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Initial Thoughts: It was a strange experience reading a graphic novel after reading many different mangas. For those who do not know, manga is the Japanese equivalent of a graphic novel, and its panels are read from right to left, instead of left to right. I found I had to retrain my brain to read The Altered History of Willow Sparks.

Summary

The Altered History of Willow SparksThe Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor

A nerdy teenage girl discovers a magical book that gives her the power to re-write her life, but magic always comes with a cost.

What happens when you can finally get everything you ever wanted?

Willow Sparks and her best friend Georgia Pratt are at the bottom of the social ladder at Twin Pines High School, just trying to get through each day relatively unscathed. But when Willow finds a mysterious book that allows her to literally change her life, it feels like her luck is finally turning. As she becomes more and more popular with each entry into the book, her old life, including her friendship with Georgia, seems miles away. Yet as Willow will discover, every action has a reaction, and the future has unusual—even dangerous—ways of protecting itself” – Goodreads

The Review

What if you could rewrite your life?

Willow Sparks wants nothing more than for her life to change. She is unpopular and often the target of many dodgeballs. Along with her best friend Georgia, Willow is one of the most unpopular girls at Pines High School and often a target for bullies. One day, she finds a book with her name on it and a pen that says “for emergencies only.” Willow attempts to rewrite her life. First, her face clears overnight. Second, she begins to wear the newest styles. Then, suddenly, the most popular boy takes an interest in her. As Willow begins to become more and more popular, she begins to ignore Georgia who hides a secret of her own. Little does Willow know, rewriting the history of your life has dire consequences.
This was a bittersweet graphic novel of a teenager who struggles with real problems. I was drawn to Willow’s story because her struggles at accepting her appearance was a really relatable subject for me. As Willow begins to rewrite the story of her life, she is truly no happier than before she changed her appearance. In this cautionary tale, sometimes it is better to accept who you are than to become someone you’re not. As much as this is a simple message, it is difficult to put in practice.

The drawing style is simple, but effective for the subject of this graphic novel. I wish that this wasn’t a stand-alone graphic novel. Although everything was wrapped up nicely and there were no loose ends, the story felt a little rushed. I really wanted to know more about the mysterious librarian Willow encounters. He seemed like too much of an interesting character for such a small role.

All in all I would recommend The Altered History of Willow Sparks to those who enjoy graphic novels (or manga) and are looking for a short and sweet read geared towards young adults.

The Altered History of Willow Sparks will be released on March 6, 2018.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley*

Final Rating:

A B

About the Book 

Title: The Altered History of Willow Sparks
Author: Tara O'Connor
Year Published: March 6, 2018
Pages: 152
Genres & Subjects: fiction, graphic novel, young adult, fantasy, high school,

Where to Buy…

Amazon (Canada)

Amazon (United States

Indigo

Barnes & Noble

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Until Next Time,

-Alice

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