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Someone to Talk To

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You're by yourself on your birthday, you just blew out the candles, had too much wine. Then you make a call to a random stranger and you find yourself calling your....younger self?? What do you do? This is the question that Someone to Talk to asks.

Sam is relatable from the start, lonely on his birthday. I feel like a lot of people can relate to that feeling. He is a very charming main character and I enjoyed following his journey as he wrestles with the past and present. I loved seeing him grow as he is encouraged by his past self. He gets more confident and is encouraged to pursue things he cares about. It was really cool to see. 

One of my favorite aspects was definitely the art. The inks and watercolor blend together smoothly. They are beautiful but rough enough to emphasize the more comedic moments. One of my favorite aspects was the pages of montage that helped out sink into Sam's world.
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This book had no right to make me cry, but it did. 
Just me sitting at work with my phone in hand tears, running down my face.

This book at it's core is about healing from Childhood Trauma and Grief and healing that inner child with a sweet romance thrown in to boot.
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'Someone to Talk To' with story and art by Gregory Panaccione is a graphic novel about a lonely guy who makes an accidental call to his past.

Samuel is celebrating another lonely birthday.  When he has a mishap with his mobile phone, he picks up his old phone and calls his old childhood phone number.  The person who answers is a surprise and they start a relationship that will help both of them.  That will include helping Samuel break out of his shell and start a new relationship and start writing that book he's always wanted to write.

This one has all the feels.  It deals with how we trap ourselves in our lives and don't take risks as we get older.  I really liked this feel-good story and the twists and turns it takes.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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Samuel is alone, lives in Paris, works in Paris. He drinks a bit too much on his birthday, and decides to phone his childhood home, and to his (and my) surprise the person who picks up is his younger, ten-year-old self. Adult Samuel tells young Samuel about his life, and young Samuel is not impressed.

And so the two Samuels keep in touch, young Samuel regularly shaming adult Samuel in being more proactive in his life, and adult Samuel tries to keep young Samuel from the harm that he remembers is coming.

Throw in a love story for adult Samuel, a tragic story for young Samuel, some very expressive and funny art, and I'm quite a happy reader.

More emotional than you'd expect, perhaps, one of the better books of the past year.
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Very enjoyable story with art that reminded me a lot of Will Eisner. This was touching and full of heart so recommended.
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This is a short graphic novel that packs a punch. One man is celebrating a sad, lonely birthday, calling an ex. This is Samuel's existence. He is not happy in both his personal and professional lives. The only friends he seems to have is an old couple downstairs. He calls the only number he remembers on his landline, that of his childhood home. Samuel answers, this is himself all those years ago. In this time-slip (I had not known this word before but love the images it conjures up), the Samuel from the future talks to the one from the past and counsels him through a hard phase in his life. In return, he gains the confidence to make changes in his life.
I do not want to go into the rest of the story because it is not a big volume and can be read in one sitting - even with the heavy emotional content. I did not enjoy the love story because it seemed at odds with the rest of the narrative, but the very last set of panels upped the rating again. It was hard not to chuckle at it. It was a pretty ideal way to wrap up such a book.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.
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Being able to either go back into time in some way to right wrongs committed, or give warnings to a younger version of themselves is one of those fantasies that most people wish they could achieve. Sometimes things linger in your head forever, haunting one’s mind until adulthood. In Someone to Talk To, a new graphic novel by the fine folks over at Europe Comics, Author Grégory Panaccione shows why such an occurrence might be good in some ways, and bad in others. Having to relive past traumas, or realize how much of “a failure” an adult version of you is in comparison to childhood dreams could be rough, but it might also be the kick in your pants to force a change in your life – to regain some lost potential.

“Samuel is feeling blue, and for good reason! He’s single, lives in a tiny Paris apartment, and is languishing in a job he hates. Alone on his birthday, he decides to amuse himself by calling the only phone number he knows by heart: the one for his childhood home. To his surprise, someone picks up… His past self! All 10-year-old Sam wants to do is play soccer, travel the world, and write books to impress girls. How will Samuel ever be able to tell him the truth without crushing his dreams? It’s time he got his life back on track.”

We find out that the seemingly magical phone calls are only available to both Samuels, and that it appears as if “modern Samuel” can change things for “young Samuel”, but not alter his own life. Fate seems to have a way of stepping in and ensure the timeline stays the same. They help each other through some really tough times, and as a result it seems like the aged Samuel takes hold of his life, cleans himself up, stops being lonely, takes up his old passions again, and finally stands up to issues that have been plaguing his life for years.

One of the highlights of this story was the art style. I absolutely loved Samuel’s facial expressions and his internal over-the-top reactions to things. He might be standing there smiling, but in his head he has bugged-out eyes and his mouth wide open in terror. It reminded me a bit of comics like GTO by Tohru Fujisawa who does a similar thing to similar hilarious results. Most of this comes when Samuel awkwardly tries to hit on Li-Na, a Chinese transfer to his advertisement company that he has fallen head-over-heels with.

The back half of the book has two parallel stories: modern Samuel and his courtship with Li-Na, and younger Samuel dealing with the lead up to the death of his mother. The writing is impeccable and rivals many romantic comedy films I’ve seen. In some ways, the film is vaguely similar to a film I’ve seen called Frequency, with this being better simply due to the use of comedy to off-set some of the darker moments.

This was a great comic, and a real feel good story that I definitely needed today. I always enjoy the quality of the books put out by Europe Comics, and a big thanks to whomever they have choosing books to being over. I have really broadened my horizons with these books, with many of my favorite titles being from them. Grégory Panaccione seems to be an author I need to follow, because if the rest of his works is as good as this he is a person I need to look into. Overall, highly recommended book!
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I heard a lot of good things about this comic book so I gave it a try. I also fell in love with this title. It's not necessarily a favourite, but it's a read that will stay with me for a while.
This comic book opens with Samuel celebrating his birthday alone, brooding and drunk. I must admit that I was afraid I wouldn't like it because this main character is not appealing. But once this episode is over, we follow a different Samuel. He doesn't have many ambitions because he's kind of given up on the idea of living life to the fullest. The call with his child "him" gives him a desire to move forward, to always hope. I found this very beautiful. I loved Samuel's neighbours, they were adorable. I don't necessarily feel the need to go and discover the book because I have the impression that everything is said in this comic strip. It's proof that it's well done.
I recommend it to those who are looking for a hopeful read.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this Graphic Novel, full of life, love and a little bit of unexplainable time dimension/time travel. 
Samuel is down on his luck, in a job he dislikes, single, alone, drunk and with no one to celebrate his birthday with he decides to ring his childhood home... and his 10 year old self answers.
What follows is a journey back and forward, trying to live up to the promises he made himself as a child and buoyed on by Sam to make changes for the better for his future, especially when a new work colleague makes Samuel want to open his heart again.
With clear and bright cartoon like illustrations, reality, time and dreams blending at points, the illustrations and story had a quality like that of Will Eisner. An uplifting read and the message that it is never too late to turn your life around, if you have the courage to ( and the encouragement/nagging of your younger self).
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You may need someone to talk to, especially if that person is your ambitious self who once striving for the best.
The good about this book is the turning point that changed the life of a miserable person into a better one.
I highly recommend reading
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So Samuel met his old self through a phone call on his birthday, and kept calling the boy from time to time. The younger Sam was full of dreams, while the older self faces failures in his life. And through the calls, the older Sam rebuild his life. 

Told in European Comics style, the story is kinda hard with deep meanings. This is not a fun read, but you have to think through what the author wanted to tell you.
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Many thanks to Netgalley and Europe Comics for the advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I really loved this book. 

The story starts with Samuel celebrating his 35th birthday in his tiny apartment in Paris, all alone, without anyone to talk to. So, he drinks a lot of champagne, eats the whole birthday cake, and calls an old flame. After being shut down by his ex-girlfriend, Samuel accidentally kills his mobile phone by soaking it in champagne. As a joke, he decides to call the only number he remembers by heart from his landline: the phone number of the house he lived in when he was 10 years old. When the phone is answered by his 10-year-old self, Samuel does everything to keep that miraculous connection alive, and in the meantime changes his current, no-good life gradually for the better so as not to disappoint his younger self anymore.

"Someone to Talk To" is a beautifully told story. It is around 260+ pages, but it flows so fast that I ended up craving for more. I especially liked how the artist displayed Samuel's daily routine with only his art, without any texts, giving the illusion of watching a compilation of daily life scenes in a movie. 

I recommend this book to everyone who's still in touch with their inner child.
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I really liked this story and concept.
Main character Samuel is kinda down in the dumps. He lives alone, hates his job and celebrates his birthday alone.  He finds himself talking to his younger self, and he learns more about himself throughout the graphic novel.

This was so cute and I loved the ending! 

Thanks you NetGalley and publisher, for and copy for an honest review.
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I really loved the melancholy in Someone to Talk to. Samuel lives in Paris. He is unsatisfied with his life, he hates his job, he's alone and he feels there's nothing for him out there. On his birthdays he calls his ex to complain about life, but now he ends up calling his former home number. Someone picks up and it's his past self, Sam, when he was 10 years old. They keep talking and the phone calls are interesting analysis about life and choices made without really changing the future, which was a great decision. The calls make the future Sam change the course of his life to find happiness and to be OK with his past too. It's a credible story in its oddity and you end up feeling so much for Sam. The discussions are realistic and heartwarming at the same time with a lot of sadness in them too.

The art looks nice and works so well with the story. The smudginess and roughness is a good counterpart to the soft colors. It reminded me of Cyril Pedrosa, really. Someone to Talk to is a great comic about life and the meaning of it all and still being small and simple in a sense. Such a French thing really!
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My first graphic novel in a long time and o it was a good one. It was touching, sweet and beautifully drawn. 
The book is about Samuel, who's life well... sucks. So one day, when he is down, he picks up the phone and calls his childhood home. And who is on the other end? A younger version of himself.
I honestly thought that this was such a simple but fun idea. It wasn't to complicated and really well executed. The story includes some difficult topics but at the same time it feels light-hearted.
Next to that, the illustrations really fit well with the story, the use of black around the border was fun and I loved some of the drawing from Paris. Sometimes some of the drawings feel a bit overcrowded but I can easily ignore this since I was reading on a big screen as opposed to a physical book which would have been harder maybe. 

I got a copy of this book from NetGalley for free :)
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I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The art was pretty raw, in keeping with the tone of the narrative. Sam, a 35-year-old man, is drunk on his birthday again and calling an old girlfriend. Realizing he's only calling her because he has no one else to talk to, he calls his old childhood phone number and reaches his 10-year-old self. With the self-righteousness only possessed by the untried, the elementary-aged version of himself makes clear he is disappointed and disgusted at the idea of growing up to be the 35-year-old Sam. Motivated to make his life worth achieving, Sam starts making some changes while counseling himself through his own childhood. The artwork was so evocative, perfectly conveying both the despair and joy as Sam works toward change.
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A pretty dark comic, was not really my cup of tea. The illustrations were gritty and there were some good messages in here, but I wasn't a big fan overall.
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there is something about french graphic novels that simply hits different... alongside with Alix Garin's novel, "Forget Me Not," this novel was a beautiful, nihilistic, and very reflective read that I adored. 

the characters were relatable and deeply written, and I have to admit I cried a few times.

this novel follows Samuel, a miserable man in his thirties, living in Paris. one day, he decides to call his childhood home number and his 10-year-old self picks up. 

with every conversation, 10-year-old Sam and 35-year-old Sam help each other to deal with everyday life, which results in adult Sam finally getting the courage to live the life he wants.

this was absolutely amazing. from the very first page, it was so atmospheric and deep, that I couldn't stop reading until the very end.

I will recommend this to everyone until the day I die. <3
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In a nutshell: A brilliant graphic novel (one of the best I’ve picked up this year). A must read!   

Samuel is down in the emotional dumps. He lives all alone in his tiny Paris apartment, he hates his job, and he has absolutely no one to celebrate his birthday with. While on this full self-pity trip, he decides to amuse himself by dialling the only phone number he knows by heart – that of his childhood home. Imagine his surprise when someone actually answers. And imagine his shock when he discovers that the respondent is none other than Samuel himself, from the past when he was just ten years old and full of dreams and aspirations about the future. How can the Samuel from the present talk to his past self without ending up crushing his childhood innocence? 

The plot itself tells you what an imaginative story this is. And the writing style makes sure that you stay hooked from the first page to the last. Samuel’s anguish, his uncertainty, his loneliness, everything is woven into the storyline so beautifully. At the same time, his confrontations with and protectiveness about his younger self strike an emotional chord. After all, if you suddenly find yourself conversing with your younger self, what would you say to them, how much of your present life would you reveal? Do you think your younger self would be happy with the life you are living right now? The narrative covers a wide range of topics such as office struggles, dictatorial bosses, secret crushes, childhood dreams, loneliness, and so on, with each idea being handled well. The ending is the icing on the cake.

I loved how the illustrations depicted the interactions between the two Samuels. But present-time Samuel is drawn in a strange way at the start of the book and though I should have felt sorry for him in his loneliness and despair, I kept getting distracted by the odd drawing style. It’s only after a few pages that I was able to ignore the peculiar style and focus on the story itself. But other than present-time Samuel of the first half, the rest of the graphics are quite good and support the narrative well. So this is just a trivial complaint. 

Overall, I found this novel simply brilliant! The story is outstanding, and the theme, thought-provoking. Recommended for all graphic novel lovers. 

4.5 stars from me, rounding up to 5.

My thanks to Europe Comics and NetGalley for the ARC of “Someone to Talk To”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book.
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<b><i>Someone To Talk To</i></b> is a touching, often funny story of reclaiming the dreams we have for ourselves that got lost in time. Perfect for fans of The Midnight Library, it is a magical realism novel about a man who finds he is able to talk to his younger self.

I haven't read the novel this was based from, but I can tell it's a great adaptation for several reasons. First, that the art style was pleasing and brilliantly executed. Second, the dialogues weren't super long as to bore the reader, but enough to convey the scenes. The silent-picture bits were also brilliantly done.

Over-all, it was a great story of reaching out to the self we have lost. We often have dreams lost with the disapperance of hope, and finding it back is surely hard, but doable.

Sometimes, it takes but one single nudge for us to break-free from that which chains to us, and that nudge may come from anyone, including ourselves.

Thanks to Europe Comics through Netgalley for my e-arc. My thoughts are mine alone and not influenced by it.

content warning: racism towards a Chinese character
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