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Sincerely, Harriet Review (eARC)

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Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This graphic novel tells the story of a girl with chronic illness (MS) and how she deals with it. Through boredom and loneliness, she leans on making up stories about those she comes into contact with, which initially makes her an unlikeable character. However, as the story progresses, we see more about what she’s experiencing, and we sympathise with her. An example would be how difficult she finds it to make friends, despite relentless attempts.

The sweet relationship Harriet shares with Pearl, a middle-aged woman who lives downstairs, was so fun to read about and it was really interesting to see what stories she picked out for Harriet to read, and her persistence in doing so in spite of Harriet’s resistance.

The representation of minorities in this graphic novel was so seamless, and didn’t at all seem like it was just included for the sake of including it. I felt the hardships of adolescence were sensitively explored, and the importance of kindness clearly displayed.

I have never read anything by Sarah Winifred Searle before now but, from what I’ve read, I’d definitely recommend her to anyone who would like something different to read. As someone who has only read the Tintin graphic novels, I can’t say I’m huge on them. However, Sincerely, Harriet may have opened a door.

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