Hanna deals with life, fear, anxiety, depression and even assault. Yet, nothing is “too much” to deal with. Almost every poem is no more than a handful of stanzas. One is even just one line. Humor and seriousness are mixed together to create words of art. Also included are “essays” about what inspired some of their works, where Hanna came from and even where they might be going. The illustrations are stories in themselves. They are sketches in a classic and modern format at once. There is a uniqueness that feels comfortable. They are there to say, “pay attention” to what is going on. They are fancy and plain. And, as with the text, there is a lot being said all at once, without a lot of clutter. Aimed at adults, strong 14 and up teens could also enjoy. — Jeanette
New York Times bestselling authorGabbie Hanna delivers everything from curious musings to gut-wrenching confessionals in her long-awaited sophomore collection of illustrated poetry.
This edition includes a collection of uncomfortably honest personal essays about Gabbie’s childhood and relationships.
In this visually thrilling installment of the inner-workings of Gabbie’s mind, we’re taken on a journey of self-loathing, self-reflection, and ultimately, self-acceptance through deeply metaphorical imagery, chilling twists on child-like rhymes, and popular turns of phrase turned on their heads. Through raw, provocative tidbits, Dandelion explores what it means to struggle with a declining mental health in a world where mental health is both stigmatized and trivialized. The poems range from topics of rage and despair to downright silliness, so if you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, just laugh until you cry.
About the Author
Gabbie Hanna is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Adultolescence and a Billboard-charting musical artist. Starting off as a web-based creator, she amassed a combined 20 million followers across her social media platforms as she worked on her writing and music. A native of a small town in Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh graduate, Gabbie shocked her loved ones when she drove cross-country to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles where she currently resides. For more information visit @GabbieHanna on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.