little odd that they would be able to just leave their post at work and run around the entire evening without getting reprimanded. I mean, sure - it's their last night and they are teenagers who want to have fun. But when you're at work, you should be doing your job? You can still find a way to have fun without just abandoning your job.
The theme for the book was super cute. I liked how fallish it is - Autumn is the perfect season after all! Fight me - I dare you.
Since this book was so short (in the sense that it only took place over the course of a few hours) there wasn't really room for much character development. That being said, it *was* nice to see that Josiah had the chance to meet his crush - the fudge stand girl - and realize that she wasn't really his type after all. I won't say anything more than that, because you should find out how cute the ending is on your own.
Overall, this was a perfectly cute fall read. If you like graphic novels, and Rainbow Rowell, you'll likely enjoy this book.
If you have already read this book, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!