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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 d 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. Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.


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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 d 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. Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.

30 review for Sheets

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    It has been a long time since I've read a graphic novel where I left it FEELING something. Don't get me wrong, I love graphic novels and I think they're so fun, but few really have left an emotional impact on me. I'm leaving this one, feeling the mark of that impact. (or should I say "stain", since our main character works at a laundromat?) I loved this story to pieces. I'll admit that I felt emotionally drained by it, because our main character is dragged through life. From the loss of her moth It has been a long time since I've read a graphic novel where I left it FEELING something. Don't get me wrong, I love graphic novels and I think they're so fun, but few really have left an emotional impact on me. I'm leaving this one, feeling the mark of that impact. (or should I say "stain", since our main character works at a laundromat?) I loved this story to pieces. I'll admit that I felt emotionally drained by it, because our main character is dragged through life. From the loss of her mother, to supporting her family, and the crippling loneliness that consumes her. It covers some heavy things, but it was worth making my way to the end to see how everything turned out. I really hope Brenna Thummler continues to create books like this, because I need MORE.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Catriona (LittleBookOwl)

    Rating: 3.5 stars In Sheets we follow Wendell, a ghost wearing a sheet, and Marjorie, a young girl running her family's laundromat. At first, we jump between their two stories but eventually, they weave together. This is such a sweet read, both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I absolutely love the colour palette - the illustrations are truly stunning! I did find the pacing to be a little off. The start is slow, but I actually really liked this. I enjoyed getting to know Marjorie, and seeing how sh Rating: 3.5 stars In Sheets we follow Wendell, a ghost wearing a sheet, and Marjorie, a young girl running her family's laundromat. At first, we jump between their two stories but eventually, they weave together. This is such a sweet read, both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I absolutely love the colour palette - the illustrations are truly stunning! I did find the pacing to be a little off. The start is slow, but I actually really liked this. I enjoyed getting to know Marjorie, and seeing how she moved through her life. Then 3/4 of the way through, it's like a switch is flipped, and the pacing quickens and speeds towards the end. I thought it wrapped up a little quickly, and I was hoping to spend a little more time savouring the resolution. That being said, Wendell's perspective was definitely my favourite. The pacing was a little more consistent when we follow him, and I really loved the concept behind the ghost world and how they interact with the living world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I loved this book soooo much! I added to my favorites! It just had a homey feel to it. I can't explain it! And the graphics are wonderful! And ghosts!! Grief, trying to find yourself, family. Just wonderful! Mel 🖤🐺🐾

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    Local Friendly Ghosts, Grief, and Solitude Sheets  illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat. This book is also quite a looker; I only wish that the storyline would've managed to stir me just as much as the ar Local Friendly Ghosts, Grief, and Solitude Sheets  illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat. This book is also quite a looker; I only wish that the storyline would've managed to stir me just as much as the art did. I mean, just take a look at the below: The amount of dedication it takes to capture the intricate details in one page is mind-boggling. The color pallets in here make for a visually stunning graphic novel, which means that I have to share my many, many favorites: I seriously can't get enough of the above. Every time I look, it stirs me anew. There's so much truth in the last panel. Just your local friendly ghost telling ghost stories: I think this last one might be my favorite. I can't stop staring. Overall, I'd say that though the nonsensical plot felt a bit lacking, in comparison the art style had me wholeheartedly committed to the story. SO MUCH VISUAL INTRICACIES. Also, fittingly, this song came on loop during my reading: ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication: August 28th, 2018 Note: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you’re interested in buying Sheets , just click on the image below to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission! Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils This review and more can be found on my blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Brenna Thummler illustrated the fabulous, wonderful, I can't-say-enough-good-things-about-it Anne of Green Gables a graphic novel, so when I saw she was flying solo on her own debut graphic novel, I didn't hesitate to pre-order a copy and pay the full price for it. When it arrived, my 10-year-old (who is our resident artist), couldn't wait to get her hands on it, but I wasn't sure she was the target age, so I retreated to my room to read it. I came out of the room, finished, with the book in my h Brenna Thummler illustrated the fabulous, wonderful, I can't-say-enough-good-things-about-it Anne of Green Gables a graphic novel, so when I saw she was flying solo on her own debut graphic novel, I didn't hesitate to pre-order a copy and pay the full price for it. When it arrived, my 10-year-old (who is our resident artist), couldn't wait to get her hands on it, but I wasn't sure she was the target age, so I retreated to my room to read it. I came out of the room, finished, with the book in my hand and my dramatic middle child (the artist), who is also highly intuitive, took one look at me and said, “Mommy! You'd better be nice when you review it!! It's hard to be an artist!” (Sheesh—why does she think I wouldn't be nice? Did she stumble upon my Jaws review?) How could I not be nice to the young woman who illustrated the newest Anne of Green Gables? I will be nice. How about 5 stars for her stunning artwork and 1 star for the faulty story arc, nonsensical plotlines and total lack of character development? That averages out to a 3. Ish. Not bad for a solo debut. And, if Brenna Thummler ever reads this, I'd like to remind her that both Trina Schart Hyman and Grace Lin (two of my all-time favorite illustrators) both started their careers with powerhouse visuals and weak storylines. They both achieved greatness, and so will you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    SOLD! The ghostly book cover....the inside front and back covers....the detailed soft colored illustrations....just wonderful! The memories are bittersweet....the laundry never-ending....or is it! Poor Marjorie....so much to do. Trying to survive middle school with no friends and run the family laundry with no help while dad mourns is such a heavy burden to bear; and that coupled with an evil minded villain and mischievous young ghost bring anguish to Marjorie's face in many of the meaningful il SOLD! The ghostly book cover....the inside front and back covers....the detailed soft colored illustrations....just wonderful! The memories are bittersweet....the laundry never-ending....or is it! Poor Marjorie....so much to do. Trying to survive middle school with no friends and run the family laundry with no help while dad mourns is such a heavy burden to bear; and that coupled with an evil minded villain and mischievous young ghost bring anguish to Marjorie's face in many of the meaningful illustrations. SHEETS (great name) is a sad, but powerful little middle grade graphic story about loss, perseverance, forgiveness and new unlikely friendships....plus one fine debut for Brenna Thummler.Many thanks to Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley for the complimentary ebook in exchange for review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I honestly don’t understand why this graphic novel has such low ratings on Goodreads. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, but normally there’s something really wrong with a book to get so many one and two stars. I don’t often question an average rating, because we’re all different and are entitled to our own opinions, but I’m just a little taken aback by the lack of love for this story, you see? Especially since, personally, I thought it was adorable. I read this author’s previous work, Anne o I honestly don’t understand why this graphic novel has such low ratings on Goodreads. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, but normally there’s something really wrong with a book to get so many one and two stars. I don’t often question an average rating, because we’re all different and are entitled to our own opinions, but I’m just a little taken aback by the lack of love for this story, you see? Especially since, personally, I thought it was adorable. I read this author’s previous work, Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel and fell immediately in love with Brenna Thummler’s illustrations. It’s extraordinary she illustrated AND wrote this book, since a lot of artists don’t do that and Brenna has done a good job. I admit it’s childish, but you could argue it’s to be expected seeing that this is a middle grade work. What I mean by childish is that the characters – whether young or old – behave immaturely. The story is interesting, and I think could appeal easily to adults too, but I, for one, was not able to connect to any of the characters. The main one – Marjorie – has no personality whatsoever. She seems depressed, yet that is never properly addressed. She’s sad – that I definitely get, who wouldn’t after losing their mother? – but she isn’t helping herself or letting others help her. There’s also the villain, Nigel, who is a man-child. I mean, come on, dude! Have a little compassion! He wants to take Marjorie’s family’s business from them so he can pursue his own ‘‘dream,’’ but he doesn’t care that he’s destroying a family in the process. So the characters infuriated me for sure, but I was invested in the story. I needed to know what would happen next and it read fairly easily. It’s the kind of graphic novel you can read in one sitting. Oh and the illustrations are, no surprise there, SUPERB. So much colour, love it! Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー)

    It's 1998 in Marjorie's world and the feels are no less in 2018. "Mom opened glatt's Laundry when she was only nineteen. Bath then, it was "Dellaway Laundry", which is loads better. But then she met Dad and lost the ability to make rational decisions."...She died the past spring, and then Dad sort of did, too. He's still 100% opaque but slightly less visible." This is the story of a girl, Marjorie. Not just any girl; a girl who feels out of place and invisible to the world. And she loves books and It's 1998 in Marjorie's world and the feels are no less in 2018. "Mom opened glatt's Laundry when she was only nineteen. Bath then, it was "Dellaway Laundry", which is loads better. But then she met Dad and lost the ability to make rational decisions."...She died the past spring, and then Dad sort of did, too. He's still 100% opaque but slightly less visible." This is the story of a girl, Marjorie. Not just any girl; a girl who feels out of place and invisible to the world. And she loves books and the piano. She's blond and awkward and has to care for a family while her father, depressed after his wife's death, (not a spoiler) stays in bed all day. It's basically teenage me. Except while I worked at a bookstore, she works at a laundromat. Let's just say I don't think I've ever related more to a character. "Grown-ups are skilled at making terrible things great." Our other character is Wendell, the ghost of a little boy. He is the cutest thing ever. He's a cute little ghost that over-exaggerated how he died to a bunch of other ghosts. And he lives in a trailer. And goes to ghost AA meetings. But Wendell gets kicked out of his house and needs a place to stay. So a lot of things go wrong because of one big asshole (and Wendell's clumsiness) Owen, her little brother, is just precious but a little bastard, like most pre-schoolers. Marjorie has to deal with being the mother, father and bread winner of the house while still going to middle school. But Wendell, the ghosts and Marjorie work together to save the laundromat. Everything ends well. I know this sounds like a child's comic, but it's not. It deals with death of family and friends and the depression of the child in the child-headed household as well as the bullying and heckling she faces. It's very dark at times, but extremely sweet and endearing. I listened to The Pillows while reading Sheets. The upbeat rock/grunge really set the tone. And I think this lyric from one of their songs describes Marjorie so well: Japanese: Ride on Shooting Star kokoro no koe de sandanjuu no you ni utai tsutzuketa Ride on shooting star With the voice of my heart, like a shotgun I kept on singing I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    *Disclaimer: A copy of Sheets by Brenna Thummler was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way. -- Initial post reading thoughts: Well, wasn't that adorable and heartbreaking and beautiful all at once. -- What I Liked The emotions. I could tell from the opening paragraph that this story was going to make me feel things. I knew it would be an emotional story and I definitely wasn’t wrong. It maybe wasn’t as hard hitting as *Disclaimer: A copy of Sheets by Brenna Thummler was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way. -- Initial post reading thoughts: Well, wasn't that adorable and heartbreaking and beautiful all at once. -- What I Liked The emotions. I could tell from the opening paragraph that this story was going to make me feel things. I knew it would be an emotional story and I definitely wasn’t wrong. It maybe wasn’t as hard hitting as I expected, but there were a lot of touching moments within the pages of this graphic novel. It definitely took more of a lighthearted approach at dealing with themes of loss, death and depression, but it was still an emotional and important story nonetheless. The artwork. This book is absolutely gorgeous. The artwork within is absolutely stunning and uses all of the right colours. I wish I had read it as a physical copy rather than an eARC because I just know it would have been that more beautiful if I had it printed on a page! -- What I Didn’t Like It didn’t stick? I’m not sure how to really explain this. I read this title about a week or two ago now and if I’m being honest, the story itself hasn’t really stuck with me. It was beautiful to look at and I know that it dealt with important topics in a lighthearted way, but the story itself wasn’t all that memorable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Sheets by Brenna Thummler is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I found the first part of the book a bit slow but it did pick up when there was more interaction with the ghost. I felt for the girl and the ghost but I wasn't too invested in them. I found the flirting scene near the end out of place. It was an okay read. I really loved the art work! Very nice! Wonderful colors and could almost tell the story without words!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus

    I was bowled over by Brenna Thummler’s illustrations in Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel so when I heard she had written her own graphic novel I was all in. I simply adore Brenna’s ability to capture an image and present it in a way that I want her to draw the entire world for me. Seriously, I can’t get enough. Her use of colour is absolutely gorgeous and she’s able to evoke the emotion of a scene through colour as well as the images. I enjoy finding Easter eggs so I loved that Anne of G I was bowled over by Brenna Thummler’s illustrations in Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel so when I heard she had written her own graphic novel I was all in. I simply adore Brenna’s ability to capture an image and present it in a way that I want her to draw the entire world for me. Seriously, I can’t get enough. Her use of colour is absolutely gorgeous and she’s able to evoke the emotion of a scene through colour as well as the images. I enjoy finding Easter eggs so I loved that Anne of Green Gables is in view a couple of times in Marjorie’s school library. As soon as Sheets downloaded on my iPad I devoured it. That was months ago and I never got around to telling anyone how amazing it was… until now. This graphic novel is amazing!!! I’ve just read it for a second time and I’m still in love with the artwork. I felt there was something missing in the story that I couldn’t put my finger on during my first read but I didn’t feel that way during my reread. Marjorie’s mother died last spring and since then her father has been essentially MIA, holed up in his bedroom most of the time. Marjorie (at 13!) has been left to singlehandedly run the family laundromat business, do the household chores, look after her father and younger brother, and attend school. Any combination of these would be a monumental ask and that’s before you take into consideration that she’s grieving her mother and feels completely alone. The family business is in danger of closing, with some help from Mr Saubertuck, who is the dastardly villain of the story. Wendell is also lonely. He died a year ago and doesn’t fit in with the other ghosts. Wendell discovers the laundromat and accidentally makes life more difficult for Marjorie, but perhaps there’s a way for these two lonely kids to help each other. During my first read I had trouble getting past the fact that 13 year old Marjorie is effectively running the family business by herself because her father’s grief has made him withdraw from his life. I couldn’t believe that the customers could be so mean to a kid who shouldn’t have been doing all of that work in the first place and that no one who was alive stepped up to help her or her family. During my second read I focused more on the friendship between Marjorie and Wendell. It’s such a sad story, dealing with the pain of grief and feeling all alone in the world. However it also touches on forgiveness and perseverance, and is ultimately hopeful. I’m really keen to see what Brenna comes up with next. I don’t care what the story is; I just want to see more of her beautiful illustrations. Thank you very much to NetGalley, Lion Forge and Diamond Book Distributors for the opportunity to read this graphic novel. I’d give this 4.5 stars but am rounding up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    An adorable book with lovely art and a sweet story. A little girl is trying to keep her family together after the loss of her mom with the help of a special ghost.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liv (Stories For Coffee)

    4.5 STARS - The cutest little graphic novel that gives me major Steven Universe vibes with its color palette. The story is so adorable, as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    I loved this. Following review is taken from here. A really sweet, middle-grade story of a young girl, Marjorie, just trying to get over her mother's death and figure out her place in the world. But it also has ghosts. The cool thing about these ghosts is that they wear sheets. You can't see them without the sheets and Marjorie just happens to run a laundromat. The story is okay but graphics! Like you have never seen before. I like this style....

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Almost 2 completely separate stories until halfway through the book. One, a very boring story about a middle school girl, Marj, who has lost her mother and has to run her family's laundry service in addition to school. The other. a much more compelling story of a recently deceased boy who hasn't made any friends in the ghost town he was sent to and comes back to the town he's from. Eventually these stories overlap when a person in town tries to sabotage the laundry business. This is a really stra Almost 2 completely separate stories until halfway through the book. One, a very boring story about a middle school girl, Marj, who has lost her mother and has to run her family's laundry service in addition to school. The other. a much more compelling story of a recently deceased boy who hasn't made any friends in the ghost town he was sent to and comes back to the town he's from. Eventually these stories overlap when a person in town tries to sabotage the laundry business. This is a really strange mishmash of stories. They don't really go together all at all. At least 50 pages of the book could have been edited out. Marj's story moves at a glacial pace. That being said, I loved Wendell the ghost and his made up stories. I really dug the pastel color palette and the art was filled with background detail. Received an advance copy from Lion forge and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bruna Miranda

    É tão bonitinhoooo! <3 **I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors** Sheets got my attention because of its cover, I'll admit. Inside, I found an adorable story about Marjorie, a girl who lost her mom recently and has to run the family's laundry business and take care of the house pretty much by herself. Also, we meet Wendell, who lives in the Land of Ghosts - the place where souls go after they die. He's in a support group for peopl É tão bonitinhoooo! <3 **I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors** Sheets got my attention because of its cover, I'll admit. Inside, I found an adorable story about Marjorie, a girl who lost her mom recently and has to run the family's laundry business and take care of the house pretty much by herself. Also, we meet Wendell, who lives in the Land of Ghosts - the place where souls go after they die. He's in a support group for people who die young but he doesn't feel like he fits in, so he manages to escape back to the human world. First of all, LOVED the artwork. The coloring work is so beautiful and comfortable to read that right after I was done, I looked up the authors website to find some more of her work. Second, the whole story probably happens in a week or so, and even though a lot of things happen the pace is good and realistic. It took me a second to understand Wendell's personality, while Marj was easier to figure out and a bit more relatable. Funny enough, in the end I think I liked Wendell the best because we get to see him out and about more. I really, really enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward for more of Brenna Thummler's work in the future :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    ❈ laura ❈

    my rating: ✰✰✰ This was a sweet and cute story with innocent characters but still with heartbreaking points. It revolves around Marjorie, a girl who lost her mother and she takes care of the family business while she feel out of this world, and Wendell, a ghost who doesn't feel welcome in the Land of Ghosts so he escapes and how they meet and how they help each other to find their path. Sadly, even though I liked it, I don't think this story is going to stick with me for a long time. I would reco my rating: ✰✰✰ This was a sweet and cute story with innocent characters but still with heartbreaking points. It revolves around Marjorie, a girl who lost her mother and she takes care of the family business while she feel out of this world, and Wendell, a ghost who doesn't feel welcome in the Land of Ghosts so he escapes and how they meet and how they help each other to find their path. Sadly, even though I liked it, I don't think this story is going to stick with me for a long time. I would recommend it if you are interested in it because it's short and easy to read and it has a beautiful art (amazing colors), but it wouln't be my number 1 recommendation from graphic novels. ARC provided by Lion Forge in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    So, let me start this by saying that I am a huge fan of graphic novels as a whole, but it's true gems like these that having me ranting and raving at my local comic book shop, asking everyone what they're reading and immediately adding it to my TBR. I would like to say that I was swept up from the very first page, but that's not true. I was pulled in from the first time I seen the cover photo. Honestly, look at that sweet little sheet ghost stuck in the washing machine. I had high expectations g So, let me start this by saying that I am a huge fan of graphic novels as a whole, but it's true gems like these that having me ranting and raving at my local comic book shop, asking everyone what they're reading and immediately adding it to my TBR. I would like to say that I was swept up from the very first page, but that's not true. I was pulled in from the first time I seen the cover photo. Honestly, look at that sweet little sheet ghost stuck in the washing machine. I had high expectations going in, and this GN still blew me out of the waters. I loved every page. I don"t want to ruin it for you, so please just download it, buy it, request it at you local library.... whatever you've got to do. Just read it. connect with it. And love it. A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I truly appreciate it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    San

    Review to come

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This didn't work for me as a YA graphic novel or a juvenile graphic novel. Protagonist Marjorie Glatt (dear lord that name) is a middle schooler who's horrible father has left her as the sole person in charge of her beloved dead mother's laundromat. That's right, a child has been put in charge of running the family business because dad is too sad to come out of his room and take any responsibility at all for his children. She also has a very young brother who seems to be in kindergarten and is b This didn't work for me as a YA graphic novel or a juvenile graphic novel. Protagonist Marjorie Glatt (dear lord that name) is a middle schooler who's horrible father has left her as the sole person in charge of her beloved dead mother's laundromat. That's right, a child has been put in charge of running the family business because dad is too sad to come out of his room and take any responsibility at all for his children. She also has a very young brother who seems to be in kindergarten and is being left entirely to his own devices, again because dad's too sad to do anything. I couldn't get away from that. Its just so awful. I was like immediately heart broken for these kids. So Marjorie works insanely hard to keep this pretty damn gross laundromat going and every single customer who comes in treats her like absolute shit and says nothing about how insane it is that a 12 year old is running a business. There's a local, deeply, deeply insane man who keeps breaking in and trying to convince/strong arm Marjorie into letting him turn the laundromat into a spa. He is just so deeply, deeply insane it defies any kind of understanding. He runs around the town telling everyone that the laundromat is horrible when he isn't actively engaging in sabotage by putting dye in the laundry soap. Again no one thinks this is weird or troubling or that this man should be arrested. Then there's a ghost who lives in "the land of ghosts." Everyone in the land of ghosts in covered in a sheet that they must take care of at all costs and they can't ever be seen by people and a bunch of other rules typical in this kind of story. This particular ghost makes up a lot of silly stories about how amazing his life was when he was alive and is having problems coming to terms with being a ghost. I think. Honestly I found ghost world deeply confusing and kind of boring. There really isn't a solid bridge of any kind between Marjorie and the ghost. I guess she cleans a lot of sheets in the laundromat? But somehow they sort of get into each other's orbits and learn from each other? I just didn't get this. None of the important stuff like the families grief over mom's death or Marjorie's horrible father or the legal repurcussions of a child running a business or a madman routinely breaking into said business are ever even a little bit addressed and everything just sort of works out because ghosts!!! yay ghosts! I also really don't mean to be a total jerk here but I hated the artwork. Everyone is drawn with these very long faces and super weird long noses that just make everyone look absolutely miserable all the time. The colors are very muted, which I get, but it just left me feeling horribly depressed. There was nothing uplifting about this and no real magic. It left me sad and uncomfortable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was wonderfully weird—I loved it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    claire

    RTC

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Marjorie is a lonely young teen. She has recently lost her mother, her father is depressed, and Marjorie has found herself in charge of the family laundry business. Wendell is a ghost. He died as a boy, and is adjusting to his new sheet-dependent afterlife. When they unexpectedly encounter one another, Marjorie and Wendell form an unlikely friendship. The story starts slow as it introduces Marjorie. When Wendell is introduced, the story picks up a little more. For one, the whole ghosts wearing sh Marjorie is a lonely young teen. She has recently lost her mother, her father is depressed, and Marjorie has found herself in charge of the family laundry business. Wendell is a ghost. He died as a boy, and is adjusting to his new sheet-dependent afterlife. When they unexpectedly encounter one another, Marjorie and Wendell form an unlikely friendship. The story starts slow as it introduces Marjorie. When Wendell is introduced, the story picks up a little more. For one, the whole ghosts wearing sheets is a humorous touch. However, both Marjorie and Wendell have sad stories of loneliness. When Marjorie and Wendell first encounter one another, the story gets more interesting. The artwork in this graphic novel is great. I especially enjoyed the the color palette. A sweet story about loneliness and grief. Lovely, enchanting, and heartbreaking. I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    Actual rating: 3,5 stars! Such a lovely, lovely story, with themes like grief, isolation, and hard work that seems to be for naught but isn't. While the story is mostly slice-of-life, the supernatural element gives it an extra bit of pizzazz, but also makes it more... childish, I think? It's probably the way that the Ghost World operates, which does feel like the way a child would imagine it as. But still, the story was lovely, and the art that accompanied it was more than beautiful. Everything, f Actual rating: 3,5 stars! Such a lovely, lovely story, with themes like grief, isolation, and hard work that seems to be for naught but isn't. While the story is mostly slice-of-life, the supernatural element gives it an extra bit of pizzazz, but also makes it more... childish, I think? It's probably the way that the Ghost World operates, which does feel like the way a child would imagine it as. But still, the story was lovely, and the art that accompanied it was more than beautiful. Everything, from the art style to the lineart to the colour choices, is spectacular. It's clear that a lot of work went into it, and I was very impressed with it. I'm very happy I chose this graphic novel to read today. **Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this graphic novel!**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Marjorie and Wendell don't feel like they belong. She's 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 boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent ident Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Marjorie and Wendell don't feel like they belong. She's 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 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. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain. I was TOTALLY drawn into this gem due to the art... I know I'm a sucker for good art but I like what I life and this even has the BEST color palette! I admit that I read and loved the art in Anne of Green Gables so I was excited to read an original story by the illustrator! And I quite enjoyed every page of the story! What I enjoyed most besides the sheer talent and beauty of the illustrations was that in getting to choose her own story she chose one that suited her art style! Each frame was laid out so well and there was this great cross section between full page frames and multiple frame pages. There is this slice of life, homey feeling to the story and the art. They suit one another so perfectly... we don't always get that when there are multiple collaborators... I really loved meeting Marjorie! She is who I bonded to right away with her life at the laundry, trying to deal with those who are better off mocking her as if she had a choice in her parents... *sigh* Wendell was more of an oddity... I thought the afterlife he came from was quite off its rocker. It was oddly different and stereotypical at the same time. He did add this bit of fun as well as a bucket load of angst to Marjorie's life in a way I appreciated! Honestly I can't believe how many disliked the story in this little gem! I admit that the ending has a pat happiness to it that is too quickly found in one volume... But I adored everything up until that point! (And really, what is wrong with happiness on one level in the life of a girl with the world on her shoulders?!) It's a quiet plot for sure... There are panels that are about her day, showing her eating a sandwich and snuggling under the covers. There are stupid difficulties that are just a product of living in a small town... That is probably what annoyed many readers... This isn't anything new as far as plot about the poor are concerned. Though it has this slight paranormal aspect to it that comes too swiftly at the end of the volume to be enjoyed as much as it ought to be, I still really liked what happened and feel middle grade readers will relate hardcore. I did feel tense about how Marjorie was going to be able to save the day... Honestly this was such a slice of life story that I didn't think there was a way to save her... Then we get that paranormal rescue! This is perhaps the most interesting as well as pat part of the plot... It gives you this odd feeling because it is a fun way to save the day, thanks Wendell and company! But it was also too easy! Her life is soooooo hard but THAT is how Wendell helped?! So I understood that it was a little underwhelming to adults looking to score a more hard hitting end. Sheets is an adorable way to get uninterested readers pick up a book! Seriously Marjorie is hard NOT to relate to and Wendell is the same but different as her, an outcast in a poor situation that they are striving to do their best. There is a message here for middle grade readers too... You CAN make it and survive in poor situations, perhaps even finding happiness too! ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    I liked it so much for the concept. The best thing was definitely the art and how real the character drawings are because there are imperfections and shit. Full review to come soon! Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mavence [semi hiatus]

    I voluntarily read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit that I only shelved this in my TBR because of that cute cover! And this turned out to be a real surprise for me. Sheets is a story of a ghost wanting to fit in and a girl struggling to make ends meet for her family by solely running their laundry shop. For a graphic novel filled with cotton candy colors and soft touches, this sure has a lot of melancholic undertones. Pink and blue hues fill the frames but the story narr I voluntarily read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit that I only shelved this in my TBR because of that cute cover! And this turned out to be a real surprise for me. Sheets is a story of a ghost wanting to fit in and a girl struggling to make ends meet for her family by solely running their laundry shop. For a graphic novel filled with cotton candy colors and soft touches, this sure has a lot of melancholic undertones. Pink and blue hues fill the frames but the story narrates a sad one. The perfect contrast is shown in this graphic novel. I really felt the characters' need for affection, and to find it in each other so unexpectedly. The story was a gloomy one despite the vibrant colors, yet it narrated a beautiful story. Yes, it started off with sad undertones but later on, it came out well in the end. The one thing I don't like here is the problematic nature of her father. This graphic novel is recommended for those who love a subtle pop of color and a light read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa (splitreads)

    This graphic novel is visually stunning, I'm particularly impressed by the coloring. Sadly, the story lacked. I didn't care about the characters and felt confused at moments about the point & where the story was going.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zohal

    This was super creative and fun!!! ☺ A nice balance between the plot and the characters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The last book I read about a death of a parent was one where the children were being taught to grieve. It was sad, but was not sad the way this one is. This one has the oldest daughter not even getting the chance to grieve because she has become the head of the household, as her father falls into grief that he can’t come out of. This book reminds me a little of  bit of I Kill Giants, in that there there is something the reader doesn’t quite see, in the beginning, that would explain what is going The last book I read about a death of a parent was one where the children were being taught to grieve. It was sad, but was not sad the way this one is. This one has the oldest daughter not even getting the chance to grieve because she has become the head of the household, as her father falls into grief that he can’t come out of. This book reminds me a little of  bit of I Kill Giants, in that there there is something the reader doesn’t quite see, in the beginning, that would explain what is going on, and why Marjorie is trying to go to school and run the family laundry. And then, into her life, comes a ghost.  He is the ghost of a young boy, looking for a purpose, or looking for a friend.  He wants to help, but he doens’t know how. And a good story need a villion, and although there is a mean girl, Tessi, that is not the bad guy, not really. Poor Marjorie.  My heart ached for her. I had to know what happened, and stayed up late to finish graphic novel. Would recommend it to anyone who wants a good read. You don’t have to have lost a parent or loved one to sympathize with Marjorie. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

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