LGBTQ+, Manga/Graphic Novel/Comic, Young Adult

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell | Review | Booksmagick

What’s it about

It’s Deja’s and Josiah’s last year together at the pumpkin patch and they want to make it count. Deja wants to taste every kind of food the patch is offering and Josiah wants to finally talk to his crush. And their quest across the pumpkin patch begins.

What I think about it

Pumpkinheads is a cute graphic novel for spooky season and for everyone who loves autumn. It’s heartwarming and charming. I liked Deja and Josiah immediately, they had an easy way with one another which made their friendship even cooler.

I had no idea those pumpkin patches really existed in the US, I only found that out when I was googling those patches. I think it’s a cool autumn tradition and were they not in the US I’d totally like to see one for myself. It has cake and brownies and pumpkins and so much more. The entire atmosphere screams Halloween and autumn and comfort.

Part of the charm was definitely the drawing style which I found perfect for this graphic novel. It was warm and cute and round (if that makes any sense). Kudos to illustrator Faith Erin Hicks and colourist Sarah Stern!

I enjoyed travelling the patch with Deja and Josiah, see the different booths and get to know them. As Josiah is running after the girl he’s had a crush on for the last three years but has never had the courage to talk to, Deja keeps encouraging him to follow his dreams. With good food and cool booths to serve as distractions the two travel across the entire patch in an endless detour.


Just know that it was adorable and while I foresaw the ending I enjoyed it a lot. It was a cute story, not the deepest I’ve ever read but it was a lovely graphic novel for a rainy autumn afternoon.

Bonus: Deja is definitely not straight, so that makes this graphic novel LGBTQ+ ❤


  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks
  • Colourist: Sarah Stern
  • Age: 12 and up
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Release Date: August 27, 2019
  • ISBN: 978-1-62672-162-3

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