Book Reviews

Book Review: “Pumpkinheads” by Rainbow Rowell, Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance, Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


ABOUT: 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?


My Review:
I’d seen this book all over bookstagram and became curious about it, especially since it was a graphic novel written by Rainbow Rowell. I’d only read one book by her but I had  feeling this would be a good read. And it was.

Pumpkinheads follows the same format as your traditional summer romance story but instead takes place at a pumpkin patch. The setting right away set it apart from other stories. It’s Deja and Josiah’s last season at the pumpkin patch before they go off to college and Josiah’s last chance to confess to his crush. The adventure that ensues just to find this person is wild and funny. The night becomes a wonderful memory that’ll last forever.

The appeal is further enhanced by Hick’s stunning illustrations. I don’t think the story could’ve have been told any other way. Her art paired with Rowell’s exceptional storytelling brought the story to life.

While both characters are likable, I like Deja more than Josiah. I connected with her more because of her vibrant personality and she didn’t spend page after page moping.

If you haven’t yet, Pumpkinheads is a must read. You’ll be absorbed into the story instantly and have a grand time reading.

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