Title: The Wendy Project
Author: Melissa Jane Osborne (author) | Veronica Fish (illustrator)
Release date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Super Genius
Format: Netgalley ARC
Description (from goodreads): 16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds?
Disclaimer: I got a Netgalley ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t have much to say about The Wendy Project. It was a nice modern retelling of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.
In this retelling, Wendy gets into a car accident that kills one of her brothers. Grieving, she believes he’s still alive and tries to find him. It’s a contemporary with fantasy elements woven into, and I think it works really well.
The plot wasn’t anything new – yes, I know it’s a retelling! – but it was still a compelling, quick read. I think young adult readers would definitely enjoy this graphic novel.
As for the illustrations, I wasn’t too keen on the artwork at first. I thought they were a bit too simplistic, but I slowly fell in love with it. Most of the illustrations are in black and white, but a few are in (I believe) water colours and the colouring is gorgeous. I read a digital copy, but I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in paper format.
Big thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this in advance!