Review | Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

“…I’m your friend. And friends don’t let friends live small lives.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: missions, pies, memorable last work days, succotash, trains, corn mazes, a snack thief, fall food, an angry goat and a lot of pumpkins.

In Pumpkinheads, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award–winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place―and a person―with no regrets.

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years…

What if their last shift was an adventure?

This was soooooo cute, I loved it! I wish I’d read this in the fall, it would be perfect.

The story is so incredibly cute and the friendship made me feel warm and fuzzy. I loved the whole “mission” thing where they seek Marcy while grabbing snacks along the way.

And can we talk about Marcy’s nicknames for a second? Vanessa Fudgens? Fudge Judy? I burst out laughing every time Deja gave her a different nickname.

The illustrations are by far the best thing about this book. The art is soooo beautiful and rich and atmospheric… The illustrator described the fall feeling perfectly with the colors and details.

And now I’m having pumpkin pie cravings… I wonder why.

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