Title: Happily Ever After & Everything In Between
Author: Debbie Tung
Date of publication: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Print length: Hardcover, 160 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Humor
Edition: ebook (ARC)
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Writing Quality 5/5, Character Development 5/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 3/5, Intellectual Depth 4/5, Illustration quality 5/5, Originality 2/5, Overall 4/5.
A month ago I was browsing throughout Edelweiss+ for some light readings, and found ‘Happily Ever After & Everything in Between’ by Debbie Tung. As soon as I put my eyes on the cover, something attracted me to it, and I decided to give it a go. This book was the first graphic novel I have ever read, but before giving it a review, I also cast an eye over ‘Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story’ by the same author, so I can give this book a proper review and to have some background.
The novel is structured around the key points of the author’s life (the wedding with her love, the purchase of their new house, and the steps that they are making together) while combining the simple moments in our everyday lives with whom we can relate. Something that I liked about this book is the simplicity of it. It doesn’t deal with stressful and exhausting topics which makes it the ideal light read for a pleasant evening. It is funny, and it makes you laugh your ass out while reading, but at the same time, it is romantic, and it shows you the ideal relationship. The one which isn’t perfect, but the place where you know there is somebody that cares and to whom you can always go if you have problems. The place where you feel safe and understood.
Just like I pointed out earlier, the book is quite simple, so therefore the style of the illustrations is the same. The art used is not expressive, but I don’t mind it. I think it works better with the style of writing. Even if there are not many words used, the drawings are telling a lot more than words ever could.
There is no need to say that I fell in love with it! The ending was pleasing, and I can’t wait for other books to be released. I am going to add Debbie Tung to my list of favourite authors, and in the next few days, I am going to read the other books she realised.
Overall, it was the book I needed to fulfil a perfect afternoon and if you are looking for a deep, yet light read, this is the right book for you! I recommend it for further reading.