Book Review: The Hole by Christina Burridge

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

Author: Christina Burridge

Rating: 4.5/5

Before I begin, I want to remind you that if you or someone you know are suffering from depression or any sort of mental illness, please find help. Those around you may not completely understand what you are going through, but there are professionals and programs in place to help you.

As I stated last week, this week’s book review is another classmate’s school project. This one is a graphic novel called The Hole, and honestly, it is a fantastic little book that shows someone experiencing depression.

The first thing that stuck out to me was the simple art style. The few graphic novels that I’ve read in my life generally have very elaborate art styles, which is amazing, but The Hole has very simple art work. It’s simple, but I really enjoy the simple look if it is done well. The focus of the book isn’t on the elaborate art styles or the beautiful colours. The focus is on the story.

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In my experience, I haven’t read a lot of books where the main character is suffering from any sort of obstacles, whether thats physical or mental. Main characters might be poor, or have some struggles to go through, but they are generally well-off mentally and physically. At least well off enough to get by at first.

What’s fantastic about The Hole, is that the main character is experiencing depression. She tries to explain her situation to her parents, who don’t really understand what is going on, and tell her she is being lazy or she’s just upset about something.

From my understanding, that same message is the one that a lot of people who are experiencing depression go through.

“It’s just a phase”

“Stop moping around all day”

“He’s just got attitude”

“Just go out and do something”

“why don’t you go make some friends”

“She’s just upset”

“Get over it”

These statements may be true for some. Someone might be having a rough day, or experiencing a breakup, or a number of different things that might make them feel a little down, and these phrases might work.

At the same time, these phrases can be devastating to someone who isn’t just going through a phase, who isn’t just upset about a bad mark, who isn’t just upset about over a fight they had with their friend.

For someone who is experiencing depression, or many other mental illnesses, phrases like the ones above can be incredibly painful to hear, especially from someone you love.

The people you love and care about are supposed to be the ones to help you through all the tough times, be your shoulder to cry on, and hold you when you’re scared.

The Hole, in my opinion, is a fantastic representation of all of this. Liyana, the main character, is suffering from depression, and is having a hard time finding a job after moving back in with her parents. Her best friend Mikah, who is going through problems of his own, does his best to push his thoughts and feelings down to help Liyana.

For those suffering mental illness, I think this is a truth that hits home and hits hard. Sometimes it is easier to help others than it is to help yourself, and so we push down our own problems in order to help others.

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Before I finish, I want to remind you that if you or someone you know are suffering from depression or any sort of mental illness, please find help. Those around you may not completely understand what you are going through, but there are professionals and programs in place to help you. If you don’t feel like reaching out to a professional, feel free to reach out to me. I may not be the best option but I am always willing to help.

If you might be interested in getting a copy of The Hole, let me know and I can arrange for you to buy a copy. It is definitely worth the read, and it sheds a painful but insightful light on those who are suffering from mental illness.

 

Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

Book Review: A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel 1-3

These three books were the first ever Graphic Novels I had ever read and honestly I was pleasently surprised by the whole experience.

I’ve read some manga in the past so I guess I had some experience with reading narration and speech bubbles, but I really enjoyed seeing a book and TV series I love come to life by an artist and writer’s imagination.

AND…The three graphic novels were definitely a nice break from reading the 1000+ page novels I’m so used to.

On a different note, I may be alone in thinking this but I believe that some characters from a book just can’t be portrayed on a TV or movie screen properly.

Personally I enjoy this look to Robert Baratheon much more than the one we got on the show. This look appears a bit more natural and a good mix of king and drunk fat man. The Robert we got in the show never was much more than the latter.

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After looking at those panels I know what you’re thinking. WOW this artwork is really good!

Well you’re right, I’d dare to say its fantastic. Every little inch of each panel has so much detail to it. It is so beautifully made. Like look at Danaerys’ dress. It’s so perfectly drawn.

The art is done by a guy named Tommy Patterson and I really think you should look him up. He does a hell of a job.

Here’s a few more of his creations in the Graphic Novels

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Look at all of the individual swords that make uo the Iron Throne. You can’t imagine that, and you sure as hell can’t show that on TV. This was one of the best moments that won me over in the books.

This quality of art and the depiction of the book series into pictures has definitely turned me on to looking at more graphic novels in the future.

Another thing about Graphic Novels that I thought of while reading these 3 is that graphic novels are the perfect middle ground for people who don’t read much, but want to read a book series of their favourite television shows.

They’re not text heavy. They can actually be read in probably a few hours only. Plus they offer really beautiful visuals that might surpass even your imagination of what things really looked like.

I know that was the case for me. Looking at the Graphic Novels actually made me imagine a few characters to be different than when I originally imagined them.

Verdict: Worth the read, especially if you’re not a regular reader but want to better understand Game of Thrones as a whole or if you want to see the beautiful depictions of the characters and the story.

Let me know in the comics what graphic novels you’re reading. I’m new to the genre, but so far I’m hooked so I’d love to start exploring some more.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book I read back in high school. Theres a guy named Matthew, and he has some sort of effect on people. Stay tuned 🙂

p.s. news coming on an updated schedule in the next few weeks.