Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Raleigh's story slowly unfolds. She's in a car with three other kids she doesn't seem to know super well. It's unclear we're they're going to or heading from all how they all ended up in the same car. Raleigh is very much trapped in her own head. Her thoughts swirl in turmoil and confusion. She's not good at interacting with people, or reading people.
In bits a pieces Raleigh reveals her background that got her to where she is now. At the same time, the four teens are trying to get back home, dealing with car issues and trying to find hotels. Raleigh starts to warm toward the others, although she's hesitant about opening up to people.
The whole "my soul was stolen by cats" thing was weird. But her new friends take it in stride when she finally tells them this and they gamely sneak out cats to see if they can find Raleigh's soul.
The drawings are black and white and lack detail. For the most part it was presented in traditional comic book frames with a few full paged spreads. The darkness of the drawings and the lack of detail fit perfectly with Raleigh's confused and worried mind.
I found the ending a little unsatisfying. It just ended after the big reveal. There wasn't much more to conclude things. We don't really know what happens. I think it captures a teenager's angst and confusion well.
A little spoilery
So something I have to ask. Did she ever read the letter? I don't think she ever read the letter. How could she not read the letter?! Raleigh gets thrown into this horrible anxiety turmoil. She had a wonderful time with her Internet guy, everything went right. Then she found a letter in her bag and she falls apart. What if the letter said, "I had a wonderful time with you. I can't wait to see you again." I can understand why she'd assume it was a rejection, that's the way her life has gone. But did she never, ever read it? Did she ever talk to Internet guy again? Questions left unanswered! Can't stand it!