Wash Day Diaries


Beautiful and fun!

I absolutely adored this! Wash Day Diaries is a gorgeous graphic novel about the lives of four best friends, all set along with the backdrop of their personal hair routines. All the women have very distinct personalities and vary in their approach to life, mirrored by their hair care choices. The women go through the usual trials and tribulations of adult life alongside situations that are more specific to the lives of women of color. It’s not only incredibly relatable and heartwrenching at times but also loving and hopeful.

One of the things I loved about this was the relationships between the four friends. They have ups and downs in their personal lives, but also within their friendships with one another. Still, their relationships with the other girls are the backbone of this graphic novel, and they support each other through all their issues no matter what. I loved that they were a strong friend group who helped one another but were also willing to call out one another when the situation called for it. Not only that but like any good best friend, the girls are ready to throw hands when a man disrespects one of their boundaries, and I loved the fierceness of their loyalty. This was such a fun read, and I found myself invested in their lives. I genuinely hope there is more to this and the world is given another volume. I recommend this to everyone, between the writing and the incredibly gorgeous artwork—also an excellent recommendation for anyone looking for a book about friendship.

Title: Wash Day Diaries
Author: Jamila Rowser, Robyn Smith
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781797205458

Three Descriptors: Colorful, Realistic, Moving

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