The Book: Lost at Sea is my first Bryan Lee O'Malley graphic novel. Vasilly, one of my go-to sources for graphic books, is a fan of O'Malley, so I knew I had to give one of his books a try.
In expressive black and white panels, Lost at Sea focuses on Raleigh, an eighteen-year-old who fears she has lost her soul. She doesn't know what she's doing or where she's going. In short, she's a typical teenager on the brink of adulthood with roller coaster emotions. The setting is a road trip: Raleigh accepts a ride home with three schoolmates whom she doesn't know very well. That's a situation that can be uncomfortable for even the most self-assured adult, but it's almost torture for Raleigh.
I loved how perfectly O'Malley captured what it's like to be young and unsure. My heart went out to Raleigh as I remembered the awkward moments of my own youth, and I smiled when hope was found from an unexpected source. Don't miss this slice of life novel.
The Tea: November's cold, wet afternoons have been perfect for drinking tea. This week I tried Vanilla Creme Earl Grey from California Tea House. I usually like Earl Grey, and this blend didn't disappoint. It's smooth with a heavenly aroma. Here's the description: "We started by creating a fantastic Earl Grey with a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Nilgiri teas seasoned with the oil of bergamot. Next, we added bits of vanilla bean and cornflower petals to round it off ." Thanks to Julie from Booking Mama for introducing me to this company, and be sure to visit her blog to get a discount code before you order.
The Assessment: Kids drink tea, don't they? Raleigh is fairly well off and her mother likes to entertain, so I think the teen could very well have run across Vanilla Creme Earl Grey at some point. Even though she might be concerned about what the other kids think, I'd like to imagine that Raleigh would give this a try.
What About You? In the United States, today is Thanksgiving. I want to take this moment to tell all my readers from around the world that I'm thankful to have you in my life. Who knew when I started blogging that I would make so many friends. Whether you're eating turkey or it's just another weekday, let me know what you're reading and drinking.
Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.