Olive (Olive #1) by Vero Cazot, Lucy Mazel (Illustrator)

Olive, age 17, has a rich and vivid inner life. She has created an imaginary world that she’s able to visit whenever she chooses. But her daily life on earth is shaken up by the arrival of a new roommate at boarding school, who won’t leave Olive alone. And even more upsetting: a mysterious spaceman makes a surprise appearance in her imaginary world! A coming-of-age story that will take Olive far from her comfort zone, as she discovers unsuspected sides of herself and the world around her.

How did I get the book? Netgalley

Genre: Graphic Novel

Review: Olive spends most of her time in her world. A place that is very real for her and one that she doesn’t feel others will understand. The first volume introduces you to Olive, her world, and the struggles she has outside of this.

I don’t really want to discuss the plot too much as I feel this is a re-read friendly graphic novel. Visually it’s beautiful and there is a lot of detail in the panels, especially when Olive is in her world. I think that is worth a second look.

The story does occasionally clunk, and I felt it ended a bit abruptly. I got the impression that because of where it was building (vol.2 and beyond) the first instalment probably has more enjoyment when you link the overall story together.

I still enjoyed this, I just wanted what was “hinted” at to be more from the beginning, and I really adored the art.

Review by: Luna

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