author : keezy young
pages : [paperback] 127
favorite character : blue
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.
Feeling the urge to read something incredibly cute and yet nearly guaranteed to give you nightmares or just weird dreams if you read it too late at night? Taproot is here for you.
Blue is a ghost with a best friend who’s alive. Hamal can see ghosts, including his best friend Blue, so people constantly think he’s talking to himself. Blue isn’t ready to move on. Hamal is trying to keep the flowers at his shop from wilting. But then things start getting . . . weird. Creepy weird, scary weird, grim-reaper-might-be-coming-after-us weird. The afterlife is unbalanced, and Blue needs to figure out a way to fix things or else his friend might end up hurt.
This book is so. Cute. I flew through it, so I know this is a graphic novel I’ll reread over and over again. I love the art style–whimsy mixed with realism mixed with the unsettling. I love how much Blue and Hamal care about each other and would do anything to keep each other safe. And, okay, I just really like ghost stories, and Taproot is like nothing else I’ve ever read before.
Of course, things really never go as planned when the living and the dead mix, so I liked how this book was unpredictable. Short, sweet, BITTERSWEET, incredibly satisfying. I just want to read more; I could have sat and happily read a few hundred more pages of this story. It’s not often that you find something like this that makes you feel good while also freaking you out just a little bit. This unique combination is what makes me love and recommend Taproot so much.