Happyface by Stephen Emond
Because, yes, it’s a young adult novel with sketches strewn throughout, but gosh-darn-it, it made me pause.
Because I stayed up late to finish reading it.
Because the protagonist is never named and is the only character drawn stick-figurish and I thought that was cool.
Because it made me want to write.
Because of the tone of the book.
Because it went from cute book to powerful and it was a great read during both parts.