I am a lover of graphic novels and I am definitely a lover of LGBTQ+ stories. I recently picked up this new release and I am so excited to tell you about it because it is absolutely adorable.
Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):
“Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band―if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.”
I read this in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. It was captivating and adorable and beautiful. For one things I absolutely adored the art style. The soft blue hues definitely fit the summery softness that the story portrays. The art was mesmerizing. There were moments of beautiful full pages that expressed emotion and movement and so much depth. The characters were designed so well I felt like I could see them dropped into a movie and it would be perfect the way it was.
The story was equally as captivating. It was a slice-of-life type of story following a teenage boy figuring out what he wants to do with his life (which I think most of us can relate to). He had some not-so-great friends and some great friends, along with some complicated emotions towards those friends, his family, and his path in life. I loved that Ari was complicated and had so many things going on in his life. I also loved that he was not the token gay character. He was just Ari and he was figuring himself out. Hector was also complicated. He had baggage and opinions and passions. This story really was what a summer feels like. To explore and deal with all the ups and downs of teenage life. It really was a heartwarming story.
I honestly enjoyed this a lot. The story was beautifully done. Ari and Hector, Ari’s family, and both their friends felt like real, whole characters. They all had their own personalities, motivations, hopes, and dreams. They struggled and succeeded, and just felt like people I would have seen in my own life as a teenager one summer. I really loved everything that happened in this story. I would highly recommend it.