Jamie’s Got A Gun is by Gail Sidonie Sobat and Spyder Yardley-Jones. I’m afraid I extremely disappointed in this book. It’s somewhere between a novel and a graphic novel. There are scattered images that contribute to the story but they do not exclusively make up the action in the novel like a true graphic novel so I think the “A Graphic Novel” on the cover is deceptive. This combo of writing and images has been successful in other books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen but I find it too choppy in this instance, interrupting the flow of the story instead of smoothly integrating the two formats.
I feel like the harsh language of the narration is well intended- with a goal of creating a gritty atmosphere. Unfortunately it falls flat, with unconvincing diction that sounds like an outsider’s view of thug life rather than an authentic troubled youth’s journal. It comes across exaggerated in such a way that I’m not sure at some points if the poor grammar is intentional. It gives the impression of a language barrier- someone who knows the individual words of a culture but not the expressions or phrasing that feels natural.
I had trouble finishing it to be honest, it didn’t hook me.