Book Review: French Milk

FremchMilkby Lucy Knisley

Simon & Schuster, 2007

My Rating: C+

Lucy is approaching her twenty-second birthday, approaching adulthood. As a gift, as a rite-of-passage, Lucy is given a five-week trip to Paris with her mother. From a small rented apartment they venture out to see everything that Paris has to offer. They see the major attractions of Paris but they also see the small art museums and galleries, the bookshops, the food market, the flea market, the little specialty shops, the bakeries and the restaurants. All the things this traveler would love to see.

Lucy kept a journal of her trip that included not only words, but drawings. You see, Lucy is a graphic artist, a cartoonist so this travelogue was her own brand of diary. She shared with the reader the various places she and her mother visited on a day by day basis. Also fun were her descriptions and drawings of the food they ate.

My only complaint about the story itself was that the middle section seemed to drag. It felt like she was doing a lot of whining and sharing of too many details (I really didn’t need to know when she started her period).

This is my first graphic novel. My son chuckled when he saw me reading it. He said, “I don’t think of women in their sixties reading graphic novels.” Well, why not? Actually, I can think of one reason: some of the print was so small it required my magnifying glass. The words were hand printed so there were times when her handwriting was hard to figure out. Except for those complaints, reading a graphic novel was a fun experience – even for a woman of a certain age. I will come back and read a few more this year. Any recommendations?

[Source: the Public Library]

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11 Responses to Book Review: French Milk

  1. Beth F says:

    Sorry you didn’t love this quite as much as I did, but welcome to the world of graphics! She was a bit whiny, but girls her age can be that way with their mothers or secretly (as in their journals).

  2. Kathy says:

    Phooey on your son! Doesn’t he know that mature women enjoy trying new things too! I liked this one more than you did. I’m glad you’re not giving up on the genre.

  3. Stacy says:

    I have this one on my reading list. We’re planning a trip to France this year and I’m thinking this my get me in the mood (well, it doesn’t take much :)) I’ve only read one graphic novel and while I enjoyed it I didn’t love it.

  4. Nicole says:

    I just read my first graphic novels as well. I started out with much simpler fare that French Milk, but I will be looking for others to read as well.

  5. I didn’t realize the print was so small! To tell you the truth, that’s why I avoid re-reading most classics!

  6. Cracking up at your son’s reaction! Probably just what my kids would say if they saw me with a graphic novel. I know these are the popular things with kids “of a certain age” but I just haven’t been able to get myself to read one. Don’t know why I’m so turned off by them, I used to spend hours with Archie comics. 🙂 Good for you for trying something new and proving “women of a certain age” are still open to new things.

  7. Funny! I’ve never wanted to even look at a graphic novel, but now I really want to read one. Maybe I’ll wait until I’m in Colorado next time. I always go used-bookstore shopping with our kids there and it would be very funny to pick up this novel or one like it; I’m betting their reaction would completely match your son’s. It’d be worth it even if I hated it.

  8. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this – I have heard nothing but praise for it.

  9. Staci says:

    C+ ???? I’ll pass on this one then…I want to read B or better books this year! Thanks for the honest thoughts!

  10. Jenners says:

    I’m trying my first graphic novel this year too. I’m hoping I won’t have a problem with the writing either. (I already have bifocals … ACK!)

    And I think you should ground your son for that comment … no matter what his age!

  11. Christopher says:

    Thanks a lot folks, I haven’t been able to leave the house all weekend ….

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