Non-Spoiler Review: Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Last month I received a Waterstones gift card for my birthday, so while I was away for the weekend in Edinburgh I of course visited the mothership! One of the books I picked up was the recently published Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks.

I picked up a sampler at YALC and as it seemed like the sweetest autumnal read I needed a finished copy and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Let’s just say, I wasn’t wrong! It’s fairly difficult to write a review of such a short graphic novel but I will do my best, so apologies if this is just a gush!

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks.

Deja and Josiah are best friends, but only for one season each year. They’ve worked at the local pumpkin patch since they were in high school but this year it’s different. Heading off to college in the next year means that this is their last season at the patch. So the two decide to go out with a bang and experience all the patch has to offer, making their last shift one to remember.

My Thoughts

For those new to graphic novels, Pumpkinheads is a great place to start. It’s not intimidating, with easy to follow dialogue and beautiful, atmospheric illustrations. However, it would also be perfect for seasoned fans of graphic novels too! The novel is also split into little chapters which helps make it a super speedy read.

The story spans just one night, but during that time we get to learn a lot about the characters. I’m really impressed by how three dimensional the characters were, and how everyone in the novel seemed so individual. There where characters of differing ethnicities and sexualities, with Deja herself being bisexual which I was happy to see included.

Spanning such a short space of time means that the narrative is fairly simple and short. I thought it was spot on for the season though! I really enjoyed seeing what the pair got up to in the patch and it was just lovely escapism.

The colour scheme was perfect for Autumn, with hues of oranges and blues and reds. I could just imagine myself curled up with a warm drink reading Pumpkinheads over and over; the story just encapsulates this cosy season and is so utterly sweet.

I devoured this in 15-20 minutes on the train home, flying through the pages and Deja and Josiah’s adventures. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel, particularly as a job relating to Santa’s Elves was alluded to…

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks is a new favourite of mine at 4/5 stars. I don’t know about you but I want to visit a pumpkin patch, and I definitely want to be friends with Josiah and Deja.

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  • Reply twobookthieves

    This looks like such a perfect autumnal read and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    5th October 2019 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Imi

    Oh wow the art in this is beautiful. I’m always very reluctant to pick up anything by Rainbow Rowell but this seems very diverse and pretty <3

    5th October 2019 at 6:41 pm
    • Reply amyjanealice

      Yeah I’ve heard some… not so great things.

      6th October 2019 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply northernplunder

    im somewhat tempted by this, i tihnk if i were to read any of her books it would be this one! lovely review for sure tho

    5th October 2019 at 10:02 pm
    • Reply amyjanealice

      I’m happy to send my copy your way to borrow if you ever did want to read it!

      6th October 2019 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply bookloverkate

    This looks like a great read and I love the art!

    5th October 2019 at 10:26 pm
    • Reply amyjanealice

      It’s such beautiful art!

      6th October 2019 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply journeyintobooks

    Great review, this graphic novel sounds so perfect for this time of year. Definitely need to pick it up 💜👻

    6th October 2019 at 2:08 pm
    • Reply amyjanealice

      It really is perfect for Autumn!

      6th October 2019 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply iambookmad

    I adore Fangirl, and with the sequel to Carry on newly released, I bought this just beforehand. Reading your review makes me want to read that especially during Autumn!

    6th October 2019 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess

    Pumpkinheads looks adorable, and it does sound absolutely perfect for autumnal reading.
    The art looks so cute too!
    Cora |

    7th October 2019 at 9:40 am
  • Reply loisreadsbooks

    I loved this one so much! Great review!

    8th October 2019 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply bookishcoffeeblog

    I have been seeing this graphic novel everywhere, I would love to read it. I love that art style, and it sounds perfect for October!

    16th October 2019 at 8:49 am
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