Select one of the keywords
Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year    by Ramsey Beyer order for
Little Fish
by Ramsey Beyer
Order:  USA  Can
Zest, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

After 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.

Little 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.

Ramsey'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.'

I 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 little fish.

Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.

Find more Teens books on our Shelves or in our book Reviews