The Past, It Haunts | The Best We Could Do | A Review

Continuing on with our Graphic Novels month, today I’m reviewing The Best We Could Dop by Thi Bui- a novel based on the authors time as a child and her history and parents backgrounds. It’s a fabulous read.
An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui.
This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.
In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.
Star Rating – 3.5 Stars
The artwork is just beautiful. I like how the colours change throughout, from the muted past to the slightly coloured future.  There is barely any colour, but it gives the book a overall soft look – a soft look for a harsh topic.
It’s one of those books that will stay with you. The pain that is portrayed throughout the book, the flashbacks of the family and the war-torn countries. It’s raw, it’s powerful.
It’s filled with History and a powerful message. We do the best for our loved ones. Whether that’s making sure they have food in their bellies or getting them to a safe place, you do what you can for family and this is the kind of book that will make you think.
A wonderful story of family and hope for the future. If you’re after something different, then do give this a read.
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?

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