“Deja, I don’t want October to be over. Because October means you.”
– Josie, Pumpkinheads 2019
October is usually the time for thrills and chills up the spine but sometimes we need a little love, friendship and memories to remind us of the cool fall breeze. And that’s what Pumpkinhead by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Eric Hicks does just that.
Both of these writers cultivate a comic about the longing how things use to be. Our main character Josie wants nothing but to go back to when he first started working at the pumpkin patch festival. His friend, Deja, reminds him that even though they won’t be working at the pumpkin patch anymore, doesn’t mean they can’t visit. Deja reminds not only Josie but also the readers too that, yes as you grow you will feel nostalgic but you have to move on to grow and open up to yourself plus others. If you stay in the same place with the same routine, day in and day out, you will not grow nor learn what beyond your surroundings. To learn to close a chapter of your life is what makes you a mature person ready to move on and write new chapters of your life.
In conclusion, life changes and it’s our choice if we stay stagnant or move with it. Life does not move when we want to, life moves on its own not care nor waiting if you will run up and down with it. Feeling nostalgic for the “good”old times” is okay every once in awhile but if we stay in that dream world, our options about things may never grow to be better. Sometimes memories are good to have but making them is better than reminiscing about them. So go make memories and bring your friends while you’re at it.
Rating: 4.5 teabags
Snacks & Drinks while reading Pumpkinheads:
- Snacks: pumpkin empanadas
- Drinks: PSL aka pumpkin spice latte or apple cider
Playlist/Song(s) to play while reading: