Passport by Sophia Glock
Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel Memoir
Publishing Date: November 16, 2021
An unforgettable graphic memoir by debut talent Sophia Glock reveals her discovery as a teenager that her parents are agents working for the CIA
Young Sophia has lived in so many different countries, she can barely keep count. Stationed now with her family in Central America because of her parents’ work, Sophia feels displaced as an American living abroad, when she has hardly spent any of her life in America.
Everything changes when she reads a letter she was never meant to see and uncovers her parents’ secret. They are not who they say they are. They are working for the CIA. As Sophia tries to make sense of this news, and the web of lies surrounding her, she begins to question everything. The impact that this has on Sophia’s emerging sense of self and understanding of the world makes for a page-turning exploration of lies and double lives.
In the hands of this extraordinary graphic storyteller, this astonishing true story bursts to life.
About the Author:
Sophia’s comics and cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Narratively, MUTHA Magazine, and Time Out New York. Her work has also been featured in various anthologies including, Ink Brick, Suspect Device, Quarter Moon, DIGESTATE, Rabid Rabbit, and Kilgore Quarterly. Her collection of comics Born, Not Raised was selected to be included in The Society of Illustrators Cartoon and Comics Art Annual 2016 and her short comic The Secrets in My Mother’s Nightstand was shortlisted for The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year in 2016.
In 2008 she was a recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant for her comic, The Deformitory. She is also the author of The Lettuce Girl, SemiSolid, Over Ripe and Passport: Fig. You can pick up her mini comics at indie-friendly stores across the country, or from Bird Cage Bottom Books.
First off I wish to thank TBR Tours & Beyond for allowing me a place on the tour and to the Publishers for sending me a Netgalley Arc.
I am a great fan of graphic memoir novels and so when I read the synopsis of Passport I was very intrigued and excited. But when I started reading Passport I felt a bit let down if I am honest as I began to realise this was not a 3d of a person it was just 1d. I get that Sophie had to be vague but for me there were things that could of been explored more like the hurricane and how it changed a lot of lives and also the suicide of Nora which I felt was glossed over it was like here was Norah and then she wasn't. I also get the wanting to have friends and I question whether Beth was actually one because she kind of used Sophie.
I could not understand Sophie's reaction when she was finally told what the big secret was because the whole setup of the book was for her to 'question' everything but she just accepted what her parents told her even they weren't expecting the reaction they got. I would also like to have got to know Sophie's siblings especially Christopher.
It would of got a 2 star rating but the artwork is exceptional so I have bumped Passport to 3 stars