Operatic, a vibrant and colorful graphic novel, tells the coming-of-age tale of Charlie as she discovers herself through music. In Mr. K’s hip music class, Charlie and her friends are encouraged to explore their identity through song. Charlie is initially a sweet and shy girl but is eventually emboldened by the diva energy of her role model, opera star Maria Callas. This comparison suggests that Charlie will fulfill her unknown potential soon, as Maria did.
While this book is charming, I found that it lacked several elements that make for a great graphic novel. This book was written and illustrated by separate artists, making for a somewhat disjointed reading experience. Additionally, some of the narrative moments felt unfinished. The story lacked a narrative conflict to be overcome, resulting in an aimless plot.
One of the strongest elements of Operatic was the realistic portrayal of relationships. Although our protagonist, Charlie, crushes on her classmate Emile, her desires go unmet and Emile instead connects with Luka. Instead of pursuing romance, Charlie finds satisfaction through music and connecting with her inner operatic diva!
|Author||Kyo Maclear, illus. by Byron Eggenschwiler|
|Page Count||160 pages|
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