24 November 2011

Thursday Tea: Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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.

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Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.

Published by Oni Press, 2005
ISBN-13: 9781932664164
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B

Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


bermudaonion 11/24/11, 8:25 AM  

Did Bryan Lee O'Malley write the Scott Pilgrim books? They were a little strange for me. I like Earl Grey tea, too, and suspect I'd enjoy that one.

Beth F 11/24/11, 8:29 AM  

He did write the Scott Pilgrim books, which I haven't read.

rhapsodyinbooks 11/24/11, 9:04 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you get lots of help with that dish washing! :--)

Liz,  11/24/11, 9:12 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving.

For those not celebrating the US holiday, I found this quote: “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”–Edward Sandford Martin

On tea:

Barbara 11/24/11, 10:25 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too, Candace. Hope it's a sunny day in your part of our commonwealth like it is here in NE PA.

Daryl 11/24/11, 12:42 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I bought the "I'll be dead..." book for our vet who we have an appt with this Sat. Ordered it from BN.com and its here .. so thanks again for the suggestion post!

Beth Hoffman 11/24/11, 1:29 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Candace!

Anonymous,  11/24/11, 2:27 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Zibilee 11/25/11, 10:36 AM  

Earl Grey with vanilla? Oh that sounds heavenly! I am going to have to get some of that for myself! I am drinking Oolong tea this week, and loving it. I am hoping to bring more special tea home this weekend after taking my daughter for high tea!

This graphic novel does sound amazing, and I can so relate to the awkwardness of the main character. I will have to see if I can find this one. Thanks for the excellent review!

Vasilly 11/26/11, 1:22 PM  

Glad to see that enjoyed another recommendation! ;-) I think Raleigh would have definitely ran across this brand of tea before. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Julie P. 11/29/11, 6:25 AM  

I'm in a bit of a reading rut and I think a graphic novel might be exactly what I need.

Unknown 11/29/11, 2:30 PM  

I remember really liking Lost at Sea (and the Scott Pilgrim books…)

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