It’s hard to appreciate the complexity of the drawings and the book as a whole without seeing it in print. Flipping through the pages and looking at the tiny worlds in each panel is exciting. It’s easy to get pulled into the comics and feel as if you’re experiencing the stories firsthand.
The book is composed of short, vignette-type comics depicting an assortment of seemingly unrelated memories from the author’s life, events spanning from 2001-2006 (Hint: check the back of the book for a useful “chronology” chart). I think the wide variety of subject matter is one of my favorite aspects of the novel. The stories range from recollections of car accidents and a gall bladder operation, to things as simple as a trip to the mountains or hearing a good song on the radio and trying to figure out who it’s by.
What makes the book meaningful, however, isn’t any of the stories in particular, but rather all of them as a whole. It’s about how the small moments that don’t seem to matter much in the grand scheme of things end up shaping your life and the kind of person you are. It’s about happy coincidences and losing someone you didn’t know you needed. It’s about coming home after a long day, and looking up at the sky and feeling how alive you are and then realizing your insignificance. It’s about, in the simplest of terms, “Little Things.” And that’s what makes it so incredible.
Katie Huntington is a junior at Oneonta High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk