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Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley

Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm #1)
Author: Lucy Knisley
Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade
Pages: 224
Publisher: Random House Graphic
Publication Date: 5th May 2020

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley is about Jen is used to not getting what she wants. So suddenly moving to the country and getting new stepsisters shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom’s new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad.

Most of all, Jen did not want to get new “sisters,” Andy and Reese.

If learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn’t hard enough, then having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers’ market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family . . . and where she fits in.

My Thoughts on Stepping Stones:

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK OKAY!! I read this book at a time when I was feeling very very low and this book gave me the boost of serotonin that I so desperately needed at the moment. This book managed to make me smile when I wanted to cry.

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley is a delightful, charming, and heart-warming story to the fullest. If you are looking for a light, cozy read, this book is the one for you! Though this is a middle grade book, there’s no reason an adult won’t enjoy this book.

The reason I appreciate this book so much is because of the parallels I share with this story. This book is about Jen who grew up in a city but has recently shifted to an almost rural area (like me). Her parents start farming (like me). They also start growing chickens (like me). Jen is having a hard time adjusting in the new place (like me). And she is also finding it hard to adjust with her new step sisters (unlike me).

I truly found Jen’s story relatable and I sympathized with her. I felt connected to Jen on so many levels and this made the book feel very personal to me. She is having a hard time acclimatizing to her new environment and eventually after her struggles, she starts settling in.

The artwork is absolutely breath-taking. The combination of all the colors is extremely soothing to the eyes (see below). I am really a big fan of the illustrations.

Photo credits: @breathingbooks95
Photo credits: @breathingbooks95

All the characters are interesting and adds value to the story. Moreover, Jen’s relationship with her step sisters is incredibly adorable!

This book is semi autobiographical which makes the book even better!

My Issues With Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley

One thing that bugged me was Walter, Jen’s mother’s new partner. I hate him. He was outright rude to her, dismissive of her, and looked down on her, and never appreciated her hard work. I am kinda mad at Jen’s mother too because she never addresses his behavior, she just let him talk rudely to Jen and be like “oh he is just like this.” No, that is unacceptable. To a small child who is already having a hard time adjusting to a new place and also dealing with her parents’ separation, that kind of behavior can be detrimental to her mental health. Her mother should have stepped up and addressed his behavior. Moreover, his behaviour never changed throughout the book. He never acknowledged his wrong behaviors or changed it.

Overall, I absolutely fell in love with this book. Despite it’s flaws, I dearly adore this book for what it was. I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one!

My Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

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