First and foremost, thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me a free copy of Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder.
You’ve really made me love being a #penguinteenpartner with this latest read!
I highly recommend it to those of you who are in the DPC and have the grace to look jokingly yet lovingly at that experience. Do you have to have a dead family member to enjoy this graphic novel? Absolutely not. Not only is Feder an excellent story teller, but her art is simplistic and beautiful. There is so much to enjoy from the family anecdotes (both happy and sad), to the college adventures, to the journey of Feder becoming an adult in a broken world.
Feder’s tone is cathartic, humorous, and kind. Feder is courageous in sharing her life and the “hard-to-talk-about feelings” as a member of this club. She navigates her story with candor, sharing intimate moments with her family and her mother. It is not always easy to talk about those you love who are no longer here.
Ultimately Feder reminds us that grief and healing are not linear. We should find others within our circle to support us as we navigate the difficult road of the new normal. Oh, and we should always find something to laugh about.
Grab some tissues, your favorite cozy sweater, and sit down for a few hours with this graphic novel. Then pass it on to your friend who also needs a good cathartic cry.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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