A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{June 10, 2010}   Le Blogue de Namasté (volumes 1 to 3) by Maxime Roussy and Marie-Ève Larivière

Plot: Namasté is an average young girl starting high school. When she suspects that someone is reading her diary she starts a blog (and writes nonsense about aliens in her diary for the benefit of the snoop). She writes about her family: her grandfather with whom she is very close, her military father, her mother, her beloved dog, her computer-obsessed brother, and his odd friend Tintin. She also writes about her first loves and her attempts to find her place in the world through improv and by fighting against bullying, among other things.

This is a series that will appeal to the fans of Le Journal Intime d’Aurélie LaFlamme by India Desjardins. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea for this series arose out of Desjardins’ incredible success (seriously, I’ve seen her at events, she’s like a superstar). Both are very intimate views of young girls going about their daily lives. Ultimately, Namasté’s blog is also a diary but the format allows for some additional play. The authors insert a lot of images with captions that are good for a laugh. It’s a fun read with lots of interesting twists. My one complaint is the forced suspense between novels: every book ends with a big, shocking surprise that is not revealed until the next volume. T\I understand that this is their hook to keep you reading but I feel they could keep their readers without such gimmicks if they tried. I would not call the series brilliantly written but Namasté’s chronicle of her life is at times funny and at times sad and its a good way to pass the time.


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