Author: Brenna Thummler
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Number of Pages: 239
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novel, Paranormal
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.
Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.
When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.
This has been on my radar for a long time now, I first heard about this from Ariel Bisette and immediately added it in my Goodreads tbr. I’m glad that I was finally able to squeeze it in my 2023 reads!
Anyway, this graphic novel was surprisingly sad. I went into it not knowing too much about what it’s going to be about. I expected it to be more towards the comedy side of things given the colorful cover, title, and the cute ghosts. But here we follow Marjorie Glatt, a 13-year-old who is practically left in charge of their family’s laundry business after her mom died. With the grief, school bullying, and having to work to support her brother, she’s barely holding up. Then she meets Wendell, a ghost who wants to seek purpose in the human world, and everything just falls apart.
I enjoyed reading this graphic novel, I just didn’t think it would be a bit heavy with everything that’s happening in Marjorie’s life. The ending was satisfying though. ♡ The art was adorable! I love the colors palettes used in this. Overall, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Brenna Thummler’s other works. I think this is for all the eldest child out there.