In Sheets by Breanna Thummler, teenager Marjorie Blatt feels invisible in her small town. She has few friends, and spends her spare time running her family’s laundromat in place of her father who is still mourning the loss of their mother. She meets Wendell, a ghost-boy who is having a hard time transitioning into being, well, dead. He can’t help but continue to return to the human world each night even though ghosts are not supposed to do that. At first, Wendell causes nothing but trouble for Marjorie, but eventually they befriend one another and Wendell is able to help Marjorie save her family’s business.
I wasn’t as crazy about this one as I had hoped I might be. With graphic novels, I have to really love the illustrations to enjoy the story. Unfortunately, the pastel color scheme of this one did not appeal to me; a very minor point, but a significant one nonetheless. I was also not a fan of the fact that the story appeared to be set in the 90s. Don’t get me wrong, I pine for the 90s like most millennials but something about it just didn’t appeal to me in this setting. The final aspect of the story which didn’t sit well with me was the stereotyping of minority characters. Blerg. On the whole I thought the story was interesting and while I’ll always be a fan of stories that include friendly ghosts, this one didn’t quite hit the spot for me.