27 thoughts on “Home After Dark by David Small

  1. Not a graphic novel that I would usually go pick up myself, but I have to admit that is sounds intriguing. I also like the rather unique setting of the 50’s which is something you don’t featured many times either. I like what you said in your opening paragraph because it really is so true. Without proper guidance you can find yourself getting lost during that time in your life. I have even seen it happen to some friends. As usual your review is totally amazing, and I find myself adding this one to my to read list! 😊

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    1. Yep, it’s a period that I don’t usually see often in literature too, but it’s definitely one that highlights a lot of touchy issues that we still have yet to completely deal with today. Yep. We all seek to have that “mentor” in life, whoever it is (parents, friends, cousins, etc.). Not having one turns life into a challenge and can be quite “dangerous” for some. Thank you so much for your kind words, Michel. I appreciate it! 😀

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    1. Thanks Norrie! Indeed. Sometimes those experiences can help build a person’s character and what they decide to become (in a good way), but support is almost a necessity. But in the end, screw bullies and assholes hehe

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    1. It is indeed not a happy tale. The ending is open for interpretation and doesn’t necessarily answer any questions either. It leads to a reflection of society back then and today. I wouldn’t exactly call it a happy ending since that very reflection highlights issues rather than solutions heheh Thank you so much for reading, Stephanie! ❤

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  2. I feel like I don’t read enough books about adolescent boys and ultimately forget they have their own struggles and circumstances sometimes. It’s always about girls and their issues, and while men always seem to have it easier, until they get there it can be a pretty challenging path, what with all the expectations thrust upon them. I guess every kid goes through different kinds of hardships so it’s always important to get both perspectives.

    I’m glad this was a fascinating tale and gripping enough to earn 4 stars! I’m not a big fan of contemporaries but something set in the 50’s is not really the same as something set in our time so it probably is a bit more interesting than most 🙂

    Wonderful review, Lashaan!

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    1. Hahah yes! All teenagers, boys and girls, go through life-defining and challenging issues throughout those years. I can’t tell anyone who has it harder, but both go through things that aren’t easy on them.

      Interestingly, some of the themes explored in this novel are still pretty omnipresent today, and that’s a scary thing to realize upon reading this graphic novel. But the cruelty of it back in the 50s where awareness was much less on these subjects just makes it much more difficult to swallow and move on.

      Thanks for reading, Sophie! 😉

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    1. They’re all really important and powerful subjects, but I also found that the overwhelming number of them diluted the overall effect of each of them on the reader. If there was a slight focus on a couple of them instead of having them all together, this story could’ve easily tear a person up. Then again, it was still a wonderfully executed story! Thanks Caroline for reading! I really appreciate that. ❤ 😀

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  3. There’s no two ways about it- your review makes this title sounds like a true work of art! The way the story is delivered, the very little dialogue, the themes… I love the sound of it! Wonderful review, Lashaan!

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