Sarantos’s novel NOT WHERE I WANNA BE defies classification. I can’t call it a graphie novel, because there is enough narrative and conversation for the reader to get by without the illustrations. But I wouldn’t want the book to not have the illustrations. As I began to read it, I kept thinking, “I am not the intended audience for this book.”
It has a comic book feel to it. I am partial to correct punctuation, grammar, and word usage, all of which this book lacks. But the characters and plot are strong and engaging, as people keep falling or magicking themselves and others from one world to another. Each world is different, and the characters in each world are different, as are the characters in the book.
Nevertheless, I went on thinking, “I am not the intended audience for this book. My son and daughter-in-law are, and I will send it to them eventually.” I went on thinking that until I reached the end, at which time I instantly wanted the sequel. So I suppose I AM part of the intended audience for this book.
If you enjoy fantasy and comic book style pictures, only glossy instead of pulp, I recommend you read this book. However, although I generally prefer Kindle, I strongly recommend that you buy this book in paperback. It just would not be the same without the vivid color illustrations.