At first glance, especially considering it’s by Rainbow Rowell, this book looks pretty romance-y. It also seems clear that it’s set in the fall. They’re wearing some kind of uniform and, looking closely, their name tags say Deja and Josiah.
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the world’s best pumpkin patch. They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different. Josie and Deja are finally seniors. It’s their last shift together—their last good-bye.
Josie’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. (He’s the melancholy type.) But Deja has a plan: What if, instead of moping and instead of the usual—slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! Maybe Josie could even talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years…
What if their last shift was an adventure?
Beloved writer Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award-winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place—and a person—with no regrets.Inside cover of Pumpkinheads
4/5 – Black, female, LGBTQ+ protagonist, small characters of different races, genders, and sexualities
First of all, I don’t like the teaser. For a short story of one evening, it’s so unnecessarily long. It should have been just one paragraph, maybe two. I don’t know who wrote it, but I could see the author and illustrator losing some interested readers from that blurb.
In Fangirl, I thought Rainbow Rowell did best writing dialogue, so it makes sense that she would write a graphic novel later. Sometimes it’s hard to think about the quality of the writing in a graphic novel, but it was good. Though it’s hard, one thing to avoid in dialogue is pointless small talk, and Pumpkinheads didn’t have any.
Being a graphic novel with not many pages, the story felt really short. It had lots of tiny chapters. It was a lot less deep than many other books, which is fine.
The drawing style was one of my favorites that I’ve seen in a graphic novel. I loved how it was in between very simple and realistic. Also, every page had cool gradient backgrounds. You can flip through the pages and see how the evening progresses because the background and color scheme gets darker.
While I said mostly good things about Pumpkinheads, it was short and simple. I will probably forget about it soon. But it was fun to read, and I recommend it if you want something short to read during one day in the summer or fall.