Author: Marjane Satrapi
Description: A graphic memoir (graphic as in like a comic book) about a girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution.
Writing style: The graphic novel style allows the words to be understated because the pictures can show emotion.
Audience: Everyone should read this. Because it’s about a young girl, it’s appropriate for students from about ninth grade on.
Major ideas: Satrapi wanted to let the rest of the world know that what happened in Iran was more complex than the version that made it to the West. There wasn’t a simple good guys vs. bad guys conflict; good guys became bad guys, victims became oppressors, and you never knew when your number would be up.
Wrap-up: This book has been widely acclaimed and used for lots of first year reads and One Reads, and with good reason. It’s easy, it’s quick to read, and it tells a story that most people don’t know. It's also been made into a critically acclaimed movie. 5/5*