Bad Houses

Bad Houses

Book - 2013
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"Lives intersect in the most unexpected ways when teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths at an estate sale in sleepy Failin, Oregon. Failin was once a thriving logging community. Now the town's businesses are crumbling, its citizens bitter and disaffected. Anne and Lewis refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover the secrets of their hometown and their own families. Bad Houses is a coming-of-age tale about love, trust, hoarding, and dead people's stuff."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781595829931
Characteristics: 153 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: McNeil, Carla Speed


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May 01, 2017

Engrossing character studies.

Jul 07, 2016

As soon as I read the description for "Bad Houses", I knew I had to read it! The themes surrounding life in a small, struggling timber town resonate strongly with my personal experiences. I love how they explore what parts of ourselves remain in the things we leave behind. These are the kinds of questions that I enjoy puzzling over. The illustrations are fantastic, too!

May 17, 2016

Families can be so complicated! Especially if you live with them. Lewis even works with his mother, double trouble. Bad Houses centers around him and Anne, whose mother is a hoarder, and what happens after their chance meeting at one of Lewis’s mother’s estate sales. Various backstories and characters’ current issues are revealed piece by piece until all the interconnections are laid out.

McNeil’s drawing style really gives the characters energy and humanity even when they’re behaving awfully. For a little bitty town, there are a lot of secrets here. Lewis and Anne’s budding romance is effective because it’s so real – not perfect, but there’s such a strong “click” with them. Loved this book!

stewaroby Jan 21, 2014

A truly outstanding graphic novel, not just for inveterate thrift shoppers and those who worry about hoarding. Sharp observations, intelligent dialogue, great drawings and a lovely story.

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