The Isobel journal

By Isobel Harrop, published by Hot Key Books.

The Isobel Journal

Goodreads Synopsis: THE ISOBEL JOURNAL is no ordinary snapshot of a contemporary teenage life. A charming and

vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author’s sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions, it captures her wit, her observations and her creative talent as she takes us through the three central themes in her life: ‘Love’, ‘Friends, Art and Otters’ and ‘Me’.

Resonant of Laura Dockrill’s MISTAKES IN THE BACKGROUND and with the powerful naïve illustrative style of cult Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, this is a collector’s gift for teenagers and all who have the teenage experience still in their hearts. Readers will emphasise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. A must-have for all hipster teenagers and anyone who appreciates the raw creativity of youth. Enchanting and poignant

My Review: This arrived in the post today. I got back from school, opened it, got annoyingly distracted by revision. Grr. But then, on a revision break, I thought to my self: aha! I’ll read a few pages now, as I’ve not got my current read near me. I opened it, and got so immersed in Isobel’s world, I just devoured the whole thing in one sitting!

I’ve never read, or looked at (Most of it is illustration, photos and scrap-booking) anything much like this before. Isobel’s doodles are quirky, contemporary and uplifting- I enjoyed looking at them so much! This cute book is packed full of drawings of Isobel’s family, friends and strangers see sees that she scribbles down in her notebook. They all made me smile! Of course, I’m following Isobel Harrop on Twitter, so I know full well that she LOVES cute animals- especially otters. IF you pick up a copy of this, make sure you look at her section in which she draws the animals she loves! I almost fainted, from the cuteness overload ;D

The whole book is not exactly a fiction book… it’s pretty much all like a diary or a scrapbook, full of pictures of places with Isobel’s illustration’s of them, and there are some event recounts, with lots and lots of awesome drawings. It really is like taking a peek into the life of an eighteen year old (Yes, Isobel is eighteen! And with a book published! WHOA!). I found myself transported to all of the places Isobel has drawn and written about: like the Boy Problems Bus Stop (That made me giggle).

Look! A lovely page with photos and drawings and that homemade, scrap-book feeling. Photo credits to the HKB Tumblr page!

I better stop here, now, or I’ll start rambling on and on, describing each and every picture in the book. Yes, I would do that. I could write about this book and how amazing it is for ages! Overall, it’s a must have, for anybody. If you love art, and comics, buy it. If you’re a fan of vintage clothes, or otters, buy it. If you’re looking for a heart-warming, unique read that you’ll fall in love with, buy it. I enjoyed reading it so much! It’s one of those unique, original books that I’ll treasure- and this page I’ll leave you with especially had inspired me to make a similar scrapbook:


I loved these scrapbook, diary style entries!

Go grab a copy now! I can’t recommend it enough!

My Rating:


I received a copy of The Isobel Journal from the publisher, in exchange for a review. In no way at all did this affect my thoughts.


2 thoughts on “The Isobel journal

  1. Maya @ The Book Nook

    My copy of this came in the post yesterday and it was just so beautiful that I sat stroking it for a couple of minutes! I read it this morning (all in one sitting, like you) and completely agree with you about how special it is. Definitely 5 stars! I know I’ll reread it a lot too. Lovely review!


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