Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
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?
I normally don’t review graphic novels, but I know this one is really popular now. I just picked it up at Target and ended up reading it the following day. It’s the perfect, cute read for fall.
This is pretty much what I expected it to be. The setting was by far my favorite part, but I also adored Deja so much. She had the best personality and wanted to live her best life every single day. I’ll be honest and say that Josie annoyed me. He was just so broody and sad. I thought their friendship was great though and I was hoping they would stay in touch after their last day of work.
I loved reading the messages from Rainbow and Faith at the end. One thing that stood out to me (and thank you Rainbow) was this: I wanted to push back on the idea that a girl needs to be small and petite to be completely adorable. I liked that Deja was taller and that she wasn’t afraid to eat a bunch of foods in front of a boy.
I gave this 5 stars. I definitely wanted to go have an adventure at a pumpkin patch right after reading it. None of ours are even close to being as cool as this one. I did buy tickets to a haunted maze and trail though. 🙂 Just not in Illinois.
Have you read Pumpkinheads yet? Do you love Halloween? Are you doing anything fun for it this year?