Sheets & Delicates by Brenna Thummler

Sheets by Brenna Thummler

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Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This graphic novel might look cute and cozy at a glance, but the main focus of the story is about grief. Our main character Marjorie lost her mother last summer and now tasked with taking care of the family laundry while her Dad swallowed up by grief. She’s really close with her mom and we saw how hard this loss affected her life. Meanwhile, Wendell didn’t really fit in with the ghost town as he mourned the life he could have. Despite the heaviness of the topic, Sheets managed to discuss it with so much compassion and empathy. It’s very well written that we can see and feel how grief affected each different characters.

I wish we got to see more of Marjorie and Wendell’s friendship, but I love what we got here. It didn’t start really well since Wendell’s activities made Mr. Saubertuck’s jobs easier, but it all worked out in the end. I love the connection between them, how they try to understand each other and the amount of trust they have. I also love the parallels Wendell and Marjorie have. It still has some hints of sadness and grief, but overall their friendship just works.

Overall, Sheets has a cute art style and wholesome friendship, however it also show us how grief affected different people. It gave me warm feelings but also made me shed some tears. I get why this book gain so much hype and based on my experience, it’s very well deserved.

Delicates by Brenna Thummler

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Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is.

Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as “different” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it’s like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I received an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I love Delicates more than Sheets because for me, this one hits even harder than the first one! In this book, Marjorie managed to befriends the “popular” kids at her school at the expense of her conscience and how she treated others. I love how the topic of bullying is handled delicately and with compassion: it shows the dynamics and struggle of school life but doesn’t absolve Marjorie from the role she played either. It slowly let Marjorie and us as readers understand that what she’s doing, as a bystander, is also hurtful and majorly impacts Eliza. It also shows how this new friendship and guilt affected Marjorie and her relationship with her family and Wendell. The book shows Marjorie character’s development as well as Eliza’s, and I love how the ending didn’t solve everything and remove all the hurt, but letting each characters involved to grow as a person.

I highly recommended this duology for everyone: it has beautiful art style, cozy setting and friendship, and yet managed to tackle heavy topics such as grief and bullying perfectly. It made me laugh and smile, but it also made me cry and feel for the characters. Surely one of the best in terms of writing, art, and characters!


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