This graphic novel tells the true story of n 11-year-old boy and gang member in Chicago in 1994.
Was Robert “Yummy” Sandifer a victim or a cold-blooded killer?
I loved hearing everyone ‘s opinions and theories both in Yummy’s neighborhood and “experts” on television:
“I blame his parents! They made him into a monster;” “Just looking for attention;” “He’s just lost;” “He’s a thug plain an’ simple.”
It’s hard to decide whether Yummy deserves our sympathy or our apathy. He was young and lost, looking for a place to belong, but he also took an innocent girl’s life. Those are the facts.
This graphic novel explores poverty, gangs, abused children, foster care and all of the systems used to address (or ignore) these issues…
This graphic novel was definitely not for me. I didn’t really see much of a point to it. I hated how the two friends talked to each other and how Enid acts. The girls associate with a lot of sick individuals and their minds are always aloof to anything important. Until Enid is considering going to college and even that seems like a joke to them. I just found the whole graphic novel to be too strange. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to read this one, but I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone.
But many people must disagree with me because this story by Daniel Clowes is “Now a major motion picture.” IMDb gives the 2011 film a 7.5 rating and an 88/100 Metascore. The movie stars Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, and even Scarlett Johansson…
I must be missing something… or it just wasn’t my jam.