Saturday, October 26, 2019

Book Review: Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

For the last three falls, Josiah and Deja work together in the Succotash hut of the local (and bonkers crazy in the best way) pumpkin patch. They're best friends... while they work together, but they don't see each other the rest of the year. On the last day of work--Halloween, natch--on their senior years, Deja is determined to make it important. Josiah has had a crush on a girl working in the Fudge Shoppe the whole time and has never spoken to her, so that become their (possibly just Deja's, but Josiah will do pretty much whatever she asks) goal, even though it means Josiah won't win employee of the month for the 3rd consecutive time. Along the way, they eat a lot of snacks (I really want to try both a twice-dipped candy apple and a pumpkin bomb, very much. And a Freetos pie. And fresh made kettle corn. Even Succotash. Really everything in this book.), Deja is tortured by a little kid, they get lost in the corn maze, and they talk about why they're only friends at the pumpkin patch. Will Josiah ever talk to the Fudge Shoppe girl? Will Deja eat all of the snacks (and run into all of her exes)? Will anyone capture the crazy escaped goat? Will something even more interesting happen?

This YA graphic novel was light and fun and Deja and Josiah have such a terrific friendship. I both desperately want now to go to a pumpkin patch, but I also want to be friends with these two. It's kind of a perfect story, with the only caveat that it's a bit short. Yes, it takes place in one night, but I could have used a lot more of them.

This book is published by First Second, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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