by Lisa Naffziger
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 15 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 25 Feb 2020
Letter Better Publishing Services, Iron Circus Comics
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Twists and turns abound in Lisa Naffziger’s teen suspense thriller." — FOREWORD
Beck is on her way to college, thrilled at the possibilities of the next exciting chapter, barely holding it in as she clutches her childhood favorite toy in the family car with her loving dad behind the wheel. And that’s where Beck’s shared experience with the rest of her freshman class abruptly ends and the tangled mysteries of her astonishing life start to unravel. Homeschooled and raised in isolation by the jumpy, over-protective Gill, Beck isn’t allowed online or out of the house alone. Even a quick pit stop on their quiet family road trip takes some negotiation before they finally pull into a remote gas station, where their cautiously stable peace is jolted by gunfire. Beck emerges from the restroom to find her father gone and a dead body on the floor. Beck is in the world now, and she’s beyond not ready for it.
A taut suspense thriller that challenges our perceptions of family and identity, MINUS is a coming-of-age tale where a teen’s new discoveries might be best kept in the shadows.
Average rating from 53 members
This book gave me goosebumps. It was a well told and well drawn story although I wish it was a bit more fleshed out at the end.
A fascinating, compelling story about family and self. A 17 year old girl off to college is abandoned by her father at a gas station in the midst of a shooting. She's afraid of strangers, of trusting people, of even freedom... but now she has to try and find help. And her father. And understand what is going on, and what connection she has to the violence. This is a quick, contained read that makes you think. It's messy and tangled at its core- there aren't any 'big reveals' (the core one is hinted at early on and easy to guess), but it is still a suspenseful story seeing how these tics and secrets come into play. It ends on a clean note, but one that doesn't betray the emotional ambiguity. Obviously, like any good graphic novel, it also caused me to cry for the last ten pages or so. Absolutely worth a read.
This was a really well done graphic novel. The artwork was fabulous and the story was even better. Beck was a really likable character who went through so much! I didn't see the ending coming. Which made me like the story even more. I was definitely on the edge of my seat throughout this one! A must have for libraries!
A wonderful graphic novel that manages to combine a compelling narrative and illustrations to create a wonderful experience for the reader.
this was such a cute book!! i loved the story and the characters so much and the art was gorgeous! the color scheme and everything was just so lovely, a really cool graphic novel for anyone who's looking for one!
In Minus by Lisa Naffziger a young adult thriller graphic novel. Beck is on der way to University of Chicago after being homeschooled most of her life. Where some events take place and she find out the truth. I really enjoyed Minus it was really intriguing and held my interest throughout it. Also I was worried for Beck navigating these events and having to trust strangers.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this! I flew through this, wow! Minus is not your typical story. Beck is on her way to college with her kind of overprotective and paranoid dad. They stop at a gas station and she goes to the restroom: only to hear a gunshot and find that her dad has disappeared. She can't be sure who pulled the trigger killing the cashier or where his dad might be. This was so surprising! I couldn't see the twists coming, and this graphic novel explores a very interesting topic and huge ethical questions that I feel like are not really adressed in books. I found myself thinking about it a lot. The art style was AWESOME: the color choices made this so special and atmospheric.