Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Disclaimer: An ARC copy of Sheets by Brenna Thummler was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review, which has no impact on my opinion of the book.
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen-year-old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.
Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.
When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.
Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.
The art. Oh, my tacos, the art. It's just...blowing my mind right now.
It's beautiful, relaxing, breathtaking, so many other positive adjectives out there. I cannot gush about this enough. The details and the color palette is reminiscent of Steven Universe to me, a show that I love, so that already was a huge seller to me. I admit I requested this because of the cover more than anything.
Another of my likes for this would be how trauma and loss were shown in this short but well-thought out work. It was addressed and hinted at all through the story without a BIG SIGN and later on forgotten, like so many other stories before. Marj (one of our MCs) is going through more than a lot of other kids are going through and we could feel her pain and frustrations through the art alone!
The story itself...it was a bit...flat? I mean I love the premise and the idea but everything was rushed and, yes, I was scared for Marj and her family's home when she finally gave in but other than that the story felt almost rushed and I would've loved to learn more about Will, our friendly neighborhood ghost. How his family is doing, what life was like before he died and so on. I don't know, it was a somewhat lukewarm ending. There are so many things in this story that would've added to it, in my opinion, but it ended up just being a really attractive piece of art with an okay story.