Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Passport by Sophia Glock. When I first found out about this book, I knew it was one I would want to read. And don’t get me started on how much I love that cover! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to Sophia Glock and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.
Sophia’s comics and cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Narratively, MUTHA Magazine, and Time Out New York. Her work has also been featured in various anthologies including, Ink Brick, Suspect Device, Quarter Moon, DIGESTATE, Rabid Rabbit, and Kilgore Quarterly. Her collection of comics Born, Not Raised was selected to be included in The Society of Illustrators Cartoon and Comics Art Annual 2016 and her short comic The Secrets in My Mother’s Nightstand was shortlisted for The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year in 2016.
In 2008 she was a recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant for her comic, The Deformitory. She is also the author of The Lettuce Girl, SemiSolid, Over Ripe and Passport: Fig. You can pick up her mini comics at indie-friendly stores across the country, or from Bird Cage Bottom Books.
About The Book
Author: Sophia Glock
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: November 30th, 2021
Page Length: 320
Genre: Graphic Novel | Memoir
Age Range: Young Adult
An unforgettable graphic memoir by debut talent Sophia Glock reveals her discovery as a teenager that her parents are agents working for the CIA
Young Sophia has lived in so many different countries, she can barely keep count. Stationed now with her family in Central America because of her parents’ work, Sophia feels displaced as an American living abroad, when she has hardly spent any of her life in America.
Everything changes when she reads a letter she was never meant to see and uncovers her parents’ secret. They are not who they say they are. They are working for the CIA. As Sophia tries to make sense of this news, and the web of lies surrounding her, she begins to question everything. The impact that this has on Sophia’s emerging sense of self and understanding of the world makes for a page-turning exploration of lies and double lives.
In the hands of this extraordinary graphic storyteller, this astonishing true story bursts to life.
I always have a hard time rating and reviewing memoirs – It almost feels like I’m rating that person’s life, despite knowing that’s not the case. This tells the story of Sophia’s life as a teenager while living in Central America. As a teenager, Sophia knows little about her parents lives – due to the vague answers parents give. I found this to be a nice slice of life story – it felt like a very typical teenager’s experience – except that Sophia is an English speaking in a Spanish speaking country. I found that to be interesting since it’s different from my own experiences.
The art style was simplistic and stuck with the gray/white/pink tones with the odd pop of colour now and then. It felt like a mesh-up of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki with old style comic strip art style (think Family Circus or For Better or Worse). I enjoyed this art style and pallet for this story. I felt it fit the time, 90s, and the story. The pop of 90s culture that appears here and there was a nice surprise and added a note of nostalgia for me, which I loved.
Overall, this was a really great slice of life memoir with a different experience than my own, which made it more interesting. However, with memoirs being a genre that I gravitate less towards, I found myself less invested than I would have liked. If you love memoirs to gain different perspectives then I think you’ll enjoy this. If you’re hoping to venture more into non-fiction, but not sure how – then I think this would be a great step into the non-fiction world without feeling overwhelmed.