TW: Death, Serious Injury
I love a unique graphic novel concept, and that’s exactly what Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre have created. Lifetime Passes is about a group of friends who spend their summers at a local amusement park. But Jackie, a DACA kid being raised by her aunt, is devastated to learn that her aunt can’t afford the season pass this year. Desperate to spend the summer at the park with her friends, Jackie hatches a plot to earn a lifetime pass. If someone in a park-goer’s party dies whilst in the park, the entire party may be given lifetime passes for their silence. Jackie uses her aunt’s position at the Valley Care Living facility to take some of the residents on field trips to the park, hoping that one will die during the visit and earn the group passes.
The most compelling part of the story to me was the connections that Jackie makes with some of the characters. She really learns a lot about herself and life by talking with others and learning about their struggles. It doesn’t take long for her to understand how selfish and shallow her plot to get lifetime passes is.
The graphics in Lifetime Passes are very good – I can’t wait to see them in full-color.
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Though the basic plot was dark, there was also hope, growth, and love. I look forward to reading more from Blas and Aguirre.
Lifetime Passes will be released October 5th, 2021.
I received an advanced review copy of this book for free via NetGalley, and am leaving this review voluntarily.