Wilhelmina “Will” Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.
Laura Lee Gulledge’s signature visual metaphors will be on full display in this all-new graphic novel, a moving look at shedding light on the dark corners of life.
This is the second time that I’ve picked up a work by Laura Lee Gulledge and once again I’m so glad I did! She has a way of writing about such serious issues in a very beautiful way. There’s always something so much deeper within her stories to discover and I really like that aspect. Plus, the whole graphic novel format, also makes my inner geek giggle with excitement.
Will’s character is so cute! I loved her and all her friends. She is a troubled girl dealing with real issues, and that’s what makes her so lifelike I think. She’s not just another random character, she matters, and has feelings, thoughts, and real emotions. I also really like how she deals with her problems. It’s something I could connect with immediately, and is something I think Laura Lee accomplishes really well in her graphic novels; pulling in readers and drawing them to characters in a highly personable way.
I really hope she puts out another graphic novel because I will be sooo excited to read it! Keep up the awesome work Ms. Gulledge!