Reviews for strange day
Booklist Reviews 2005 May #1
Hurd, lucky in his artist collaborators (see The White Elephant, 2004, drawn by Christopher Steininger), offers a teenage love story he wants the reader to approach as "the sixteen year old that fell in love at first sight." Miles meets Anna when both skip school to get the new Cure CD and arrive at the music store before it opens. They kill time with the morning mall-walkers and return to find that the CD won't go on sale 'til afternoon. They get something to eat and drive to his special place and then to hers. Meanwhile, they've talked, shared intimacies, and kissed. He's revealed his loneliness, and she her impulsiveness, especially in her last action before the story ends. Will they see more of one another? The attitude Hurd wants us to take implies they will. Gill commands a thick, active line, varies distance more than angle of perspective, crops effectively, and never distracts with too much background detail. A sweet, lovely, utterly credible slice-of-teen-life. ((Reviewed May 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.
VOYA Reviews 2005 October
In the mid-1990s, Miles is skipping school to pick up the latest Cure album. While waiting for Media Play to open, he meets Anna, who also skipped school to pick up the newest album. After being told that copies of the CD will not arrive until the afternoon, they decide to hang out together. The day is spent eating at a diner and then each showing the other their special places. Miles's is an abandoned playground, and Anna's is a secluded beach. The story is a quiet piece about connecting with someone, and it is timeless in its portrayal of immediate attraction The creators assume that the readers are adults although the love story is between two alienated teens. In their "backword," Hurd and Gill explain that this story is for the teens that readers once were. The condescending tone might be a drawback, but beyond the "backword," the writing will attract those intellectual teens who are on the cutting edge of culture. The black-and-white art is uneven in its attention to detail. Some panel work is drawn meticulously, while other panels seem rushed, sloppy, and amateur. This book will require hand selling, and because of its stapled binding, it might get lost between larger graphic novels.-Kristin Fletcher-Spear 3Q 2P S A/YA G Copyright 2005 Voya Reviews.