"Call me Iggy" by Jorge Aguirre is a heartwarming and charming graphic novel that will leave readers smiling from ear to ear. From the moment I picked up this book, I was swept away by Iggy's journey of self-discovery and the delightful chaos that ensues when his ghostly abuelito decides to meddle in his love life.
Aguirre's storytelling is both poignant and humorous, tackling themes of family, identity, and love with grace and authenticity. Iggy's quest to find his place in his family and community is beautifully depicted, offering readers a touching exploration of Latino-American identity against the backdrop of the 2016 election.
One of the highlights of the graphic novel is its richly drawn characters, from Iggy himself to the unforgettable Marisol and the hilariously inept ghost abuelito. Each character feels fully fleshed out and relatable, making it easy to become emotionally invested in their journey.
With its engaging storyline, vibrant artwork, and heartfelt message, "Call me Iggy" is a must-read for fans of multigenerational stories and coming-of-age tales. Aguirre's masterful storytelling will captivate readers of all ages and leave them feeling uplifted and inspired.
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest feedback.
3.8 📚 I really enjoyed reading this book. Iggy was a great character to follow throughout the story, seeing his growth and understanding of not only himself, but of his heritage as well. The artwork is amazing in the book, and while it does touch on some sensitive topics (politics, immigration, racism, etc), it’s necessary and does it in a great way. I’d read more by this author and look out for this illustrator on other graphic novels in the future for sure.
This is a very fun and whimsical trail of intergenerational advice, as well as the complications of real life stuff. I really enjoyed this!
The rep was good, but the Spanish wasn't always accurate and it felt overdramatic at times, paired with a drawing style that highlighted some facial expressions that were downright weird
Such a fun read! Set in 2016 with the events during the national elections, this graphic novel tackles a handful of societal issues that highlights the pain of America.
In Call Me Iggy, Iggy's father immigrated from Colombia in the 80's, but has let all his family traditions die off because he no longer wanted to be associated with that life. Iggy does not know spanish, but ends up taking the class in high school to be close to a girl he likes. When down in the basement he accidentally knocks over the urn containing ashes from his abuelito, causing the man's ghost to appear. As abuelito initially helps him with his spanish class, Iggy begins to learn about his lost family history and what should really be important in life. The majority of this book takes place in 2016, so you are looking at issues with the election, immigration, and DACA as part of the story.
I liked that this book took a look at the importance of family and traditions. That Iggy's grandfather not only gave him a large missing piece of his family history, but that it also made his family take a look at the way that they were living. The interactions between the characters, as well as the emotions, felt real. I also thought it was very interesting to see the viewpoint on Trump's policies as told through the perspective of Iggy's family.
I did feel like the story did jump around a bit, with some parts not really vibing as well with the rest of the book, but they were generally small injections into the story. Overall I liked this and I think that a lot of kids will, too.
This graphic novel is so touching, funny, and truly a story I think everyone can enjoy and should read. It follows the life of a teenage boy, Iggy, who is just starting high school. Iggy is first generation Columbian-American and his parents immigrated from Columbia in the 80s. Iggy starts school and ends up placed in Spanish class instead of French. Who better to tutor him than his abuelito? Except his abuelito is dead so I guess his abuelito's ghost? And his abuelito might not be the best tutor or love advice expert, which leads to Iggy making an agreement with a girl, Marisol, to tutor him in Spanish in exchange for helping her with her work.
This story pulls at your heart strings and also makes you laugh. It both covers typical high school teenager issues while also going into important and more serious topics like immigration and the impact of intolerance and harmful stereotypes, such as those that were loudly shouted during the 2016 Trump campaign, and how they can impact the Latine American community, especially those undocumented. The story was beautiful and let's the reader in on this family's feelings across generations from abuelito, to father, to son. Iggy's abuelito is hilarious and provides so much life to the story, which is ironic given he's a ghost. I truly enjoyed the graphic novel from beginning to end, from the characters to the plot to the overall message.
I'm so thankful to have received an earc of this graphic novel and cannot recommend this graphic novel enough. It will not disappoint!
The inclusion of Spanish dialogue initially made me interested in reading this graphic novel. It took me awhile to get into, but I enjoyed it enough once I did.
*reviewed from uncorrected egalley via Netgalley *
teen graphic fiction - Colombian-American 9th grader in Columbus, Ohio gets love advice from the ghost of his abuelo. (Author is Colombian-American and illustrator is Puerto-Rican).
Cute teen rom-com set against the serious backdrop of the 2016 election. A quick read with lots of humor and relatable characters. More, please!
Set during the 2016 election era, this GN sends sends a message about the impact of racism, deportation and the right to be who you are, live how you choose. Iggy, the MC, grew a lot throughout the book, even with an older brother who has completely different views than him. Iggy, with the help of his ghost Abuelit0, he learns to both love and appreciate his Columbian heritage. Lots of sensitive topics throughout the story. Thanks Netgalley for the e-arc!
I did like this graphic novel. I liked its themes of reconnecting with your heritage. The romance was also quite cute, and I liked our main character. However, I do think that it is a bit too surface level with its messaging at times, and the focus on the 2016 election within this makes it feel extremely outdated already.
I know this was a good book because I finished with a smile on my face. I loved the story of Iggy and his grandfather and how he comes to own his identity. His parents made difficult decisions when they were young and Iggy is getting old enough to understand. His relationships with his friends and family were also well drawn and sweet. The illustrations were perfect for the story. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this graphic novel
This is a great book especially for younger middle school to high school aged kids. It allows you to step into someone else's shoes and see things from another perspective. As everyone's family comes from different parts of the world and are raised differently even if you are from similar backgrounds. I love the character development of Iggy as he grows and learns more about his roots. It also touches on some deep topics and kind of shows how different people even of simmer backgrounds can see these topics in different lights. The Art in this book is also very well drawn.
First I would like to thank First Second Books for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is the story of Iggy, Ohio-born Colombian American high school student, who is struggling with adjusting to high school. While in the basement looking for something for school he accidently breaks his grandfather's urn and his grandfather's spirit appears and starts interacting with Iggy. When Iggy starts struggling with school, specifically Spanish class, he asks his grandfather's spirit to tutor him and while it works out great at first his grandfather's lack of education starts hurting Iggy instead of helping. Iggy decides to ask Marisol to tutor him instead and she agrees in exchange for Iggy helping out at her job. While being tutored by Marisol, Iggy learns the struggle of other people and realizes how good he's always had it.
What I loved:
Iggy's abuelito, he has a lot to teach Iggy that is helpful (like Spanish) but he also give some of the worst advice when it comes to love and relationships
Family, throughout the book Iggy learns about his father and grandfather's relationship and confronts his father about the falling out which really helps Iggy's whole family come together and heal
Political environment, this book did a great job showing how even people who the Trump campaign marked as "other" ended up falling for the false narrative like Iggy's brother who is a minority but supporting him cause of his personality
Marisol, I enjoyed that they brought forth a character who is struggling to get their legal documentation as not a lot of people have a chance to see or experience that struggle and understand how hard it is and how much these people want to do it the right way
Overall I think this is a great book that does a great job depicting the life of an American born Colombian who has to deal with racism and othering on the daily but can still rise about it and be proud of who they are and where they came from. Anyone who is struggling with understanding the life of a minority should give this book a read.
Call Me Iggy follows Ignacio, a Colombian American attempting to improve his Spanish, leading him to learn about himself and his family. He gets help from Marisol and his deceased grandfather (grandpa). Call Me Iggy conveys a powerful message concerning immigrants' struggles and fears, particularly in 2016, although the political climate remains as it is. This heartfelt graphic novel has friendship, hardships, relationships, humor, culture, and family ties.
I thought this was a decent story and I did like the learning about appreciating your culture and family moments. However, I felt like the political aspect could’ve been handle better because it brought up some old feelings for me since the election happened when I was in high school. Overall, it was nice story but I feel like it could’ve been a little bit more tasteful when it came to discussing the political issues.
"America wastes its resources taking care of the rest of the world"
Call Me Iggy tells the story of an Ohio-born Colombian American teen struggling to reconcile his cultural heritage while trying to fit in. Full of first crushes, family drama, ghostly ancestors, and a biting social commentary, this novel is perfect for any first generation American or those of mixed heritage who are exploring their own identity and why family history and culture are important. It opens conversation on how politics affects those of any age and how we can be more cognizant of our impact. I will admit this took a while to get into but I very much enjoyed the story and the messages presented in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel.
It was a feel good story. It was sweet how Iggy found his way through history, made friends and understood his family more. I was too short. I wish I can read more about Iggy in the future. The book talks about culture, family and friends in a sublime way.
Call Me Iggy is a fantastic graphic novel featuring a Columbian American teen named Iggy. Iggy must navigate school, family friends and first love all while witnessing the Trump's first run for president. This is a must have diverse graphic novel. Add this to your YA collection!
Set in 2016, Trump Vs Hilary, 'Gringo' Iggy gets in touch with his past after a little accident in his basement brings the ghost of this grandfather to him.
Honestly, Iggy's character arc is this was good to see, as he was quite two dimensional to begin with, but his personality definitely grew on me.
The graphics are gorgeous!