title: You Brought Me the Ocean
author: Alex Sanchez, Julie Maroh (illustrator)
release date: June 9, 2020
setting: Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
publisher: DC Comics
genres: graphic novel, lgbtq, coming of age, super hero
I received a digital copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
You Brought Me the Ocean was a touching graphic novel depicting the coming of age tale of Jake, a young man who feels like he doesn’t belong. He has his Ma, an over protective woman who is constantly hovering over him (to keep him safe) and his best friend, Maria, but he longs for the ocean… Living in the desert he feels incomplete.
When he builds up the courage to talk to Kenny, an openly gay classmate who has always seemed to be so comfortable with himself, he begins to learn more about himself than he ever expected. Like finding out what the strange “birthmarks” are the cover his skin and react to water.
This was a great graphic novel about what happens when you let yourself be who you truly are and stop hiding from the past. Alex Sanchez is a fantastic own voices author and has done such a great job with this piece. Adding the incredible artistic talents of Julie Maroh and you have You Brought Me the Ocean, a gorgeous dive into a world where you can become your own hero.
Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.
There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.
But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?