The Isobel Journal By Isobel Harrop
Published November 7th 2013 By Hot Key Books
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Summary: THE ISOBEL JOURNAL is no ordinary snapshot of a contemporary teenage life. A charming and vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author’s sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions, it captures her wit, her observations and her creative talent as she takes us through the three central themes in her life: ‘Love’, ‘Friends, Art and Otters’ and ‘Me’.
Resonant of Laura Dockrill’s MISTAKES IN THE BACKGROUND and with the powerful naïve illustrative style of cult Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, this is a collector’s gift for teenagers and all who have the teenage experience still in their hearts. Readers will emphasise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. A must-have for all hipster teenagers and anyone who appreciates the raw creativity of youth. Enchanting and poignant.I love The Isobel Journal.
The Isobel Journal is essentially a scrapbook of Isobel’s life and follows her journey through adolescence and what she learns throughout the years about different things such as herself, friends, college, love and breaking up.
I resonated so much with Isobel. With the exception of impeccable drawing skills and creativity, I’ve been through most of the same things she’s gone through. I really liked that there were some explanation about the different pages of scrapbooks; I really liked going through her train of thought.
What I really loved about The Isobel Journal is of course, the scrapbook itself. It was so entertaining to go through Isobel’s life entirely drawn up in pictures of filled with little things like ticket stubs. I’ve not read much books in this format, but I am blown away by how wonderfully put together this book is.
Done in true journal form, and especially magnificent, The Isobel Journal is a must read for everyone; you’re bound to find yourself lost in the book and thinking about your own journey through adolescence.