Shannon Hale is one of my favorite authors. I've read most of what she's written. I was definitely intrigued when I heard about this graphic novel based on her own childhood memories. It's not entirely memoir as Shannon herself explains in the back of the book. After all, human memory is certainly fallible and no two people experience the same situation in exactly the same way. Plus, she's changed a lot of names. But it's clear that the emotion behind the story is real. It certainly felt real to me, maybe because I could relate to some of the struggles that young Shannon has making, keeping, and losing friendships. Friendship can be a tricky thing, especially when clicks get involved as they so often do in elementary/middle school.
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