Tuesday, February 13, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Graphic Novel Review of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel is an autobiography that, I'll admit, I had major difficulty reading.

Let's dive in to my brief review!

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 

In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

My thoughts:
I really struggle with autobiographies, especially darker ones that are difficult to read. This one was certainly very difficult for me.

I was recommended this one, so I dove into it pretty blind. At first I wasn't sure what to think. I almost DNFed because of how difficult it was for me. I always feel like I'm being nosey when I read autobiographies and such about dysfunctional families. Like I'm trespassing into their lives or reading a personal journal. Needless to say, it made me incredibly uncomfortable...

But something about this graphic novel just wouldn't let me put it down.

I really loved all of the notes that the author added to point out certain things. And the little splashes of "normalcy" and humor were very refreshing.

Panel from Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

This story must have been an incredibly therapeutic thing to write. I just couldn't stop thinking about how the author must have felt once the story was completed.

Of course, this book certainly won't be for everyone. In fact, I don't think it was really for me either. But I am very happy that I took the time to read it and, despite my personal rating, I would highly recommend giving it a go.

Thanks for reading!
Before picking up this book I had never heard of the term "tragicomic." Have you read any? If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.


  1. I don't believe I've heard of the term tragicomic either. It sounds like a really interesting subgenre though. I can see how a story like this could be cathartic as well. It's definitely a genre I wouldn't be opposed to exploring.

  2. Great review Erica. I never heard about this graphic novel until now. But I don't think it is my type of book, because I don't read any autobiography books now. I used to read a lot of autobiography's when I was in middle school because I was so intrigued about people's personal life's back than. But now I am not really into reading them anymore. I hope your next read is much better Erica. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    1. Yeah, autobiographies can certainly be tricky!! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I just read this one for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge - I liked how it was set up.

  4. I forget what I rated this one, but yeah it was a hard read so I totally understand what you mean in this review.

  5. I have seen this cover floating around and I am definitely interested in reading it. Sorry it was so hard for you to read it! The artwork looks great though :) <3