Publish Date: July 18th, 2017
Recieved: Netgalley provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review.
16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds?
Ok… first of all a Peter Pan retelling in Graphic novel format!?! Pure Gold! The second I saw this on Netgalley I had to request it, and you have to know their were a lot of girlish screams involved upon being approved.
This Graphic novel is extremely gorgeous! The artwork is beautiful with a gray-scale for the real world and a bright watercolor deliciousness for how Wendy herself starts to see it. I loved the contrast of color and light and dark mixed together and told a story all of its own. It was striking to see who brightly Pan’s characters were painted and how beautifully it all went together. The artwork was an A++!
The story itself honestly got to me. Wendy’s fight with her family and everyone else that her baby brother was still alive tugged at my heart. In many ways I wanted more of the drama and the tragedy of that sort of loss and even more backlash at Wendy’s conviction that her brother is alive. In fact I wanted more of this story in general at 92 pages it is far too short for a book this good. I wanted to live in it longer and to really bask in all the Neverland glory!
All and all this story is glorious and the lost girl of my heart shines with this books existance. All I can say is that “The Wendy Project” is stunning and I will be wanting more of it and more from Osborne for a very long time.