Thoughts on El Deafo
By Cece Bell
How It Stacks Up...
So What's It About?
Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.
I absolutely loved the characters in this book. They leapt off the page completely and really did make me feel something when they went through their hardships and struggles. I applaud Cece for this because it is very hard sometimes to feel connections with characters when they are in a graphic novel, because you just see the outside of them, not their interior dialogue.
This book's set up and dialogue was both very quick and very cute. I loved the unique story that jumped at you from the moment you opened this book. I don't usually have much to say about graphic novel's "writing", but this one was truly amazing. How the comics were set up didn't talk down to younger kids, who this was targeted at, while still not being super unrealistic.
The plotting in this book could drag super slowly and be super fast paced, but I did really end up liking how the overall story flowed. However, I do wish that the plot had lasted longer and extended into Cece's teenage years. I wanted to see Cece's teenage years, because I wanted to see her growth and how she dealt with things when she was older.
Overall, this graphic novel has everything that I normally look for in a novel, dynamic characters, great setup and execution of the story, amazing, heartfelt writing, and character growth. My only complaint is that the story didn't last long enough.
What about you? Have you read any good books lately? What were they? Have you read El Deafo? If so, what did you think? Tell me in the comments below.