Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting
Fresh out of art school and creatively unfulfilled, Molly is stuck in the suburbs with her parents and their cat, Pishi. When she is offered an opportunity to cat sit, she sees it as a way to get closer to her friends who live in the Los Angeles Arts District while fulfilling her dream of making a living as an artist.
Personally, I found this graphic novel to be one of the more relatable ones that I’ve read. As an actress and author, I could easily put myself into the shoes of a young struggling artist trying to make something of herself. She’s quirky, kind, and thoughtful, the kind of character that drums to her own beat. Then throughout her tale there are other memorable characters: from her wonderfully supportive mother to her best friend Sarahh (which notably made me giggle as a fellow Sara who has done similar things in the past) to the boy that was a friend, but in the silence, he was also so much more.
I’d like to gush about this beautiful art style which was splashed with vibrant color and decorated with a very current, hip style. One of my favorite character designs aside from Molly and Sarahh was a certain silver-haired character that the reader was not meant to like. The brilliant illustrations of cute cats and eye-grabbing urban environments were such a staple of this story.
A struggling young artist is pensive throughout her days; troubled with friendships, boys, and a father who just wants her to get a real job. But Molly swims against the stream - wanting nothing more than to follow her passions of becoming a well-established artist in her own unique way. She stumbled upon a quick way to make a buck and that blossoms into something more, but also something unexpected. Then there’s a moment where change becomes overwhelming as she makes big steps in her life. I admired Molly in those moments.
I picked up this graphic novel via YA Bound Book Tours and at first glance I believed it was going to be a silly little story about a girl sitting for some people’s cats, but to my fortunate surprise the story quickly shifted into so much more. This graphic novel was inspiring, funny, adorable, and left me wanting more from these very talented people. I would highly recommend Finding Molly if you are in the market for an adorably inspiring tale of one artists path to finding herself and her muse.