Illustrated Memoir “Halfway Home” Follows a 16-Year-Old as She Rediscovers Her Roots
Christine Mari Inzer’s graphic novel Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan is a hilarious memoir about a trip to Japan the author took when she was just 16 years old. Through cute hand-drawn illustrations and eye-catching photos, Inzer’s poignant musings allow you to witness the excitement and allure of experiencing another culture for the first time.
In her book, Inzer recounts how she gawked at the beautiful fashions found in the Harajuku district and gushes about the delicious sushi she had in Tsukiji. The whimsical air of her journal and her hilarious narration style will have you chuckling as she meets a truly fascinating cast of characters on her trip.
Although Halfway Home is humorous, there’s also a serious side when the author attempts to rediscover her roots. Born in Tokyo in 1997 to a Japanese mother and an American father, and later relocating to the U.S. in 2003, Inzer’s Japan trip is as much a journey of self-discovery as it is a thirst for travel lust. But for a debut novel, Inzer’s work is solid, perfectly blending witty humor as well as serious issues into a funny, honest, and completely authentic work.