This book was not what I thought it was going to be AT ALL. I’ve actually had little interest in reading the original novel form of this book, despite its surge in popularity a couple years back. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really care for the synopsis, it didn’t grip me and came off as a poor thriller-esque book. However reading a graphic novel is far less investment, so that’s exactly what I did.
Jacob is a teenager who grew up with his Grandfather telling him outrageous stories surrounding his childhood in a children’s home on a small island, supported with photo evidence of the wacky and weird other children he lived with. Jacob loves his grandfather’s tales until he becomes a teenager and sees them as ridiculously far-fetched. However after his grandfather’s death, he decides to visit the island of his Grandfathers childhood for himself, as a form of closure and what he finds there is definitely not what he was expecting.
This story completely blew me away. It turned into so much more than I thought it would be. Despite some of the difficult ideas around time-travel and looping that were introduced, it all made sense. I wasn't left struggling to figure out what on earth was going on, as I sometimes do in poorly explained YA with these elements.
The little blooming romance that developed was bittersweet in a way, you’ll know what I mean if you've read the story… or maybe it was just me who felt that way. But in its own way it was sweet and I liked that it didn't take over the story, and was just an addition which enhanced the characters.
The ending left on a bit of a cliff-hanger, which definitely entailed that there were far more adventures to come, which I’m excited about. Overall, the graphic novel, while merely a thoughtless addition to my library hall, blew me away and actually made me so excited to read the full book and its sequel.