Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
Zest, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Jessica Maguire
fter growing up for eighteen years in the small farming community of Paw Paw, Michigan, author Ramsey Beyer was ready for a change. Leaving her friends, family, and small town life behind, Ramsey headed east to the bustling city of Baltimore, Maryland, to attend art college.
ittle Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
chronicles the ups, downs, and personal discoveries of Ramsey's first year at college. Unlike other memoirs containing nothing but words, Ramsey includes her collages, entries from her journal, and her many lists, as well as doing her own illustrations for this book. The result is a unique and fun memoir that reads like a hybrid of comic book and scrapbook.
amsey's memoir covers all the emotions a teenager away at college for the first time feels. They range from being homesick and missing family and friends to exploring city life and making new friends, and the uncertainty of choosing a major. All is cleverly documented and shared throughout the memoir. Her lists, ranging from the serious to the silly, include topics such as '
ways to annoy me
' and the '
top 10 worst sounds.
really enjoyed reading this fun memoir, that offers both a humorous and poignant look at growing up and finding one's way in the world. That being said, this book would make a perfect gift for college bound high school seniors as they embark on their journey into the world as
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