book review: half world

Hiromi Goto’s Half World is a story about a 14-year-old girl whose mother escaped a purgatorial land where everyone was doomed to repeat all their mistakes because something had gone wrong. Melanie grew up in our world, but when her (now alcoholic) mother disappears she finds her way into the half world to rescue her.

Half World is full of great images, like the bridge of crows and Mr. Glueskin, but I feel like the writing just needed a kick more something to bring it up to the likes of Neverwhere or Un Lun Dun. It felt like the everyday words and sentences were letting the greatness of the story (and Jillian Tamaki’s illustrations) down.

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