Aren't graphic memoirs great?! At least that's what I've discovered from the two I've just read: Marjane Satrapi's 'Persepolis' and Maggie Thrash's 'Honor Girl'. Both are completely different in context but equally endearing, combining the adventures and in some cases serious aspects of growing up with cute illustrations and lighthearted dialogue.
Marjane's tale is one of life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. She takes us on a journey from child to near-adult, adjusting to the vale, having her neighbour's house bombed, attending secret parties because parties were forbidden, being sent to Europe to study, finding her style, finding herself in challenging situations, realising how much she appreciates her family and home in Iran, and always staying true to herself and her beliefs.
Perhaps the biggest reason for my enthusiasm for these books though comes from how I love drawings and reading the thoughts that go through people's minds. The two merged together was just always going to be great.