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On a journey to the old world -- she discovered a whole new world. After a messy year of heartbreak and setbacks, Tara sets off to Ireland in search of clues to her family's ancestry, but what she found wasn't at all what she expected. Some of it has to do with the lack of records, but a lot has to do with John, the charming cartoonist she met on Twitter. An original graphOn a journey to the old world -- she discovered a whole new world. After a messy year of heartbreak and setbacks, Tara sets off to Ireland in search of clues to her family's ancestry, but what she found wasn't at all what she expected. Some of it has to do with the lack of records, but a lot has to do with John, the charming cartoonist she met on Twitter. An original graphic novel wrapped in real family history and set amongst the natural beauty of the Irish countryside, Roots is a classic romantic-comedy adventure and a page-turning account of a young woman finding herself....

Title : Roots
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ISBN : 26038787
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Roots Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-06-23 05:57

    "'Roots.' The word seems to have taken on a new meaning. It's become less and less about my family roots, and more about where I'll lay down my own."Roots is Tara O'Connor's first long form graphic project, a memoir. It's kind of a book within a book, focused as it is in part on a kickstarter project that was successful, yay, preceding this book, a project about O'Connor's "finding her roots," in Ireland. Which wasn't as successful as she had hoped in making dramatic discoveries about her family in Ireland. This book begins with O'Connor being divorced, getting the kickstarter going and getting out of the country. To Ireland, where she spends most of her time, a month, touring with a cartoonist friend she met on twitter. So that happens, they find out a few small things about her genealogy, and develop a friendship that morphs into a romantic relationship. We don't learn much about Ireland, and in truth don't learn much about the guy, but it is a nice and hopeful romantic story about love's return. It feels short, like too much is left out--Jersey diner adventures! Halloween! Christmas! NYC! Dublin!--but it mainly just mentions these things briefly, without many anecdotes, and doesn't go deep enough, but hey, it is just the beginning of a relationship, so it can't be that deep yet I guess.I liked the energy and the cute art and the cover with the red hair which seems to suggest another kind of "roots," ha.

  • Andreia
    2019-06-10 05:11

    "Roots." The word seems to have taken on a new meaning. It's become less and less about my family roots, and more about where I'll lay down my own.I think this is exactly what I liked the most about this book. It wasn't the fact that it was really cute and relatable but how Tara's 'roots' were sprouting as her story unfolded, instead of being already deep underneath the ground. It was how her future ended up mattering more than her past because that's exactly how life works. Because it is a true story, it only touched me more, way more than I was expecting. The long-distance relationship, the self-doubting, and even the doctor's scene forced me to remember pivotal moments of my own life and I found myself smiling and tearing up a little as I read it. I wasn't really planning on reminiscing about those moments anytime soon but that's what a good book can do: make you feel and remember even when you're not planning on it. Roots is about overcoming really hard times and finding yourself in the middle of your own mess. It's about all the new possibilities that come with being brave, and curious about yourself. And it's about love and family and how things may not go the way you want just to go the way you need. It is true and as real as it can get. The artwork is beautiful in a dorky way, which is exactly my favourite kind of beautiful. The drawings seem to have been drawn in just one sitting (and that's a compliment). There are no gaps that should have been filled and the style is consistent and whole-hearted. You can feel how important this book is to the artist by just looking at it and I think that's very special. Tara O'Connor threw her heart into this memoir and I'm grateful to have had the chance to have taken a peek into her life. Thank you, IDW Publishing, for sending me this book!

  • Kate
    2019-05-30 00:09

    Mmm... I wanted to like this graphic novel, I really did. I went into it expecting a travelogue of Ireland, but it quickly morphed away from that. I'm guessing the author is not comfortable with landscapes, because those were mostly avoided (which is half the point of Ireland). And despite having a data dump of the author's family background, I felt like she didn't do enough research before going to Ireland and therefore sort of fumbled around out there.The book quickly morphs into a love story when she arrived in Ireland (from the moment John is introduced you know what's up - I suspect she knew what was up before she went over there too...). Unfortunately I think she was bound by her Kickstarter to try to make this into a story about her roots, so all these themes get mashed together awkwardly. Most of the book is spent detailing what she did each day of her trip, things you don't really need to know. Even as the rewrite of the original graphic novel with "two years later" addition, this book still falls short.Still, the bits where she discussed her past relationship were spot on and hit close to home. I would have loved to see more of that level of honesty and thoughtfulness in the rest of the book. I look forward to seeing what else she creates, especially without the restrictions placed on her by the Kickstarter campaign.

  • Barbara Senteney
    2019-05-30 00:17

    3.5 stars. I liked this book, but found it somewhat slow, it did get better as it went along. The graphics are excellent, and children could also use it as a coloring book. It is basically an authors story of her own journey, and her visit to Ireland, which leads to romance. It was ok as I said just too slow paced for my taste.

  • J. Deans
    2019-06-12 07:11

    ROOTS is a very personal memoir that is more about personal growth than the life story of a young artist. The book began as a journal of O'Connor's trip to her family's homeland, Irealand, after her life took a stark turn. However, it became a chronicle of change, as she struggled to find answers and purpose in a life she thought she knew. Comics became more than just a passion, but an outlet. The weeks that followed were something of a whirlwind, and O'Connor found herself exploring her family less, and her own future more.ROOTS is O'Connor's first long-form graphic novel, after a number of single comics, and features the themes of self-exploration and wonder that run throughout her work. O'Connor is developing a body of work that is perfect for teens and young adults who are looking for stories that are a growth in maturity and themes bridging the works of Raina Telgemaier and Roz Chast.O'Connor has worked for years to tell her stories, and she is on the verge of "overnight success" often found by long-time creators with a strong voice in search of an audience. Her art is full and evocative, paced and delineated with a skill that belies her age. Despite the somewhat heavy stories she sometimes tells, Tara infuses her work with a humor and ease that make her stories easy to get lost in while reading.ROOTS is no different, and even though you feel as if you are eavesdropping on a sometimes heart-heavy, sometimes goofy story, you can't put it down. Thankfully, an extended edition is due in the Fall of 2017, giving readers a chance to share in even more of O'Connor's life.

  • Nicky
    2019-06-16 22:58

    As someone who fell in love with Ireland, I fucking loved this book. It reminded me of a mix of Lucy Knisley's work and Craig Thompson's Blankets. I just wish it was longer. It's a self-publish book, so you can get it on the author's website!

  • Dakota Morgan
    2019-06-08 00:56

    Roots reads like Tara O'Connor wrote a book because she started a Kickstarter saying she'd write a book. She flies to Ireland, ostensibly to uncover her family tree after a painful divorce, but instead ends up in the welcoming arms of a local fellow. They fall in love and stuff and long distance relationships suck and...wait, wasn't this book about Tara's family tree? Every 50 pages, there's a little blip about her ancestors, but most of those sentences end with question marks. Sure, I understand that maybe Tara was too busy falling in love to complete her assignment, but the book feels shortchanged because the actual "roots" elements are so few and far between. And the love story itself is fine in that the love feels real, but it's also not very exciting since about half the pages involve Tara and her beau hanging out in an Irish hotel room watching movies. Riveting! Besides that, there's also almost no sense that things won't work out. Tara goes to Ireland, finds a mate, lives happily ever after. I appreciate that this is all good for Tara, but it's not really a fully realized story, and it's definitely not a story about anyone's roots.

  • Diana
    2019-06-16 00:14

    A quick read travelogue/memoir of Tara's divorce and subsequent travels to find her family's roots in Ireland. Her travelogue quickly morphs into a memoir of her new relationship and the process of healing from a bad past relationship; the details about her family's past are pretty thin and info about Ireland is also spare. Roots isn't exactly what it sets out to be, but her look into healing is relatable and her new love is cute and sweet. O'Connor's black and white art is also really sweet and cartoonish fitting well with the story of new romance.

  • Lindsey
    2019-06-26 06:13

    Thank you to Goodreads, IDW Publishing & to the author Tara O'Connor for this wonderful giveaway! What a beautiful book. I enjoyed every page! Heartbreaking & heartwarming with great art, also done by O'Connor. Tara confirms my need to visit Ireland one day!

  • Clara
    2019-05-27 06:19

    Absolutely wonderful. Just beautiful, moving and insightful.

  • Emily
    2019-06-06 04:04

    This was amazing. It was a really great story with beautiful illustrations. The author captures the thrill of travel and the depths of heartache with a deft hand.

  • Lucy
    2019-06-07 03:10

    Really cute graphic novel!

  • Chelsea
    2019-06-09 03:51

    Wanted a little bit more out of this, not meaty enough for me but loved the art. 3.5 stars

  • Katie Whitt
    2019-05-26 01:57

    I thought this was interesting and moving, albeit a little light. I was definitely rooting for the author and I admire her honesty in what she shared. Definitely a worthy quick read!

  • Coral
    2019-06-26 05:03

    A lovely and refreshing memoir of a personal and relatable story. The more emotional bits are by far the best written parts, but still a touching story with some great art to go with it.

  • elizabeth • paper ghosts
    2019-06-08 02:20

    While Roots was cute in the end, it wasn’t exactly what I expected. With a scant 150 pages, coupled with large art panels, it doesn’t feel like there’s very much there. I wanted more depth, more history, more emphasis on the rich beauty and history of Ireland. The fact that the setting was Ireland didn't even make a huge impact - so little time was spent on the countryside and family research that it felt like it could’ve been set anywhere. That aspect, especially with how it’s kind of played up in the description, was definitely my biggest let down. 50 to 100 more pages and we could’ve gotten a little more depth and detail.What put this just a step above a lower rating for me was the emotional aspect of the story. I did enjoy seeing Tara grow from emotionally scarred to finding love again. Knowing that Roots is based on the author/artist’s experiences, it packed so much more of a punch, reading the things Tara would think about herself. So while it was short and sweet, it’s not one that I’m going to be adding to my personal collection. In the end, for me personally, it lacks depth and detail. But it is a nice, fast read it you need a quick pick-me-up.

  • Vi
    2019-05-27 05:05

    fluffy. lots of drinking

  • Arlecia
    2019-06-22 04:18

    I will never get the time spent back.

  • Cheryl Ruhl
    2019-06-02 04:19

    I enjoyed this gentle story about a woman finding happiness and fulfillment after the end of a frigid relationship. Loved the travelogue of Ireland which served as the setting.