Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop


The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop

Review by Lauren

Source: netgalley, but all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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'.

Review: The Isobel Journal was something I read online, but I would have rather seen in person. Each section focuses on different aspects of Isobel's life. These are full of mainly little stories about her life, or personal thoughts she has about certain subjects. I found the illustrations to be cute and a bit whimsical, and I definitely related to certain things that Isobel wrote about.

This is definitely not a suitable book for everyone, because it doesn't really read like a narrative story. There isn't a cohesive story that runs from beginning to end. Instead, it really does feel like opening up someone's journal/sketchbook and taking a peek. This is my main reason for wanting the book in print, because I think it would be more enjoyable that way. As an e-book, it tends to go a bit too fast and it's harder to truly capture the images.

As far as I can tell, the book is based on the author's life. I assume this mainly because the name's are the same, and since it reads so much like an actual journal, it would make sense.

I did want to share a couple images from the book that I found online, though, because they are ones that I found I could relate too in various ways:

I really like 90's groups in general. I grew up on that music!
Some days, I tell you...haha
In all, this was a cute book and I could see younger teens enjoying it, especially if they journal or sketch themselves.

22 comments:

Renu said...

I agree that it's not for everyone, but glad like you liked it. :D I would have loved a physical copy, too. I think I may even buy one, because it really is a cute graphic novel. :) Lovely review!

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I do think I'd like this, but I'll wait for a physical copy. I love to read these kinds of things during readathons! Love the images you shared- especially her love of 90's girls group (although I love without irony).

Tracy Terry said...

Pulled in half by the thought of this one as there are so many things about it that appeal to me and yet at the same time there are an equal amount I'm not sure I'd enjoy.

Melliane said...

I don't think I've read something something like that, mainly based on the author's life.

Kindlemom said...

I bet my oldest would really like this. She really loved to sketch instead of journaling.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Weird, quirky and realistic are words that come to mind when I think about this one.

Ginny Gallagher said...

I think I would enjoy this one in the physical format. I journal/sketch in a sketch book and think it would be neat to look through someone else's. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Thompson said...

Oh, I think I might enjoy this too. I can definitely see why you would want it in print! Thanks for the review, Lauren!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Oh, the illustrations are so unusual and gorgeous. While this isn't for everyone, I think it would most definitely be for me.

Erika Sorocco said...

Absolutely loving the sketches!!

xx

Liviania said...

Sounds kind of fun, but the art isn't for me.

Candace said...

I don't know that I would enjoy this, but I can see how this would be good for a lot of teens. It might be inspirational for them to write their own journal as well.

Krysten Quiles said...

It actually sounds like something I'd like to check out!

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I actually like how this sounds. I mean not a coherent book but just bits of something. I don't know would it bother me, but still sounds interesting. Great review, Lauren :)

Jasprit said...

This book does sound really different to a lot of the books that I've seen around. I'm glad that you were able to it, and thank you for putting it on my radar, I may give it a go one day! :)

Giselle said...

This sounds really unique and I love books with illustrations. Never really grew out of loving that haha!

Aylee said...

Definitely looks cute! I could see this being a good coffee table type book that you might flip through from time to time, not so much a story you read in one go if it has no story narrative.

Cleo Bannister said...

This sounds like a really interesting concept. I'm not sure whether having it on-line will make it more, or less appealing but it'll be interesting to see how much interest it generates.

Brandi Kosiner said...

A story told with journaling and sketches wouldn't be for me, but I could see it being great for those who do it themselves

Montana @ The Book Belles said...

This sounds fun! Books that have a lot of pictures or photos always seem to be great :) I'll be adding it to my TBR.

kimbacaffeinate said...

This sounds sweet and for the right teen a delightful read. Thanks for sharing Lauren

Angela's Anxious Life said...

Huh... this actually looks a little depressing to me?? Was it sad? I have found some of the ebooks I read are also really more for physical books. I review a book in a few weeks (its an ARC so I had to wait) and that book would've been much better as a physical book.