Are You Listening?

Are You Listening?

Graphic Novel - 2019
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A chance encounter sends runaway Bea on a journey through West Texas with Lou, who Bea must trust as she is driven to confront buried truths about loss and heartbreak.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781626727731
1626727732
9781250207562
1250207568
Characteristics: 305 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm

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3ARL3Y
Feb 02, 2021

The color, art, and use of the page/panels was really cool. The plot was also very interesting and touching, though this is definitely a book for a mature audience, as it deals with heavy topics and language. (*spoiler*: There is a scene where one of the characters shares her experience with sexual assault, which might be triggering for some.) I enjoyed the book and, once again, the art was beautiful.

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majikarte
Jan 16, 2021

Tillie Walden is genius when it comes to colours! Characters and scenery both look great. Everything is really emotive and atmospheric. Both characters are lesbians, but it has minimal impact on the story, which can be a good thing, if you want to see characters who are just living their lives and you aren't looking for a story about a romantic relationship. Unfortunately, the fantastical aspects of the story really aren't very compelling.

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ipacpc
Oct 13, 2020

I liked the art a lot, but got kind of confused about the plot.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 19, 2020

Such a magical book and poignantly handles hard topics really well and I love this book so much and the illustrations are so beautiful!

JCLBrittanyC Nov 15, 2019

Yet another wonderful graphic by Tillie Walden. In this one, you meet Bea who
appears to be running away from her past. Bea runs into Lou, who agrees to drive
her to Texas. As they are making their way on the road, they both are forced in to
self-discovery and self-acceptance. The characters are very beautifully written,
and I thoroughly enjoyed the progression of each of their stories. I did find the end
to be a bit odd though, it took more of mythical turn that just didn’t seem to fit or
maybe it was just over my head.

vpl_teens Sep 25, 2019

Reviewed by Joshua M. for Teens Read it First

Tillie Walden’s magical novel “are you listening?” does a magnificent job capturing the heartfelt, griefful, and recovering aspects of a friendship between two women. This graphic novel earns four stars due to the astonishing illustrations, somewhat clean writing, and pitiful buried truths. Also, unraveling their pitiful hidden truths supported Bea and Lou to communicate and engage with each other. Although, the title of the novel did not look to incorporate all the topics of the story, and the magical realism caused confusion. All in all, this was a beautiful and whimsical story worthy of setting readers in a trance.

JCLEmmaF Jun 14, 2019

Are You Listening follows two girls driving through West Texas as it shifts beneath them, and as they get to know each other.
The magical surrealism of this comic paid off in about four pages towards the very end; otherwise this book just felt like a fever dream, nightmarish and confusing. I liked those pages, but it could have been a mini comic. I understand that that's how you're supposed to feel, to put you in place of the characters, but I was aggravated because I didn't understand some decisions the characters made.

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Feb 02, 2021

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 19, 2020

CORI D. MORRIS thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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