Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.
Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.
When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.
Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.
Sheets is a cute and heartwarming story about a teenage girl and a ghost that has started to haunt her family’s laundry. The main draw of the graphic novel is the ghost, Wendell, who, because he doesn’t fit in with other ghosts, travels to the human plane (this is not exactly explained so I’m going by what I understood) for adventure but unwittingly causes problems for Marjorie, whose laundry he is ‘haunting’.
Much of the story plot is devoted to Marjorie’s life – she is juggling school life, and her family’s laundry which, after her mother’s drowning some time ago, has fallen onto her shoulders. Her father is depressed (I assume) and is not doing much in the parenting department, and Marj is struggling to keep the laundry afloat while an evil townsman, Mr Saubertuck is trying to sabotage her business so he can buy (more like grab since he doesn’t intend to pay them for the property) the prime location where her house and laundry is. But then Wendell starts haunting the laundry, and causes accidents with the clothes. For him, the dreamer that he is, it is all an adventure, even though he does have his uses when he snoops on Saubertuck later. When she finally finds and confronts him, Wendell helps her out. It has a sweet ending, with a heartwarming friendship developing between Marjorie and the ghosts.
On a story level, it is cute and adorable, especially Wendell, but on the whole it is slow-paced, too. A lot of the panels go towards establishing how apathetic Marjorie feels about her life, and I get that it was an important facet of her characterization but also I was bored by the pacing of it. The artwork is good, but I honestly couldn’t differentiate between the ghosts until like mid-way. Additionally, a lot of the canon surrounding the ghosts isn’t revealed until later on, which makes understanding the start difficult.
Overall, a sweet story, and a delight to read, but not something I was wholly impressed by.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Lion Forge, via Netgalley.