Title: September 11, 2001: The Day the World Changed Forever
Author: Baptiste Bouthier, Héloïse Chochois (Artist), Dan Christensen (Translator)
Publication Date: August 25, 2021
Publishers: Europe Comics
As always, with non-fiction works I will not be rating this one. As I’ve explained in the past it feels wrong to rate a non-fiction book when this is someones actually story! So instead this review will focus on the writing, my experience reading it & the illustrations.
Firstly, this one is a documentary style graphic novel which I think is an interesting concept. The combination of fact & illustration was a win because if this had been a standard book I probably wouldn’t of even looked at it. Reading text books is just not where my enjoyment lies when it comes to learning as I’m a visual person. So this was perfect for me in that respect.
I did expect to feel more emotional, than I did, reading this one. There were a couple pages that were harder but for the most part it was an easy read. Obviously I’m Australian so it’s not as close to home for me as it is for others but I was left in a sobbing mess after watching @embrenn365 ‘s TikTok series talking about her experience. So it’s not that I wasn’t emotional because of the detachment. Seriously go check those videos out! There is 4 & she is just looking at the camera not in full glam in the preview. So it was a little disappointing that this one fell flat in the emotional category but it is a documentary, so I suppose that’s expected.
As for the actual writing I honestly struggled to follow at times as it was swapping back & forward in the timeline pretty often. This made it a bit difficult to get into as I was at times left lost with certain sections of the book. If I was to rate the writing alone I would probably give it a 3. It would have been a lot easier & impactful if everything just went chronologically… The Illustrations though were really well done.
So overall this wasn’t the best but I would be VERY curious to read more like this but in a less documentary type style. I’d rather read it as a story than the overload of facts. If you have graphic novel recommendations please let me know!
Huge thank you to Europe Comics & NetGalley for providing me an eARC of this one in exchange for an honest review!