Looking at emotions, feelings, love in forms, and concepts surrounding the self, Crushing is a memorable graphic novel.
Hmmm. How to talk about a graphic novel that doesn't use words to communicate? Seems ironic to use words themselves to talk about it. But let's give it a go anyway.
Crushing is going to mean something different for everyone. That's part of its beauty.
Without words, without a harshly formed boundary created by the usual narrative structure, characters, or plot, this is a story that works like a mirror of sorts, reflecting your own impressions back on to you.
For that reason alone, it's pretty impossible to describe to others and rate semi-objectively. My rating comes from my own personal reaction to these illustrations and the feelings and memories they evoked in me. This wasn't a feel-good story of romance like we'd usually highlight in February, but love and feelings are not limited to the popular or even the typical.
Crushing as a title on its own is an interesting play. Having a crush on someone, but also feeling literally crushed and the acting of self crushing under/within/on—the title is similar to its contents in the way that it waits for you, the reader, to react in order to derive meaning.
My review is a bit of nonsense. But this is a graphic novel of feelings, emotions, and reflection. It evoked in me a sense of self-reflection, moodiness, and a strange sense of nostalgia tinged with a complex lingering vibe that I'm still pondering.
What will Crushing evoke in you?
Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
Amy Imogene Reads
Just someone looking for her own door into Wonderland.