I managed to read the first couple chapters of this through NetGalley but didn’t get around to the whole book until now. I just might have to give this a reread this fall because it was super cute and would definitely enhance those fall feels.
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 a short, fast read (as most graphic novels are imo), but that definitely didn’t stop it from being a really cute and fun story. Nor did my reading it terribly out-of-season, which I think I’ll have to remedy this fall.
I knew from the bit I read from NetGalley that this would be a fun one. Maybe it’s because of the very relatable and realistic characters, the wonderful illustrations, or the friendship between Deja and Josiah; regardless, I really enjoyed this book.
Deja’s focus on food is beyond relatable, especially delicious pies, popcorn, s’mores… 🤤 I’m getting distracted. Deja was also really funny, completely herself, and supportive. Josiah was endearing in his shyness and was also a really good friend to Deja. Regardless of how the story ends this book is 100% about friendship and being there for each other and I am 100% here for it.
The adventure Deja and Josiah go on is basically all I want from my trips to fall fairs/pumpkin patches: food, corn mazes, shennagains with my bestie, and food (did I already mention the food?). It was fun to see how their adventure brought this already close duo even closer on their last day of the season.
There’s really not much more that I can say about this since it was so short and I don’t like giving things away, so I’ll end it here before I get even more repetitive and redundant than I already did!
Bottom line: read this book.