The backstory: Entertainment Weekly named How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less as one of the 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2010.
The basics: Sarah Glidden goes on a birthright trip to Israel with trepidation because of Israeli policies. Is it all propaganda or will it be a great experience?
My thoughts: For some reason, I have been having an incredibly difficult time reviewing this lovely graphic memoir. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was a fascinating look into the birthright trip experience, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and young adulthood. Sarah Glidden is refreshingly honest about her struggles with Israel and Palestine. She wants there to be a right answer, and she hopes to find it through her thorough pre-trip research and open eyes throughout her trip.
The verdict: I shared in Glidden's frustrations at the complexity of life. Her trip is emotional in so many ways, and I truly felt I experienced it with her, through both her watercolor art and words.
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Length: 208 pages
Publication date: November 9, 2010
Source: my fantastic local public library
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