The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop

Title: The Isobel Journal
Author: Isobel Harrop
Publication: On August 1st, 2014 by Capstone (Switch Press)
Genre: Sequential Art; Contemporary; Young Adult
Format: eBook, 208 pages
Source: Netgalley ● I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase at: Amazon; Book Depository

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'.

I requested this book from Netgalley because of the cover. I was pitiably attracted to it and I was expecting from book to be somewhat like Diary of Anne Frank. I was not able to read it for days from the day I sent it to my reader. 

But it surprised me so dear! It was not full of texts but it spoke to me more than words! The coolest illustration book I ever encountered. It is like I am linked to Isobel’s Journal because, I too, love tea, bands, old records, etc. I sketch and doodle a lot, also!

"My favourite thing to do is probably lying in bed or eating snacks...or both at the same time"

"A lot of the time I live in my own world"

Isobel’s Journal gives you some conduct on life, friendship and very estimable exemplification of a girl’s spirit towards family, friends and acquaintances. You can find what girl’s usually do like daydreaming and talking about boys. Isobel showed her love to vintage shops and fondness on books, photographs, ticket stubs and more! The journal depicts that girls also have bad sides. From this book, I was to find myself that I am not the only odd sketcher in the world for I love 90s girl bands. A page of this made it more adept because it campaigns feminism.

I am waiting for this book on our local book store! It gave me a good laugh so it will give my family the best, too! It is made all the better for it.

The Isobel Journal is agile and enjoyable. The story is rich with its creative and expressive cartoons. Pictures say more than words ever can.


Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë: "And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day."

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