Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, LGBT, Graphic Novel Comics, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 209 pages
Published: August 27th 2019
Publisher: First Second
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis: Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?
My Thoughts: So I ended up picking this up on a whim. The title and cover had caught my eye so I decided to put it on hold at the library. I am so excited I did because I ended up really enjoying this one.
The story is about Deja and Josiah. They are working their last day at the pumpkin patch before they go off to college. Josiah has had a crush on this girl since he started working there 3 years ago. He’s never spoken to her the whole time he’s worked there. Deja decides this needs to change and declares they are going on a mission to talk to the girl Josiah is crushing on. Little did they know it would end up being this whole adventure through the pumpkin patch.
I ended up really liking Deja a lot. She’s very friendly. She was pretty much friends with everyone they encountered along their mission. Even her ex’s were still on good terms with her. She also is very caring. She really wanted Josiah to talk to the girl he liked. She was willing to do whatever she could for him. She also just seemed to give off great energy. I fee that there is never a dull moment with her. On the other hand I didn’t care for Josiah as much. I mean sure he seemed like a good guy. He isn’t as confident and outgoing as Deja. He is however very hardworking and really cares about his job. I just felt like he helped push the story along because it was about him talking to this girl. The story wouldn’t have been the same without Deja.
Another thing that I liked about this story is the setting. This was honestly the coolest pumpkin patch I have read about. They have everything you can think of. They have all different types of foods, a corn maze, a hayride, animals, and so much more. It’s a dream pumpkin patch. It seems like a place you could just spend hours there doing different fall activities while eating different fall treats. I really wanted a pumpkin bomb which is vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two wedges of pumpkin pie, on a stick dipped in chocolate. That sounds like it was made for me. I’m drooling right now just thinking about it.
Another thing I enjoyed is the romance. I do feel it’s a bit predictable what ends up happening but I still really enjoyed it. I’m not going to spoil the ending for you guys. I do feel if you pay attention throughout the book you will probably see it coming too. I did see some people say they didn’t so I guess it’s how you interpret things. I just found it to be really precious. I mean right away from the very beginning you know there will be romance since Josiah is finally getting ready to talk to his crush. I feel like I would be the same way as him. I feel I would crush on someone and also just never talk to them either. I would really need a friend like Deja to help push me in that right direction. Also another thing about the romance is Deja encounters a couple of her exes along the way. It never is stated what Deja’s sexuality is but she’s very open about it and was nice to see.
Overall I thought this was such a fun fall read. I am so happy that I ended up picking this up. I do wish I would have gotten this to read on Halloween but I am happy I read it not to long after still during fall. I can see this being a fun book to pick up every fall. I might just borrow it from the library. I know a lot of people were saying there’s a lot of empty pages in the actual book and they weren’t happy with that. That’s why I probably will end up passing on a physical copy. If your local library has it and you want something with all the fall feels and a cute romance then I recommend you pick this up!
Have you guys ended up reading this comic? If so what were your thoughts on it. If not, is this book on your TBR? Are you planning to read it? Let me know in the comments.
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