Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Peanut: a graphic novel review
Illustrated by Paul Hoppe
Schwartz & Wade Books; Copyright 2013
Before you write me off as a delusional psycho, think about what it's like to be thrown into a situation where everyone knows everyone... and no one knows you. Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High—pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your unsuspecting mom was supposed to fill out? And what if your new friends want to come over and your mom serves them snacks? (Peanut butter sandwich, anyone?) And then there's the bake sale, when your teacher thinks you ate a brownie with peanuts. Graphic coming-of-age novels have huge cross-over potential, and Peanut is sure to appeal to adults and teens alike.
It would be absolutely exhausting pretending to have a fake allergy. Knowing several people with severe food allergies, I am constantly surprised they are still alive and in many circumstances that I haven't accidentally killed them. Sadie really does a horrible job faking her peanut allergy, but you sympathize with her, the desire to find and keep fans. Sadie actually surrounded herself with some pretty amazing people that cared deeply about her safety, and through her dishonesty, lost the trust of many of them.
Peanut is relevant, beautifully illustrated discussion about a trendy(ish) topic.