School Of Love by BeKa & Maya: Book Recommendation

School of Love - Beka and Maya
I believe the best of stories are the ones that give you an insight into other minds, presenting a glimpse of what reality is like in the eyes of others. School of Love: Secret of the Heart  is such a story.

School of Love is a fiction that explores what love and relationships look like to middle school students and how they navigate its murky waters. Through the eyes of two friends (Linon and Garance) and their fellow students, we see how love can hurt, or mislead, or heal.


There would be lots of praise for the quality of the artwork on display here and rightfully so. I'll give the crown to the colour scheme in particular. The illustrator managed to find colour blends that look bright yet not bright enough to distract us from the essence of each panel composition. The whole project looks wonderful and any art lover could spend time admiring the artwork without even bothering with the story.

Outside of the artwork, what elevates School of Love is the dialogue between the two protagonists - Linon and Garance. It is like eavesdropping on two real-life characters. The camaraderie between the two leaps off the page and makes the story believable.

Call me old-fashioned, but I am not particularly sure about 11-year-olds kissing in public or wherever. As much as I understand the kinds of questions kids of that age might have when it comes to relationships, I am not sure some of the affectionate display between Linon and her crush is something to encourage. Other characters engaging in the same act seem a little older, which is okay.

This is for teenagers of all ages as well as adults who love to read good middle school fiction (regardless of whether they have kids of that age or not).

Many thanks to Europe Comics for providing a review copy.


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