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Following the events of the bestselling graphic novel, Sheets, Delicates brings Brenna Thummler’s beloved characters, artwork, and charm back to life. Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, Following the events of the bestselling graphic novel, Sheets, Delicates brings Brenna Thummler’s beloved characters, artwork, and charm back to life. Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is. Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as “different” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures? Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it’s like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most.


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Following the events of the bestselling graphic novel, Sheets, Delicates brings Brenna Thummler’s beloved characters, artwork, and charm back to life. Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, Following the events of the bestselling graphic novel, Sheets, Delicates brings Brenna Thummler’s beloved characters, artwork, and charm back to life. Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is. Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as “different” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures? Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it’s like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most.

30 review for Delicates

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Delicates is the sequel to Sheets, which I have not read. I had no problem reading this, however, the book quickly brought me up to speed - mainly that Marjorie, a schoolgirl, found out her parents' laundromat is hiding a large group of ghosts, who manifest themselves by wearing one of the cleaned sheets (ghosts classic style). One of the ghosts, Wendell, died at a young age, and he has a special friendship with Marjorie. This book focuses more on another girl in Marjorie's class, Eliza, who is a Delicates is the sequel to Sheets, which I have not read. I had no problem reading this, however, the book quickly brought me up to speed - mainly that Marjorie, a schoolgirl, found out her parents' laundromat is hiding a large group of ghosts, who manifest themselves by wearing one of the cleaned sheets (ghosts classic style). One of the ghosts, Wendell, died at a young age, and he has a special friendship with Marjorie. This book focuses more on another girl in Marjorie's class, Eliza, who is a bit of a loner. Eliza loves photography, and she wants to photograph ghosts - probably because she feels some kinship to the idea of ghosts, of being invisible to other living people. Eliza gets relentlessly bullied (by a group of girls who only recently accepted Marjorie), or maybe even worse, gets continually ignored. The book slowly cranks up Eliza's personal drama, and it seems to careen to an inevitable and horrible ending, if it weren't for Marjorie, and Wendell especially. Delicates is a sensitive, funny look at teenagers' lives, and the very real problems they encounter. It is about finding out who you are, and how you fit into a world that seems to not want you (the world is wrong). The art is great, and the colouring is fantastically subtle stuff, softly resonating with the story. (Kindly received an ARC from Oni Press through NetGalley)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bandita

    i enjoyed this book so much more than the first book. the illustrations are super gorgeous and breathtaking! i loved the lessons that the author tried to teach in this story, i.e, it's okay to be weird as long as we are true to ourselves, it's NOT okay to bully someone, and it's okay to follow your passion even if it means photographing ghosts. i enjoyed this book so much more than the first book. the illustrations are super gorgeous and breathtaking! i loved the lessons that the author tried to teach in this story, i.e, it's okay to be weird as long as we are true to ourselves, it's NOT okay to bully someone, and it's okay to follow your passion even if it means photographing ghosts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    A heart-touching story captured amidst a mildly haunting premise of a young girl — Marjorie — beginning middle-school with a bunch of her ghost friends in tow and another, quite odd but endearing, girl — Eliza — trying to capture ghosts through her photography passion. Continuing down the path of the first book, Sheets: where Marjorie is grieving the loss of her mother and trying to save her family's laundry business, with the help of a young boy's ghost, from a man who wishes to set up a hotel A heart-touching story captured amidst a mildly haunting premise of a young girl — Marjorie — beginning middle-school with a bunch of her ghost friends in tow and another, quite odd but endearing, girl — Eliza — trying to capture ghosts through her photography passion. Continuing down the path of the first book, Sheets: where Marjorie is grieving the loss of her mother and trying to save her family's laundry business, with the help of a young boy's ghost, from a man who wishes to set up a hotel in its place, Delicates also delivers on the emotional aspects but through the extremely important themes of depression, bullying, and being or not being who you really are when the world asks you to fit in. Beautiful artwork that takes the cold-blue vibes from the first graphic novel in the series is accompanied with the absolutely realistic portrayal of how the pain of being bullied, being alone, being invisible is overwhelming when the kindness and empathy you expect isn't awarded. Perfect for every demographic, but especially for teens who need to be reminded that purposeful confinement in a box of acceptable personas shouldn't be demanded nor delivered in the name of belonging to a school's social circle — and a note of mental health. ↣ an early digital copy received via netgalley but review remains uninfluenced. ↢ blog | ko-fi | twitter October 23, 2020: I loved Sheets so much, I'm READY FOR another amazing comic by the author!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm so glad I got the chance to read this graphic novel. It's the sequel to Sheets and even though you can completely understand the story without needing the first book, I still recommend you do read so that you can grasp what is going on with the ghosts at Marjorie's family laundry business. I felt like in this book Marjorie was taking on even more responsibilities and her father was no help, e The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm so glad I got the chance to read this graphic novel. It's the sequel to Sheets and even though you can completely understand the story without needing the first book, I still recommend you do read so that you can grasp what is going on with the ghosts at Marjorie's family laundry business. I felt like in this book Marjorie was taking on even more responsibilities and her father was no help, especially at the beginning of the book. I understand he's going though grief, but so is everyone and a young teenager should not have to shoulder all that burden alone. Wendell was adorable and I'm so glad he got the opportunity to come out of his shell and also of the house. I really enjoyed Eliza as a character and seeing her deep passion for photography was very nice. Since I might go into spoilers if I say more, I just want to point out that I deeply appreciated how this graphic novel deals with themes like bullying and suicidal thoughts. It's an unfortunate reality of our world and it's important to talk about this stuff so that we might all be able to prevent it from happening to someone. Overall, it is definitely a read that I recommend!

  5. 5 out of 5

    menna

    Im once again in absolute awe from how gorgeous this art is!!! It’s so pretty with breathtaking colors and I love it so much!!! I thought this book was so much heavier than the first one. While it did have it’s wholesome moments, (wendel is simply the cutest ever), the majority was focused on Eliza, one of Marjorie's classmates as she deals with being bullied in school for believing in ghosts. I really loved the story overall and the messages it conveyed and i'm really hoping there will be a thi Im once again in absolute awe from how gorgeous this art is!!! It’s so pretty with breathtaking colors and I love it so much!!! I thought this book was so much heavier than the first one. While it did have it’s wholesome moments, (wendel is simply the cutest ever), the majority was focused on Eliza, one of Marjorie's classmates as she deals with being bullied in school for believing in ghosts. I really loved the story overall and the messages it conveyed and i'm really hoping there will be a third book!!! thanks to netgalley for approving me for the arc!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebeca

    ** TRIGGER WARNINGS: BULLYING, DEPRESSION, RACISM, MENTION OF SUICIDE ** What a beautifully illustrated story. Delicates navigates sensitive topics with tact and discernment, carefully stringed together and brought to life through the lives of Marjorie, Wendell and Eliza. Too bad this is the last installment, I would've really love to keeping coming back to this universe with the ghost on the Human World. thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in excha ** TRIGGER WARNINGS: BULLYING, DEPRESSION, RACISM, MENTION OF SUICIDE ** What a beautifully illustrated story. Delicates navigates sensitive topics with tact and discernment, carefully stringed together and brought to life through the lives of Marjorie, Wendell and Eliza. Too bad this is the last installment, I would've really love to keeping coming back to this universe with the ghost on the Human World. thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/... This mistake happens to me too many times, only upon picking up the book I received from Netgalley do I realize it’s a sequel. But thankfully this one can be read as a sequel. I don’t read many graphic novels but this was such a good one. The illustrations were so cute and lovely and the whole story was very heartwarming and wholesome. It is a story about Marjorie, who has just started 8th grade and is a newly member of a clique. But, no one knows there is a https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/... This mistake happens to me too many times, only upon picking up the book I received from Netgalley do I realize it’s a sequel. But thankfully this one can be read as a sequel. I don’t read many graphic novels but this was such a good one. The illustrations were so cute and lovely and the whole story was very heartwarming and wholesome. It is a story about Marjorie, who has just started 8th grade and is a newly member of a clique. But, no one knows there is about 20 sheet ghosts in her laundry room and they are her best friends. If they knew that, they would probably make fun of her, just like they do with a quiet girl, who is always chasing ghosts. This graphic novels seems light and fluffy but it actually deals with some serious issues beyond the surface such as bullying, death of a family member and even suicidal thoughts. It once again brought up the very important topic of bullying and how it’s never okay to do it because you never know what kind of issues someone has in their personal life and how all those cruel words could affect them. The little ghost story is so cute and ties this all together perfectly, but to me the main topic of this friendship and how, when you have someone by your side, everything feels easier. I really enjoyed this graphic novel and it was good for me to read something different from what I usually read. I feel like this would be a great series for kids and teens because it does deal with some topics almost all of us struggled with in school, so it can be helpful and inspiring.

  8. 4 out of 5

    San

    I'm so delighted that I had opportunity to read another book in Sheets series! And I have to say that I liked sequel even more than the first one which is kind unusual for me. For me story in this book was more emotional than in the first one as it describe even more deep topics - in first book we had a story about dealing with lost of someone close and in second one centers on bulling and feeling like a ghost around others. In this graphic novel we continue to follow Marjorie's story and we get I'm so delighted that I had opportunity to read another book in Sheets series! And I have to say that I liked sequel even more than the first one which is kind unusual for me. For me story in this book was more emotional than in the first one as it describe even more deep topics - in first book we had a story about dealing with lost of someone close and in second one centers on bulling and feeling like a ghost around others. In this graphic novel we continue to follow Marjorie's story and we get to know another character, Eliza, who is bullied by Marjorie's friends. Eliza is amazing character, passionate about photography, especially ghost photography, because of which other kids make fun of her and bully her. I admire her passion and that she stood behind her beliefs no matter. Like always illustrations are amazing! I love Brenna Thummler art style so much, it's so unique an colors are so vibrant! Thanks to NetGalley and Oni Press for opportunity to read this sampler in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hilda

    Life is a precious thing, dearie. It has skin that can feel. And feet that can dance. And hearts that can love and be loved. And are loved, sweetheart. There is so much heart in this comics. Probably because it talks about death and life and teens going through very hard moments in life. This follows Marjorie who in book one meets Wendell, a ghost. I was in the minority while reading book one, I liked it enough, but didn't love it. This time around I was reading as fast as I could and devoured it in Life is a precious thing, dearie. It has skin that can feel. And feet that can dance. And hearts that can love and be loved. And are loved, sweetheart. There is so much heart in this comics. Probably because it talks about death and life and teens going through very hard moments in life. This follows Marjorie who in book one meets Wendell, a ghost. I was in the minority while reading book one, I liked it enough, but didn't love it. This time around I was reading as fast as I could and devoured it in almost one sitting. (*Only because I had plans to eat with a friend. If not I would have read it all in one sitting.) It was so good. Tessi makes another appearance and even though I dislike her so very much she did redeem herself a bit at the end. Very little though. She has a long way to go for me to like her. Marjorie is the one that blew me away on this one. She was so upset with herself for letting her new group of friends bully Eliza, the new kid and teacher's daughter (yikes). She finally, even though terrified, do something about the bullying. She stood up to her new "friends." I was cheering her on! I also like how realistic it was. She didn't become the hero. She didn't know what to do. She told Eliza's parents. She reached out to the adults. This situation was more than a talk could handle. I'm glad Eliza is getting professional help. I also really liked the colors. The artwork was beautiful. This comic is perfect for teens. It's perfect for anyone dealing with life. I forgot to mention Marjorie's little brother and dad. The whole family is still suffering the loss of their wife and mother. It was so sweet to tie it all together with pictures. Eliza loves to take pictures and wants to start a photography club at school. And Marjorie finds boxes of pictures her mother took of them all and even an old camera with film still inside it. When I tell you this comic has heart I mean it. It's full of so many layers and I loved the experience...because it was a beautiful experience.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This was wonderful in every way, the author has done an incredible job of conveying such powerful emotions and telling such an important story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    An awesomazing sequel to Sheets! In fact, it’s even better than Sheets. Beautiful artwork. And it has an interesting but meaningful plot with excellent coverage of some the most important issues that teenagers face such as bullying, suicidal thoughts and also the importance of standing up for one’s friends. Overall, I just loved it. Highly Recommended! Thank You to NetGalley and Oni Press for this ARC!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cass

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review. ★★★★★ Can you please keep letting the world see you? What an absolute delight. Brenna Thummler has somehow managed to improve her storytelling ability in this sequel to Sheets, which is no easy feat. Marjorie and Wendell are as adorable as ever (seriously, how is Wendell the cutest thing ever drawn when he's just a simple sheet ghost?), but it's new character Eliza who shines brightest here. I te Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review. ★★★★★ Can you please keep letting the world see you? What an absolute delight. Brenna Thummler has somehow managed to improve her storytelling ability in this sequel to Sheets, which is no easy feat. Marjorie and Wendell are as adorable as ever (seriously, how is Wendell the cutest thing ever drawn when he's just a simple sheet ghost?), but it's new character Eliza who shines brightest here. I tend to be fairly apprehensive about picking up middle grade for fear of resenting a lack of complex ideas, doing well to remember that I am way out of the intended age range for the genre. But there's so much going on here. Firstly, we see Marjorie's flaws in a new light; she has grown from her grief and tribulations in the first installment, but she also isn't the greatest friend to Eliza or Wendell most of the time. She has fallen into the same pitfalls many junior high schoolers have — so desperate to be a part of a crew and therefore prone to overlooking her friends' terrible behavior. She's easily embarrassed, scared to speak up for herself, and above all, just wants to be liked. She's a good person, but often makes mistakes — which is so nice to see, given the pitch perfect protagonists I remember from my middle grade days. Secondly, so many facets of Eliza's struggles are explored. This is a graphic novel about bullying, at face value, but it can also be deeper than that. It's also about how adults fail children, and how it is occasionally necessary to challenge their preconceived notions and assert your certainties. It's about how friends can fail friends, and also how friends can fix some really brutal errors. It's about how much value we each offer the world. And it's about ghosts! Precious, precious ghosts! Wendell plays in beautifully here, as a ghost with many wishes and regrets who sees Eliza for the gem she is from the very start. Thummler's cool tones really lend themselves to this often moody but ultimately hopeful story. Her color palettes are absolutely exquisite. I also appreciate that she thanked her sensitivity reader, Jasmine Walls, in her acknowledgments. Given that this novel centers on the experiences of a Black girl, I'm relieved to know she did the necessary reach-outs to ensure that her writing and art were appropriate. I'm hoping Thummler changes her mind and the story doesn't end here; I for one would love to see an installment focused on Wendell's past. Is this because I pout and coo at him every time he pops up and need that joy in my life once again, but tenfold? Perhaps, perhaps.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    You never know what’s going on inside someone else’s head - how they’re hurting - even if you put the hurt there yourself. Marjorie, who felt like a ghost in Sheets, has recently started the eighth grade. In order to fit in, she hides who she really is from her new friends. Marjorie and her family are, each in their own ways, grieving the death of her mother. Eliza is an outcast who is repeating the eighth grade. “Sometimes I feel like a ghost, but maybe a ghost in the wrong place, you know?” You never know what’s going on inside someone else’s head - how they’re hurting - even if you put the hurt there yourself. Marjorie, who felt like a ghost in Sheets, has recently started the eighth grade. In order to fit in, she hides who she really is from her new friends. Marjorie and her family are, each in their own ways, grieving the death of her mother. Eliza is an outcast who is repeating the eighth grade. “Sometimes I feel like a ghost, but maybe a ghost in the wrong place, you know?” Eliza spends her time trying to capture ghosts on Lorraine, her camera (named after Lorraine Warren), for her paranormal portfolio. Being herself has resulted in Marjorie’s new friends bullying her, while Marjorie stands by, visibly uncomfortable but not intervening. Marjorie spending time with her new friends means she doesn’t have as much time to spend with Wendell, her favourite ghost. [image error] He’s missing his friend and feeling left out. He is trying his best to deal with both his life and life after death. I loved Eliza. Anyone who dresses up as a Ghostbuster for Halloween and wears different coloured socks is my kind of person. I ached for her as I watched her cross back and forth between being too visible and invisible. [image error] I always look for fun background details in graphic novels. My favourite find in Delicates was the names of the movies playing at The Rubin - The Ghost Wears Prada and What a Girl Haunts. As I’ve come to expect from Brenna Thummler, the artwork was absolutely gorgeous. The characters’ expressions often speak louder than their words and, although it’s been a long time since I last read Sheets, the colour palette immediately drew me back into its world. [image error] “You should never have to hide who you are.” Content warnings include (view spoiler)[bullying, depression, grief, racism and suicidal ideation (hide spoiler)] . Thank you very much to NetGalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read this graphic novel. Blog - https://schizanthusnerd.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "Ghosts and I have that in common. We come alive in the dark." Sheets was an unexpected story that hit me right in my heart and soul. I adored it so much that I made some of my friends read it too. It was one that I’ll never forget in my lifetime. I instantly jumped at the chance to read the sequel to a graphic novel that had an impact on my life. I was expecting that same kind of look and feel as the first one. One where we grow and learn as we go on with our lives. We do get that here but it was "Ghosts and I have that in common. We come alive in the dark." Sheets was an unexpected story that hit me right in my heart and soul. I adored it so much that I made some of my friends read it too. It was one that I’ll never forget in my lifetime. I instantly jumped at the chance to read the sequel to a graphic novel that had an impact on my life. I was expecting that same kind of look and feel as the first one. One where we grow and learn as we go on with our lives. We do get that here but it wasn’t as deeply touching or moving. This one deals with a very heavy subject. A subject we all have experienced in our lives at one point. Be it to yourself or you’ve witnessed it happening to someone else. This shows how people grow and stand up for one another. Life shouldn’t be about fitting in but about being kind to one another and lifting people up when they are down. Delicates was a good read with striking illustrations. It wasn’t as good as Sheets but I still enjoyed it. Wendell will always be my favorite ghostly character!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lexi

    Thank you to Netgalley and the published for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchanged for an honest review. Delicates was such a great sequel! I was intrigued by the characters in Sheets, and Delicates really brought them to life (yes, even the ghosts). The introduction of Eliza added a new layer to this story, to Marjorie, to Wendell that I didn’t expect. She really brought more awareness and depth to their lives, to the story in general and even to my love for this graphic novel seri Thank you to Netgalley and the published for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchanged for an honest review. Delicates was such a great sequel! I was intrigued by the characters in Sheets, and Delicates really brought them to life (yes, even the ghosts). The introduction of Eliza added a new layer to this story, to Marjorie, to Wendell that I didn’t expect. She really brought more awareness and depth to their lives, to the story in general and even to my love for this graphic novel series. The way her feelings and emotions were handled was done with care and authenticity and I often found myself with tears in my eyes that led to full crying by the end of the story. This series deals with grief, being an outcast, suicidal thoughts and bullying well, there was never a moment where it didn’t feel authentic. These topics are important to discuss and both Sheets and Delicates discussed them well, bringing awareness to them and the affect that they have on people.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madara

    Brenna Thummler's art is wonderful! Pastel pink and lilac. But her stories are hard hitting and sad. Both Sheets and Delicates deal with friendship, grief, bullying, and suicidal thoughts... I love that the ghosts are the ones helping humans to pick up the pieces and slowly heal. I really enjoyed reading both Sheets and Delicates. That being said - Delicates seemed to hit me harder. Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Brenna Thummler's art is wonderful! Pastel pink and lilac. But her stories are hard hitting and sad. Both Sheets and Delicates deal with friendship, grief, bullying, and suicidal thoughts... I love that the ghosts are the ones helping humans to pick up the pieces and slowly heal. I really enjoyed reading both Sheets and Delicates. That being said - Delicates seemed to hit me harder. Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Isaiah

    To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. Can you imagine a book that seems to be about sheet ghosts actually being about something so emotionally gut punching that you feel hollow after you finish it? I doubted, despite reading the first book. This book made my body hurt. I understood so intensely what one character was feeling that I felt sick at one point. Her pain is so palpable. Being bullied most of my life, but pretending it was fine to be alone is something t To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. Can you imagine a book that seems to be about sheet ghosts actually being about something so emotionally gut punching that you feel hollow after you finish it? I doubted, despite reading the first book. This book made my body hurt. I understood so intensely what one character was feeling that I felt sick at one point. Her pain is so palpable. Being bullied most of my life, but pretending it was fine to be alone is something that still gets to me when I see something this raw and this earnest. How could I not feel for the ghost photographing weirdo? I was her. I befriended every horse girl I came across. They were always the nicest girls. A ghost photographer would have been a better match for me. I would have loved to go ghost hunting with her. She didn’t deserve anything that happened to her. This is clearly aimed at teens, but it really works well for adults. Looking back at how painful middle school really was. Eighth grade seriously sucked. Bullying became more vicious, new social rules, puberty, dances, dating. It all got overwhelming. Add in depression and you got this book. It is so intense. It is so perfect. I seriously worried in the middle. There was a chance that this would go even darker. I will warn you there is a suicidal character. There are emotions around this and there is danger. It feels real. It felt like the times I have had to stop someone. This book doesn’t pull any emotional punches. I really shouldn’t have read this in public, this close to the anniversary of the last time I rushed someone to the hospital after a suicide attempt. This book hits really close to home. It isn’t easy to read and it isn’t as goofy as sheet ghosts promise. It is so easy to forget that cartoon ghosts are really dead people, people that never got to live out their dreams and their lives. Kid cartoon ghosts are always so friendly and it is so easy to just forget they aren’t alive any more. This book really confronts death on a lot of levels. This series really does hit hard. The art I think adds to it. It keeps a bit of a distance by not being hyper realistic. But it also makes it easier to be sucked in, because you don’t expect such deep emotions from something cutesy. The art is perfect and the story is a lot. This is not a book to take lightly and not one to be read when you are feeling vulnerable. Take care of yourself and any sheet ghosts you find. Everyone deserves a friend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    So for the sake of transparency, let it be known that I cried while reading a middle grade graphic novel. Unaware that this was a sequel, I was thrown into this story and the characters without the background knowledge from Sheets. Despite this, my enjoyment wasn't lessoned and I look forward to reading Delicates' predecessor. Delicates follows Marjorie, who is navigating grief, tricky eighth grade friendships and an entire family of ghosts living in her family's laundromat. Fellow eighth grader a So for the sake of transparency, let it be known that I cried while reading a middle grade graphic novel. Unaware that this was a sequel, I was thrown into this story and the characters without the background knowledge from Sheets. Despite this, my enjoyment wasn't lessoned and I look forward to reading Delicates' predecessor. Delicates follows Marjorie, who is navigating grief, tricky eighth grade friendships and an entire family of ghosts living in her family's laundromat. Fellow eighth grader and avid photographer, Eliza, is struggling with being an outsider and feeling like a ghost herself. As the two girls form a friendship, Marjorie, - often under the sharp and honest guidance of her ghostly friends - is faced with confronting the morals and behaviours of her other 'friends' while also trying to help her father and younger brother come to terms with their own grief. The characters all have their own flaws and there's a lot of lessons to be found amongst these illustrated pages. Delicates tackles some really heavy issues - mental health, trauma, bullying, peer pressure - in a way that's quite accessible and appropriate for a middle grade or younger YA audience. There was a lot of subtle yet thoughtful mirroring between Eliza's emotions and Wendell's ghost identity. The small parts of Tessi's home life gave our token mean girl a little more depth but I would have loved to see this pushed a little further. From a visual perspective, I just loved the colour palette of the art and the illustrations were so beautiful. Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this graphic novel. I hope there's a Sheets #3 in our future!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In Delicates, sequel to Sheets, we find Marjorie in a better place, albeit not a good one. She's not sure she fits in with her "friend" group and doesn't know where she stands with any of them. Thankfully, she still has her ghost friends at home but that's not so easy either when they are no so content since she's not home as much. Eliza is not feeling great either. She's always been lonely, her schoolmates regularly *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In Delicates, sequel to Sheets, we find Marjorie in a better place, albeit not a good one. She's not sure she fits in with her "friend" group and doesn't know where she stands with any of them. Thankfully, she still has her ghost friends at home but that's not so easy either when they are no so content since she's not home as much. Eliza is not feeling great either. She's always been lonely, her schoolmates regularly bully her and all she wants is to photograph a ghost to prove they're real... and maybe become one? She already feels invisible anyway. Delicates was a great addition to Sheets. I loved seeing Marjorie and her ghosts again and really enjoyed getting to know Eliza. Eliza hit hard for me. I really felt for her and saw myself in parts of her. The real great thing about this graphic novel is how deep the connection to the characters is. I often feel when I read graphic novels that I can't connect fully with the main characters because they can be so plot driven, they gloss over the characters. That sure wasn't a problem here. I felt so much, I even teared up a couple times... It also mentioned some very important topics and it did it so well too. And yes, standing by and letting someone bully someone else is also bullying. Also, I really like the art. It's so unusual, in a great way. Anyway, buy these books, read these books, and enjoy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Oh my heart! I absolutely loved this graphic novel! All. The. Feels. Marjorie runs with a clique that is not so kind. Hurt people hurt people is something I like to remember. Eliza is an amazing young girl who is passionate about photography and the paranormal. She doesn’t quite fit in at school. She tries to make connections but is just turned away. She and Marjorie find themselves with a mutual friend and unlikely hero. A story of compassion, empathy, forgiveness....be true to yourself and sta Oh my heart! I absolutely loved this graphic novel! All. The. Feels. Marjorie runs with a clique that is not so kind. Hurt people hurt people is something I like to remember. Eliza is an amazing young girl who is passionate about photography and the paranormal. She doesn’t quite fit in at school. She tries to make connections but is just turned away. She and Marjorie find themselves with a mutual friend and unlikely hero. A story of compassion, empathy, forgiveness....be true to yourself and standing up for what is right. All people matter. No one should feel so alone. The illustrations are fantastic. The colors are something else! Just so lovely. Every picture is so detailed. You can feel each characters emotions vividly. A great read that is so incredibly relatable. Just beautiful in every way possible. So thankful to read this one. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Creya

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. While Sheets was a bit jumbled and confusing, the message of Delicates was crystal clear. Thummler handles difficult topics like bullying and suicidal ideations with sophistication. This is a truly important read for any young person who is struggling or feeling like a ghost. The graphics were marvelous once again! I'm so happy I went on to read book two. Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. While Sheets was a bit jumbled and confusing, the message of Delicates was crystal clear. Thummler handles difficult topics like bullying and suicidal ideations with sophistication. This is a truly important read for any young person who is struggling or feeling like a ghost. The graphics were marvelous once again! I'm so happy I went on to read book two.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela Pop

    Another phenomenal title from Brenna Thummler, only further establishing her place as one of the greatest writers and illustrators out there at the moment. Much like the first installment in the series, DELICATES tenderly explores the many ways there are to be lonely and the impact finding the right person may have. Furthermore, this graphic novel attempts to get at the heart of the ways people may let themselves down once the world has done them wrong one too many times, as well as the ways to Another phenomenal title from Brenna Thummler, only further establishing her place as one of the greatest writers and illustrators out there at the moment. Much like the first installment in the series, DELICATES tenderly explores the many ways there are to be lonely and the impact finding the right person may have. Furthermore, this graphic novel attempts to get at the heart of the ways people may let themselves down once the world has done them wrong one too many times, as well as the ways to pick yourself back you. As heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, I loved every moment of it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra Erazo

    This book was even better than the first one. While I was reading it, I just thought about my actions throughout my eight grade days. It made me ponder a lot about how my actions and words affect others. Eliza was such a lovable and brave character who chased her dream even when no one believed in her. We can also see how Marjorie is improving with herself as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    So excited! It's the follow-up to Sheets! In case you missed it, Sheets is a middle grade/YA graphic novel about a middle school aged girl, Marjie, who helps run her family's laundry business. Then she meets Wendell, a ghost boy. In Delicates, we follow Marjie as summer ends and the new school year starts. She is still helping out at the family laundry and hanging out with Wendell. She longs after the boy she has a crush on and feels on the outskirts of her group of friends. Her friends at school So excited! It's the follow-up to Sheets! In case you missed it, Sheets is a middle grade/YA graphic novel about a middle school aged girl, Marjie, who helps run her family's laundry business. Then she meets Wendell, a ghost boy. In Delicates, we follow Marjie as summer ends and the new school year starts. She is still helping out at the family laundry and hanging out with Wendell. She longs after the boy she has a crush on and feels on the outskirts of her group of friends. Her friends at school are the popular kids and she worries that if they find out about Wendell that they will label her a freak. In the meantime, a fellow classmate, Eliza, is obsessed with trying to take photos of ghosts. The popular kids DO label her a freak. Eliza is definitely on the outskirts at school and begins to feel like a ghost. This is a charming book about trying to fit in while also trying to be yourself. It expresses how important it is to feel seen and included. We also see what it means to truly be someone's friend and how to reach out and help someone in need. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Parker J

    omg! I had no idea we would get a sequel!

  26. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    I still like it but something a miss...still liked it

  27. 4 out of 5

    ashes ➷

    How crazy rare is it to find a book that is exactly what you want so many books to be? One that not only exceeds your expectations, but turns out to be exactly what you've been looking for? This was that book for me. Delicates takes the opportunity of a sequel to delve deeper into the world, characters, and themes of the original Sheets. This book was certainly darker than the first, and it also felt much more realistic and even better at capturing the very real anxieties of teenagers. This book r How crazy rare is it to find a book that is exactly what you want so many books to be? One that not only exceeds your expectations, but turns out to be exactly what you've been looking for? This was that book for me. Delicates takes the opportunity of a sequel to delve deeper into the world, characters, and themes of the original Sheets. This book was certainly darker than the first, and it also felt much more realistic and even better at capturing the very real anxieties of teenagers. This book reminded me of the film Eighth Grade (which, yes, I also loved) in that it addresses some serious issues children and teens face that their media often seem to ignore. Sometimes you don't just feel bad at school-- you feel awful. You don't know whether it's worse to have bad friends or none. How do you get out of that horrifying, empty space where you're branded cringy, awkward, a social pariah because of some unknowable thing in how you act? This book sees Marjorie suddenly not just friends with the popular girl who previously degraded her but also a potential girlfriend to a popular guy! Or is she? It seems like they're together sometimes, and other times he's flirting with everybody else. And there's this girl, Eliza, who takes ghost photography--whatever THAT is. And Marjorie, obviously, can't let this girl blow her cover. Of being a normal person who doesn't believe in ghosts. But how can she walk that line of not letting her friends bully Eliza... and not being a social pariah herself? Delicates handled this with immense grace. Marjorie isn't always perfect, and Eliza is the best example of someone who is hated 'for no reason'-- she's a black, neurodivergent teenager who singlemindedly believes in things others don't and doesn't know how to moderate that to interact with others. She also, notably, 'doesn't care what guys think about her', according to some other students. Twenty years on this Earth and I have never seen someone capture so easily why some people are 'randomly' chosen to be bullied. It's not random. It's targeted, and it's often predictable. And how long has it taken for me to read a warm, empathetic portrayal of a teenager who's been held back a grade? Marjorie and Eliza's relationship isn't explicitly romantic or platonic, and I LOVE that. You can read it either way, and it's great either way. Women ought to be able to stick together and rise above their differences in all circumstances-- again, how many times have we all said we want more women supporting each other in fiction? And here it is, not just for adults, but in a book for teens. I needed this so much as a teenager. I'm struggling to describe the whole book because EVERYTHING was on point. Plot, characters, art style, everything. Some of these panel layouts are just so inspired I had to take a moment to take them in. Thummler improved immeasurably since her last book and I am so excited for the next one! Thanks so much to NetGalley for the ARC!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erin Wilson

    Yet again, I was blown away by the messages behind these illustrations in this wonderful sequel to Sheets. I absolutely loved the new character, Eliza, seeing her story it just made her seem so lifelike. I found myself wishing I could have been a friend to her. Marjorie disappointed me a little in the first half of this book, which I know was the intent of the author, to show that she was making a mistake with these "friends" and not standing up for herself and what she believed in. But it was s Yet again, I was blown away by the messages behind these illustrations in this wonderful sequel to Sheets. I absolutely loved the new character, Eliza, seeing her story it just made her seem so lifelike. I found myself wishing I could have been a friend to her. Marjorie disappointed me a little in the first half of this book, which I know was the intent of the author, to show that she was making a mistake with these "friends" and not standing up for herself and what she believed in. But it was still hard to read and to see how she was hurting Wendell, and to see how Eliza was hurt through Marjorie's inaction. As hard as it was to see, unfortunately, this is all to realistic in high school dynamics. Which I think a lot of people will relate to. I did like that you saw a bit of Tessi's home life, and although it in no way excuses what she did, I felt it fleshed out her character. Wendell remains my favourite character, if I could scoop him up and keep him safe always I would. He's just such a cinnamon roll of a character. The illustrati0ns were yet again, absolutely stunning, the colour palette used was similar to the first book so they tie together well. The coloration again, was so beautiful and captured the melancholic moments perfectly. I didn't expect this graphic novel to explore such hard hitting topics but it made me love it all the more. You see Eliza's struggle throughout this book with her mental health and suicidal thoughts, which again, I think a lot of people will relate and sympathise with her. Most people at least sometime in their life will experience or know someone close to them who will experience mental health problems. This graphic novel portrayed such emotion I don't think any reader could look at this and not feel empathy. I haven't seen many comics or graphic novels that incorporate this so this was great to see. As well there was a positive attitude towards therapy, and speaking out and seeking help when you feel trapped by your thoughts. I cried throughout the whole second half of this book it touched me so much. I cannot wait to purchase a physical copy to read it again and again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fatirah Murtaza

    Honestly I'm surprised that Delicates by Brenna Thummler is served as a sequel to the first book titled Sheets. I figured it out when I finally finished reading the book. This means that the second book can be read as a standalone as I didn't find the story detaching. We follow a girl named Marjorie who's been befriending with ghosts(covered in sheets) ever since she's stumbled upon them in her family's laundromat. One of them is a deceased young boy named Wendell who later becomes a special fri Honestly I'm surprised that Delicates by Brenna Thummler is served as a sequel to the first book titled Sheets. I figured it out when I finally finished reading the book. This means that the second book can be read as a standalone as I didn't find the story detaching. We follow a girl named Marjorie who's been befriending with ghosts(covered in sheets) ever since she's stumbled upon them in her family's laundromat. One of them is a deceased young boy named Wendell who later becomes a special friend to her. However, the relationship between Marjorie and Wendell is getting strained when a group of popular kids invites her into their circle. Marjorie desires the idea of being seen and visible. So she'll do anything in order for the circle to see and accept her. As I read through these scenes, I felt bad for Marjorie. Her supposed-to-be-friends always act reluctant around her as if they didn't acknowledge her presence at all. A true friend is supposed to accept and embrace your flaws, not belittling them. A true friend is supposed to be there when you're at the lowest point of your life. At this rate, Thummler has successfully fleshed out the characters very well, to the point that I could put myself in Marjorie's shoes. Then here comes another spotlight of the story, Eliza, Marjorie's classmate, who has a deep passion in capturing pictures of ghosts. Due to that, people around her feel that she's a freak for developing an eccentric hobby that nobody in the class does. Thus, she is labeled as a different one. Howbeit, she still wants to befriend with Marjorie because Marjorie doesn't outcast her like other kids have done. Having all of these interconnected, Eliza, Marjorie and Wendell together embark on a quest to untangle what has been holding them back from showing the true side of themselves? It's a story that shines through the darkness, a story that people these days often resonates with and a story that has its own originality. With that spellbinding art, please, I want to see more of them in the future. Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! This is amazingly illustrated and written. I read this and did not want to put it down. The art throughout this was extremely eye-catching. the colors, the characters, and the scenery. I also really enjoyed how it dove into deeper topics throughout the book , specifically towards the end. I loved Eliza's character especially throughout it because she was trying so hard to ask for help throughout it but nobody listened. I feel like this is going to be a great read for people I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! This is amazingly illustrated and written. I read this and did not want to put it down. The art throughout this was extremely eye-catching. the colors, the characters, and the scenery. I also really enjoyed how it dove into deeper topics throughout the book , specifically towards the end. I loved Eliza's character especially throughout it because she was trying so hard to ask for help throughout it but nobody listened. I feel like this is going to be a great read for people in 6th grade and up because this addresses topics that a lot of schools don't want to talk about it but that a lot of kids go through.. It really was a fantastic read and I will definitely be buying a physical copy when this comes out. Thank you to netgalley for allowing me to receive this ARC for an honest review.

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