A short review of Lost At Sea, a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley…
Book: Lost At Sea
Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Pages: 160 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/ Graphic Novel/ Comic
Age Recommendation: 15+
Published: 24/07/2012 (First Published 22/12/03)
Publisher: Oni Press
“Every time you look up at the stars, it’s like opening a door. You could be anyone, anywhere. You could be yourself at any moment in your life. You open that door and you realize you’re the same person under the same stars. Camping out in the backyard with your best friend, eleven years old. Sixteen, driving alone, stopping at the edge of the city, looking up at the same stars. Walking a wooded path, kissing in the moonlight, look up and you’re eleven again. Chasing cats in a tiny town, you’re eleven again, you’re sixteen again. You’re in a rowboat. You’re staring out the back of a car. Out here where the world begins and ends, it’s like nothing ever stops happening.”
― Bryan Lee O’Malley,
I borrowed Lost At Sea from my sister, Sinéad. She’s basically my graphic-novel-guy. I need a graphic novel? She’s got one. So far I have loved Bryan Lee O’Malley’s novels so I was really excited to give this one a read. I was also told it was full of cats. And it is! So. Many. Cats.
Lost At Sea is the story of an 18 year old girl named Raleigh. She feels lost and confused like everyone does sometimes. Raleigh is pretty certain she doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it. At least that is what she would tell people if she felt like talking to anyone. Raleigh is channeling her confusion into a crazy search for her lost soul and finds herself on a road trip with three of her classmates.
There’s not a lot that I can say about Lost At Sea without giving away the entire story. It is simply about some really nice, likable characters on a road trip together. There isn’t much to the plot – but that is okay. The black and white artwork is beautiful (as always) and the dialogue is simple. Everything is subtle. It’s both funny and emotional with just a hit of madness like the rest of O’Malley’s work. At 160 pages, you can read this book in a couple of hours. It is a beautiful short read for anyone who has felt or is feeling lost at sea.