El Deafo

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By Cece Bell

Rating: 3/5

Summary: This is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel written and illustrated by Cece Bell. The author stated in an interview that the characters are bunnies in her book because “What are bunnies known fore? Big ears; excellent hearing.”* This is what makes the book ironic, as the main character, Cece, requires hearing aids. She is insecure at first about them, but eventually finds out that she has “superpowers” when she wears them. Through the help of her friends, her crush, and her imagination, Cece overcomes the obstacles of wearing hearing aids.

Review: What a cute little book! The artwork in this is really good, and I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through this book. My heart hurt for Cece when she constantly had insecure thoughts such as “Are they looking at me?” because I can relate only too well, and I know just how uncomfortable that feeling is.

The part where her crush comes in is so freaking adorable, and I loved seeing Cece go from being a blushing mess to eventually being able to converse normally with him. And I laughed when Cece thought they would be better off as friends when she found out he liked a “weird” band.

I love how supportive her mom was; seriously, her mom is goals. She never belittled Cece, and she went out of her way to make sure Cece was comfortable; my heart melted when she bought Cece a pie when the homeroom teacher wrongly accused Cece of cheating on a test.

Overall, this was a cute little read, and I liked it!

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